Adjournment Speech Queen’s Birthday Honours

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (19:55): We had 10 wonderful recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours recently. Firstly, Alan Ferguson, a great friend and mentor, was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the parliament. He was our state Liberal Party president from 1990 to 1992 and was appointed to the Senate on…

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National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (10:57): Let me say from the outset that I am both surprised and disappointed at the member for Macarthur’s comments, and particularly the shadow minister’s comments, on this bill, the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020. The members are either seeking to deliberately…

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MPI Pensions and Benefits

  Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (15:58): I think there’s a bit of a point being missed here by those on the other side. Most of the rules, laws and regulations that sit within our modern society are built on the foundations of those that have gone before. We had the shadow Attorney-General in here speaking…

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PMB General Motors

  Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (10:39): I move: That this House: (1) recognises the long-term business investment General Motors has made in Australia over 72 years and the impact its decision to withdraw from the Australian market will have on more than 200 Holden dealerships across Australia; (2) asks that as General Motors terminates Holden…

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ABC funding

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (17:22): It gives me pleasure to rise on this motion by the member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie. I think the motion is structured in two parts in so much the first half deals with congratulations to the ABC for the fine work they have done over the summer, and the second…

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Joy Baluch Bridge and Port Wakefield Overpass Announcement

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (10:51): Yesterday I had the great pleasure of attending a press conference just north of Gepps Cross in Adelaide with the Premier, Steven Marshall, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Stephan Knoll, and the member for Narungga, Fraser Ellis, where we announced the winning tenders for the duplication of the Joy…

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Land Acquisition Act

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:34): I’ve spoken in this place many times about the injustice that sits within the Commonwealth Lands Acquisition Act and the compulsory acquisition orders that go with that. I’ve had a number of purchases on my patch that have come about as a requirement of Defence wanting to expand operations. I…

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Regional Airport Security Upgrades

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (16:35): As at 1 January, regional airports throughout Australia are required to have full passenger screening scanners in airports that operate aircraft with a seating capacity in excess of 40 and with more than 30,000 passenger movements a year. I support these measures, it must be said. The government doesn’t make…

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Infrastructure Funding

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (16:25): As I’ve been sitting here listening to that contribution, I actually looked up the definition of ‘own goal’. It is ‘an unintentional deflection that causes a score to the opponent’s team’. I’m given to reflect that when I look at the topic of this MPI: the failure to provide adequate…

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Farm Household Support Amendment

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (18:31): I rise to speak on the Farm Household Support Amendment (Relief Measures) Bill (No.1) 2020. This is the latest set in a group of modifications that the government has made in recent times to farm household assistance. While I fully accept that some parts of Australia have had good rain—in…

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Roads to Recovery

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (11:53): I rise to speak on the motion by the member for O’Connor, which recognises that $6.2 billion was committed to and is being spent on the Roads to Recovery program through the current funding cycle. There are 27 councils in the electorate of Grey, and then there are a number…

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Coronavirus

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (12:23): I rise today to speak on the coronavirus and the effects that it is having directly on my electorate in these early stages. It was reported this morning that there are now 44,754 cases worldwide, in 27 countries, and reported deaths are 1,112. These figures are certainly concerning, but there…

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Australia Day Award Winners

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:41): I’d like to pay tribute to those in the electorate of Grey who were recognised for service to community through the Australia Day Awards. Glenise Coulthard AM from Port Augusta is an Aboriginal woman who has worked all her life in the health sector in Port Augusta, delivering for her…

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Bushfire Condolences

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (17:43): I rise to speak on the bushfires condolence motion today. It has been a challenging time particularly for much of eastern Australia, but right across Australia now as Western Australia is struggling with fires. It’s unsurprising that we’ve had some fires in my electorate of Grey, since it covers over…

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Schoool Visit Program

I think a trip to Canberra would be good for all Australians. It’s no great secret that sometimes they wonder what we do in this place—and perhaps this morning I’ve even wondered that myself—but all those people who do visit Canberra come away from a visit to Parliament House with a better idea of what…

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International Day of People with Disability

Today is International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day which aims to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, while also celebrating their achievements and contributions. It’s also a significant day for the National Disability Insurance Agency as it continues to deliver the world-leading NDIS, a scheme providing Australians…

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Yorke Peninsula Fires

It certainly has been a vigorous start to the fire season in Australia, and, while in South Australia we haven’t suffered fires of the colossal size of those in the eastern states, we’ve certainly had our own touches. It started back on 11 November in Port Lincoln—sadly, in an area that has seen a number…

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NBN SkyMuster

It is interesting to listen to the member for Gilmore and her very negative outlook on the world, I must say, as she leaves the chamber. Towards the end of her speech, she rounded on the satellite service, saying it was second-rate and substandard. It was interesting because my opening remarks were going to be…

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Roxby Downs Carols

On Saturday night, I had the great pleasure of attending the Roxby Downs carols night. There were probably 250 or 300 people on the town oval. Well done to Theresa Bunyon, Ben Vandeleur and Alan Stewart, for putting all of that together. There were some terrific performances from a young lady called Codey Napper, who…

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Diabetes Speech

  Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (11:26): I thank the member for Werriwa for moving this motion this morning that marks international diabetes day on 14 November. It’s no surprise to members of this House that I and the member for Moreton are the co-chairs of the ‘parliamentary enemies of diabetes’. I’ve got to say that…

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