90 sec Eyre Premium Hay

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:05): Last week, on Friday and Saturday, I had the pleasure of a visit from Senator Anne Ruston, the assistant minister for agriculture, to my home town of Kimba. We visited two businesses. In particular today, I want to talk about one-this is a new business-Eyre Premium Hay. The Eyre Peninsula…

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Constituency Syatement Rural Doctors

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (10:12): I rise again to speak in this place on the supply of doctors in rural areas. I prepared a report about two years ago, and updated it 12 months ago, with some suggestions to address this shortfall. Twelve months ago there were 28 vacancies listed in rural South Australia and…

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MPI Health funding

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (15:59): I sometimes think those opposite are living in a parallel universe. Yesterday I made some comments in this House that upset some people-that if a lie is repeated often enough people start to believe it. That’s what is happening from that side of the chamber. It is a fact that…

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Adjournment – South Australia

Tonight, I wanted to speak about the state that we find South Australia in, and not just on water issues. We are losing another seat at the federal level. We have a redistribution underway at the moment. In 1997, we had 13 seats in South Australia and, in 1998, we had a redistribution and went…

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PMB Education Funding

Mr RAMSEY: I do believe, though, that a mistruth is being repeated here which is simply not correct. Labor and the member opposite claim to have the high moral ground on education. On one hand they say David Gonski’s the font of all knowledge on education, when in fact Mr Gonski was never happy with…

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Clontarf Foundation

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:53): On Tuesday I had the very great pleasure of catching up with Gerard Neesham. I met him many years ago with the great member for Canning Don Randall, who unfortunately has passed now. Gerard was a former teacher, a WAFL and AFL player, and the inaugural coach of the Fremantle…

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Cashless Debit Card

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (17:59): I’m very proud to stand in this chamber as the member representing the first community in Australia that had the gumption to attack one of the great social evils within its midst-in particular, excessive alcohol consumption. That community is Ceduna and the surrounding communities of Yalata, Oak Valley, Koonibba and…

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Report Tabling Regional Development and Decentralisation Committee

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (17:59): I’m very proud to stand in this chamber as the member representing the first community in Australia that had the gumption to attack one of the great social evils within its midst-in particular, excessive alcohol consumption. That community is Ceduna and the surrounding communities of Yalata, Oak Valley, Koonibba and…

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90 Sec Steel Order for Liberty OneSteel

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:46): As Christmas nears, it gives me great joy to be delivering good tidings to Whyalla. In fact, we have announced a 14,000-tonne rail order for the Inland Rail, for Parkes to Narromine-something I am sure you’re very pleased about, Mr Deputy Speaker Coulton. The order will be worth around $20…

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MPI NBN

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (15:52): When the coalition was elected to parliament in 2013 there were no premises in my electorate of Grey connected to the NBN. Work had started in Port Augusta, but it had ceased because the contractor had withdrawn from the contract. In fact, they’d gone broke. It was the same in…

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Marriage Equality

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (15:15): I rise to speak in support of these amendments. Of the five amendments put forward, this one is the most palatable to all. I actually find it quite difficult to believe that this chamber would not overwhelmingly adopt these amendments, which have no reflection at all upon the Marriage Act…

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Marriage Equality

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (17:57): It was Churchill who told us that democracy was the worst form of government, except for all of the rest. So it has been with our postal survey: democracy has been celebrated. It has shown that it can succeed, with a postal survey to assess the country’s desire to legalise…

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Diabetes

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:54): Diabetes Australia is 60 years old, and last week in the Great Hall in this place we held a 60th birthday celebration. Diabetes Australia is a wonderful organisation with wonderful partners like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the DANII Foundation, and they were all there. We were privileged to…

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PMB White Ribbon Day

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (10:41): I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. This is my oath. In 2014 I took this oath when I became a White Ribbon ambassador, as part of my strong belief that women should live in safety and free from all forms of violence. For…

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Adjournment Energy

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:35): Sometimes you know when you’ve come into the right place and it’s your place in time-when all your little ducks line up, if you like. And so it is with the National Energy Guarantee. I’ve been in this place since the 2007 election. It would be fair to say that…

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90 sec Anzac Day Schools Award Crystal Brook

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:41): I’m very pleased to take this opportunity to congratulate the Crystal Book Primary School on winning two prizes in the 2017 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards. The school has displayed great initiative and creativity in the way it commemorates Anzac Day, helping students to understand more deeply the significance of our…

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MPI Poverty and Inequality

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (15:45): I thank the member for Jagajaga for bringing this subject matter to the House’s attention today: poverty and inequality. It brings me to question some of the driving motives of those of us who are brought to this place, and the differences between the government and the Labor Party. I…

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PMB Regional Education Hub

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (18:53): I would like to thank the member for Indi for bringing this motion before the parliament. It gives me an opportunity to discuss the coalition’s electoral commitment of $15.2 million from 2017-18 to 2020-21 to establish up to six regional study hubs across Australia. In the electorate of Grey we…

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