Live Sheep Export MPI

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (15:44): I was a farmer for 30 years, and like all farmers-like all Australians-I was appalled at the images on the 60 Minutes program about the Awassi Express. It is clear that, as a nation, we will not tolerate this kind of treatment of our animals, and the industry is unsustainable…

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90 Sec EP Oyster breeding hatchery

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:31): Last week I had a visit from the assistant minister for fisheries, Anne Ruston. We visited a number of businesses in my electorate. In particular, we went to Cowell, where we visited the brand-new Eyre Peninsula oyster breeding hatchery. What a wonderful visit it was. Some of you would be…

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PMB Regional Employment

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (11:20): This government has a very proud record and, in fact, a very exciting tale to tell on jobs at the moment, with 403,000 new jobs created in the economy last year, and 75 per cent of those being full time. That’s a record job creation package. It’s a great performance…

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PMB Home Care Packages

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (12:37): Last week I had the great pleasure of having the aged-care minister in my electorate. We visited Ceduna and Peterborough. I’ll come back to that in a moment. Let me say that, having spent a bit of time closely with the minister, I don’t think we could get a man…

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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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