Fair Work

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (11:33): I want to focus particularly today on some propaganda that has been circulated in my electorate by the Australian Labor Party-by Senator Gallacher, in fact. Recently, people in the cities of the Spencer Gulf-Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie-received a DL in their mailboxes. There are a number of very…

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CID Solar Thermal Port Augusta

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (18:37): I trust that the member for Herbert will get a map and find out where the Snowy Mountains are. South Australia, Minister, is the epicentre of the energy crisis facing Australia, and it is a cheap and adequate example to the rest of Australia on what not to do with…

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Statoil Announcement

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:56): Last October, like many South Australians and my constituents, I was disappointed when BP announced that they were pulling out of their drive to drill wells in the Great Australian Bight. Their 30 per cent partner, Statoil, announced last week that they would be taking over two of those leases.…

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Criminal Code Amendment Protecting Minors Online

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (18:48): There can never be too much that we can do to protect our children, and the Criminal Code Amendment (Protecting Minors Online) Bill 2017 will add another layer to laws aimed at protecting children under the age of 16 from online predators. Carly’s Law, a law that has evolved out…

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Veteran’s Affairs Bill

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (12:00): I rise to speak in support of the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2017. I am proud to be part of a government which supports our veteran Australians. The government has invested an additional $350 million in this year’s budget to support our veterans. More than 300,000 Australians…

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Arrium sale a step closer

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has welcomed today’s news that two official bids have been placed for the take-over of Arrium, which includes the Whyalla assets. Mr Ramsey said Arrium had been in administration for more than a year and the Federal Government had invested $120m to improve the bottom line of the Whyalla…

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MPI Budget

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (15:51): I read the topic of this matter of public importance and I thought, ‘There’s a typo.’ There has got to be something wrong here: The Government’s unfair Budget hurting ordinary Australians. It is not hurting ordinary Australians. It is helping them. It is rebuilding the Australian economy. It is mapping…

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Jeff Morgan Gallery

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:04): It gives me great pleasure to thank Jeff and Miriam Morgan of Jeff Morgan Gallery in Hawker in the central Flinders Ranges for giving me the honour the last Friday of opening the latest addition to Jeff’s art gallery. The latest addition is a panorama of the Arkaroola waterhole, Nooldoonooldoona,…

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Education Amendment

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (12:16): This bill-the bill, not the amendment-should be greeted with nothing but acclaim in this parliament; it ticks all the boxes. Sadly, Labor members come in here bleating about non-existent cuts to non-existent funding. The funding that the Labor Party promised under Julia Gillard was virtual funding; it was the funding…

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Adani Coalmine

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:37): I want to express to the House my appreciation of Adani for their commitment to purchase $74 million work of steel rail from Whyalla Steelworks. I am very concerned at the moment about the vacillation of the Queensland government, who do not seem to know whether they are coming or…

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Adjournment Taxation

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (19:45): I must report to the House how pleased I am and how pleased my businesses are with the recent tax cuts that the government has legislated through and that will be flowing through to small and medium businesses from 1 July. We are, of course, immediately cutting the company tax…

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Appropriation Speech

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:47): I am very pleased to be speaking on the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2017-18 and related bills and supporting the government’s budget. Just as she leaves the chamber, I refer to some of the things that the member for Jagajaga raised, particularly her indignant response to the view that the…

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90 Second Statement- Electricity

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:53): That was a very sombre speech to follow, and I thank the member for Solomon for those words. I can assure you that all in this House feel the same way. Unfortunately I am not speaking about a subject so harmonious today. I am speaking about electricity in South Australia-what…

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Fair Work Amendment

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (17:18): I rise to speak on the Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017 and the amendment to the bill. Australia is recognised as being generally honest. It is an honest place to grow up in. It was certainly an honest world that I grew up in. I do not think…

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Matters of Public Importance

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (15:46): I might just point out to the previous speaker, the member for Scullin, who speaks of this policy having no friends, that I can tell him how much negative contact I have had into my office since this policy was announced-none. Zero. I always have a fair idea when government…

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Laura Folk Fair

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:34): This weekend will see the 37th staging of the Laura Folk Fair. Tucked away in the shade of majestic red gums on the banks of the Rocky River, the country town of Laura in the Southern Flinders Ranges is the boyhood home of celebrated Aussie poet CJ Dennis. This beautiful…

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Great Western Bridge 90sec

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:25): Port Augusta is the crossroads of Australia. All east-west and north-south traffic passes through Port Augusta over the single-lane Joy Baluch Bridge. The Baluch Bridge was opened in 1972, replacing the Great Western Bridge, which has since served as a safe and attractive walkway linking the two halves of Port…

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Fair Work

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (10:58): This bill put forward by the Leader of the Opposition-the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Take Home Pay) Bill 2017-is entirely disingenuous. He seems to not remember that he was responsible for setting up the Fair Work Commission, for staffing the Fair Work Commission and for triggering this inquiry. It really…

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Energy March 23

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (12:53): Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker. I want to speak this afternoon about electricity. The focus has been on South Australia and what has become the rolling disaster of electricity supply in South Australia, it must be said. The cause of this can be linked back to the premature…

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Diabetes

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (10:11): Just a short report to the parliament on the success of the diabetes testing day conducted by Pathology Australia in conjunction with the Parliamentary Friends of Diabetes yesterday, right here in parliament. One hundred tests were carried out yesterday in the old FCM travel offices adjacent to Aussies, and a…

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