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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Regional Ministerial Taskforce

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:53): I rise today to give support to the work of the Regional Ministerial Taskforce, announced by the Prime Minister to promote jobs and growth in our rural, regional and remote areas. Rural, regional and remote Australia is different to where most Australians live, the city, and we need a different…

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Diabetes

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:45): I rise today to speak on the importance of diabetes awareness in Australia. Currently 1.7 million Australians are living with diabetes, a figure which is set to increase to 3½ million in two decades. While we are proud in Australia that we have the highest standards of pathology testing worldwide,…

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Rural health

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (17:20): I rise to speak on the Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) Bill 2017. I must say I am very pleased with this legislation, because with an electorate like Grey, which is an area a bit bigger than New South Wales, health delivery is certainly one of the core…

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18C Human Rights

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:30): There has been much debate regarding the Racial Discrimination Act in Australia, particularly section 18C, and we have all become increasingly familiar with 18C, which creates an offence of saying anything which is reasonably likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people because of…

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Higher Education

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (10:49): It is a pleasure to rise on this motion from the member for Sydney on higher education. It is interesting to listen to the member for Richmond speaking about Labor’s vision for higher education and education generally. Labor’s record in office is an absolutely classic example of the Labor Party…

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Nonning Outback Ball

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (19:45): On the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Nonning Outback Ball, staged by the Gawler Ranges Progress Association. The Gawler Ranges are a stunning range featuring spectacular granite outcrops, permanent waterholes, sometimes with waterfalls, and beautiful arid grazing plains stretching from Iron Knob to Wirrulla-a distance of about…

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National Stronger Regions Fund

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (12:43): Madam Deputy Speaker Vamvakinou, I commend my good friend the member for Forrest on this motion and I am sure we will have your indulgence in speaking more about South Australia than perhaps Western Australia. The National Stronger Regions Fund was launched in 2014, and over a billion dollars over…

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Matthew Flinders and Trim’s Statue Port Lincoln

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:43): A new statue of Matthew Flinders has been unveiled in Port Lincoln. Flinders took three journeys to the Southern Ocean between 1791 and 1810 from his native England. He was only 28 when he completed the circumnavigation of Australia and was the first to have used the word ‘Australia’ to…

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National Disability Insurance Scheme

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:49): I rise to speak on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund Special Account Bill 2016. This bill legislates for the establishment of a savings fund to allow the government of the day to properly manage what will be the biggest effort ever attempted to provide the kind of living…

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Tunarama 90 sec

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (13:37): Every year for last 57 years, the city of Port Lincoln has staged the Tunarama Festival-originally to mark the departure of the tuna fleet. In more recent times, the industry that spawned the festival has changed into a modern, dynamic industry focused on quality production and marketing; so too the…

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MPI Energy Three Minute Statement

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (15:46): It gives me no pleasure at all to stand here today and proclaim myself as a modern-day Cassandra, but I can say, ‘I told you so.’ I have been saying for quite some time-in fact, for over four years; I have checked my records-what would happen to the South Australian…

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Tarcoola Rail

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (10:46): I rise today to give the House an update on the government’s commitment to invest in the Adelaide-Tarcoola rail project, which falls within my electorate of Grey. As members are probably aware, it was only in April last year that Whyalla’s Arrium steel works went into administration following a very…

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Energy Question to the Prime Minister

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (14:07): My question is to the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister update the House on how the government’s energy and childcare policies are backing hardworking Australians and supporting family budgets, including in my electorate of Grey? Mr TURNBULL (Wentworth–Prime Minister) (14:07): I thank the honourable member for his question. I…

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Interactive Gambling Amendment

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (11:59): The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 deals with online gambling and, in particular, international online gambling, which is deemed as illegal. Gambling is a great Australian pastime, and although I am not a big gambler myself, I do not mind a flutter. Normally I need to be at the races;…

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Interactive Gambling Amendment

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (11:59): The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 deals with online gambling and, in particular, international online gambling, which is deemed as illegal. Gambling is a great Australian pastime, and although I am not a big gambler myself, I do not mind a flutter. Normally I need to be at the races;…

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Question to Min Frydenberg Energy

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (15:05): My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Energy. He would be well aware that my electorate of Grey bore the brunt of last September’s power outages in South Australia-Port Lincoln was out for three days; some places for four days-and how the doubling of electricity prices is…

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Taxation and Superannuation Amendment

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (17:31): I rise to speak on this bill to amend the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and Taxation Administration Act 1953. Largely, changes to these acts are noncontentious. I thank the previous speaker for his support even though I must admit I was a little bemused when he congratulated the member…

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