Appropriations

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (18:01): The previous speaker, the member for Bruce, is in a gloomy mood, I suspect! The Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2019-20 and cognate bills are about the government getting the finance to meet its commitments, and it is those commitments, particularly in my electorate of Grey, that I want to speak to…

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Women in Sport

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (11:22): They were good remarks from the other side. I thank the member for them. This speech probably should have been given last week because, unfortunately, last week in the netball our Australian Diamonds were defeated by one goal by the Silver Ferns—one miserable goal. Maxwell Smart would say, ‘I missed it…

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Australian Space Agency

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (10:22): I move: That this House: (1) notes that this week 50 years ago the human imagination was captivated by the first man to walk on the moon; (2) recognises the commitment by the Government to space by the establishment of the Australian Space Agency, which will have the goal of tripling…

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Seafood Industry

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (11:22): On the 18th and 19th of this month—only last week—I had our new Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries in Port Lincoln, which is one of the gems of seafood production in Australia. We toured Tony’s Tuna and observed the processing, and then we met with the tuna industry—all of the…

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Compulsory Acquisition

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:57): In 2004 the Commonwealth moved a compulsory acquisition order for five family properties outside of Whyalla for the extension of the Cultana training facility. In 2012, eight years later, the federal government finally moved and acquired those properties. Now, seven years after that, four families remain in dispute regarding compensation. Prices…

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Matters of Public Importance Indigenous Issues

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (16:07): It gives me great pleasure to stand and speak on this MPI today. Grey is an electorate that has an Indigenous population of around 7.2 per cent. I make the point that all the remote Indigenous communities in South Australia lie within the electorate of Grey, so I’m very familiar with…

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90 Second Speech Roads Funding

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:37): It’s with great anticipation that I am looking forward to the Treasurer delivering a balanced budget tonight—a surplus budget. I must say that we are already beginning to see the benefits of a well-managed economy in my electorate. Last week, we had the announcement of $150 million for major roadworks in…

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Future Drought Fund Bill

  Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (17:19): I rise to speak on the Future Drought Fund Bill 2018 and related bill. When Scott Morrison became Prime Minister on 24 August 2018 he made it abundantly clear that one of his main priorities was to deal with the ongoing drought. He’s shown great attention to that task…

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Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern territory)

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (18:30): This bill, the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2018, is essentially about the Northern Territory. It says so in the title, of course. But it has lessons for all of us. It demonstrates cooperation and common purpose, and I think it’s quite a stride in our relationship with…

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Closing The Gap

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (17:51): I rise to speak on this 11th statement on closing the gap. My seat of Grey has around seven or eight per cent Indigenous population, and around 40 per cent of those live in remote communities, in many cases where English is not the first language. All of the remote…

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Small Business Fair

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (13:31): Last Saturday in wonderful Port Lincoln, on a beautiful day, we held a small business fair attended by about 50 local business people and also by Senator Anne Ruston and local member Peter Treloar. Businesses there were generally happy with what the government has been doing, particularly around reductions in…

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HeartKids Funding

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (16:33): Heart disease affects more than 65,000 people throughout Australia, and I can’t tell you how excited I am, and a number of my constituents are, I must say, with last week’s announcement by the government that $26 million will be put towards treatment of and research on childhood heart disease.…

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Economy MPI

  Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (16:20): The topic of this matter of public importance is that the economy is not working for everyday Australians, and I’m really struck wondering which set of economic indicators those opposite are looking at. Surely it’s not the government’s imminent return to surplus in the coming budget. Surely it’s not…

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Dog Fence Adjournment Speech

Mr RAMSEY (Grey—Government Whip) (19:54): The national dingo fence was established in the 1880s. At 5,624 kilometres long, it is the longest continuous fence in the world. It is essential for the development and protection of livestock industries in the south-east of Australia. Two thousand two hundred kilometres of the fence are located in South…

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Aviation Transport Security Amendment Bill 2018

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (10:42): It does give me great pleasure to rise to speak on the Aviation Transport Security Amendment Bill 2018, because it addresses some issues that I had raised with the minister and in the party room about the impact of the security rearrangements-the toughening of security-at regional airports across Australia, which, I…

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Live Animal Export

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (11:41 I rise to speak on the Inspector-General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports Bill 2018, this private member’s bill by the member for Hunter. It seems to me that, in so much of our political conversation in Australia, conversations taking place are often mired in misinformation. Certainly, so it…

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Drought- Burra Eudunda

Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (16:20): About a week ago, I took the opportunity to visit a region out to the east of Burra in my electorate, to Eudunda, which is severely affected by the current dry conditions of the drought. I toured with some young farmers and had a look at the properties out there.…

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Aged Care

  Mr RAMSEY (Grey–Government Whip) (17:11): I rise to speak on the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018 and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018. Aged care is not always perfect, but it is our job here to make it as near to perfect as…

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90 Sec Cashless Debit Card

Last week I was mightily relieved and very pleased that the Senate passed the legislation taking the cashless debit card trial to Bundaberg. Of course, the first community in Australia to embark down this path was Ceduna in my electorate, latterly joined by the East Kimberley and then the Goldfields around Kalgoorlie. It is very…

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