Parliament

Single-Use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 2 June 2020

 I rise today to speak in support of the Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2020. I commend the Minister for the Environment and Water for bringing forward this bill, which is incredibly popular in the Adelaide electorate. We have a lot of people who are very environmentally minded and see this as a very positive step forward. We have had very good engagement in my electorate sending out a survey, and we had a very high participation rate of filling in that survey and sending it back to our office. 

Neighbour Day

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 29 April 2020

I thank the member for Elder for introducing this motion. One of my favourite days of the year is Neighbour Day and I have been going for several years now. I have been in this house for 10 years, and probably for most of those it has been widely celebrated in the Adelaide city council area, in particular. 

Adelaide Electorate

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 5 March 2020

It has been almost two years since I was re-elected for my third term as the state member for Adelaide. During this time, there have been many major and local projects announced within the Adelaide electorate, and the Marshall Liberal government has a strong plan to do so much more.

Address in Reply

Extract from Hansard - House of Assembly 18 February 2020

I rise to continue my remarks. The Liberal government has achieved so much already in our first two years in government, and there is a lot more on the horizon. I continue to work to represent those who live and work in the electorate of Adelaide, which incorporates the beautiful City of Adelaide, the heart of our state

Controlled Substances (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill

Extract from Hansard - House of Assembly 17 October 2019

I rise to speak today in support of the Controlled Substances (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill 2018. Across Australia, the abuse of illicit substances has a devastating impact, not only to the user but also their families and the broader community. Drug dependence is a serious and complex issue which can lead to substantial illness, disease, social and family disruptions, workplace issues, violence, crime and, sadly, in some cases, death.

Housing SA

Extract from Hansard - House of Assembly 16 October 2019

Public housing and homelessness is a significant social problem across Australia. This very significant social problem is particularly relevant to me as the member for Adelaide and also the Minister for Child Protection. In my electorate and specifically within the CBD, September figures provided from the Adelaide Zero Project by-name list show that 163 people were identified as sleeping rough at 18 September, compared with 208 in August and greater numbers in July, June and May.

Statues Amendment (Decriminilisation of Sex Work) Bill

Extract from Hansard - House of Assembly 25 September 2019

I rise to speak today on the Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2018. Back in 2016, when this was last proposed, I did extensive surveying and researching not only in my electorate but also statewide. I conducted an online Survey Monkey questionnaire that around 1,000 people contributed to—several hundred being constituents of mine, so they are the ones that I have paid the most attention to. Broadly, from those I represent, around 82 per cent were supportive of decriminalisation of the sex work industry.

Foster and Kinship Care

Extract from Hansard - House of Assembly 11 September 2019

I rise in support of this motion. Last week, during Child Protection Week, there were many events held across the state to acknowledge the work of all those in the community who support children and families impacted by child abuse.

Surrogacy Bill

Extract from Hansard - House of Assembly 10 September 2019

I also would like to speak on the Surrogacy Bill and commend the Attorney-General for bringing this to the house. I would also like to acknowledge the extensive work of the Hon. John Dawkins over many years on this topic. I actually worked with the Hon. John Dawkins many years ago. I was just trying to find the date, but I believe it was in my first term, so between 2010 and 2014, that I actually brought amendments to the house as a backbencher. I believe it was one of the first times that an opposition backbencher actually had support for a private member’s bill.

Homelessness Week

Extract from Hansard - House of Assembly 31 July 2019

I also rise to support this motion as amended by the member for Elder. I thank the member for Mount Gambier for bringing to this place the opportunity to talk about homelessness. Across Australia, this is a very significant social problem that is particularly relevant to me, not only as the member for Adelaide but also as the Minister for Child Protection.