Topic: speeches

APPROPRIATION BILL 2021

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 23 June 2021

I rise to speak on the Appropriation Bill 2021. Our budget for a stronger South Australia is delivering better services, creating jobs and building what matters. Right across South Australia and in my electorate of Adelaide it is delivering savings directly to families, reducing costs and creating jobs for businesses that need it. There is so much to talk about in this year's budget because we are delivering so much for South Australians, such as an enormous infrastructure pipeline, worth a record $17.9 billion over the next four years.

NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 27 May 2021

I rise today to recognise National Reconciliation Week, which is celebrated between 27 May and 3 June every year. This morning I was honoured to join His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le and Premier Steven Marshall at the National Reconciliation Week Breakfast hosted by the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly.

VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING BILL

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 26 May 2021

I rise to indicate my support for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2020, and I will make a few comments. This is obviously a very emotive issue and an issue that is taken very seriously by every member of parliament in both chambers.

Adelaide High School

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 25 May 2021

Last week, I had the privilege of addressing the year 12 politics and year 10 civic students at Adelaide High School. These students were undertaking a research assignment on current issues within their community and wanted to hear more about how the Marshall Liberal government was tackling these challenges. 

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (SAFETY) (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 11 May 2021

I would like to thank the members who have made contributions, particularly the Attorney-General and the member for King, and also the member for Reynell, who is obviously very passionate about this area and who I know has put a lot of work into this. I also thank the Deputy Speaker—who was the Chair—for the very long debate that we had, but it is a very important piece of legislation, so I was more than happy to answer the questions that were required. 

VETERANS ORGANISATIONS

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 5 May 2021

I would like to thank the member for Hammond for bringing this motion to the house and also signal my support to the South Australian veteran community and the organisations that support them, in particular the RSL and Legacy and The Road Home. I am sure there are other organisations as well that do a wonderful, important job looking after both veterans and their families.

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (SAFETY) (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 5 May 2021

Thank you, Mr Chair, and I would like the opportunity to respond to the member for Reynell. Adoption is an emotive issue. I think it is something that many people would avoid and not bring to parliament, but I believe that being a member of parliament and being a minister requires difficult decisions and difficult discussions. That is part of being a leader: bringing difficult discussions to the house. 

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MULTICULTURAL BILL

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 18 March 2021

I am pleased to have the opportunity today to speak on the South Australian Multicultural Bill 2020. Australia is a nation built on multiculturalism—from our First Nations people, who are our oldest living continuous culture, to welcoming new migrants into our communities and generations who now call Australia home. It is one of the greatest duties as a local member of parliament to attend citizenship ceremonies, as many people in this house have reflected. It is such a wonderful occasion and such a significant time for new citizens to become Australians.

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE: ADELAIDE HIGH SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 4 March 2021

I rise in support of the Public Works Committee report. I welcome the $23 million investment for the expansion of Adelaide High School to allow the year 7s to attend high school. We know that as part of the national curriculum throughout Australia we are the last state to follow, to have year 7 going into high school.

STATUTES AMENDMENT (BAROSSA RAIL CORRIDOR) BILL

Extracted from Hansard - House of Assembly 3 March 2021

I, too, would like to speak on this bill and reflect on rail that affects my electorate, such as the Gawler electrification. The electrification of the Gawler line, which goes through my electorate from the city through to Ovingham, Dudley Park, Prospect—