It is my great pleasure to rise in support of the Premier's motion, and can I just say it is a privilege to be able to speak on such an important issue.
South Australia is in trouble. We are in the midst of a dangerous jobs crisis. We have the highest unemployment rate in the entire nation. Our population growth is half the national average. Our economy has ground to a halt after 13 years of Labor mismanagement. Our exports are going backwards, and the culmination of all of this is that we have an exodus of young people and capital across our borders into jurisdictions which provide a better environment for the future.
I rise to speak on behalf of the South Australian Liberal Party on the passing of the Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC, CH, GCL, 22nd prime minister of Australia and, in particular, to extend our sympathies to his friends and family.
It is my pleasure to rise today to speak on the Address in Reply. It was a great honour to have His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le come to our parliament. As I previously laid on the record, this side of the house was delighted with his most worthy of appointments to this high office. We also lay on the record our appreciation for the work that his equally hard-working wife, Mrs Lan Le, does for the people of South Australia.
We still remember the brave sacrifices that our service men and women made for peace and for our country.
The electoral Reform Bill will give the parliament a clear explanation of why the people's will is not being served in our state.
I also rise to speak on the 85th report of the Economic and Finance Committee which, of course, references the Emergency services levy policy of this government. What a disappointing policy this is for the people of South Australia.
I rise to speak on the Appropriation Bill which is before the house at the moment. I indicate that I will be the lead speaker for the opposition and that we will be supporting this budget.
Domestic violence is a scourge in Australian society and it is a scourge that disproportionately impacts upon women and their children.