The Barker Electorate

The Division of Barker is an Australian Electoral Division in the south-east of South Australia. The division was established on 2 October 1903, when South Australia’s original single multi-member division was split into seven single-member divisions.

It is named for Collet Barker, an early explorer of the region at the mouth of the Murray River. The 63,886 km² seat currently stretches from Morgan in the north to Port MacDonnell in the south, taking in the Murray Mallee, the Riverland, the Murraylands and most of the Barossa Valley,

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Angaston Show has set the bar high as it kicked off the 2024 show season for me today!

Congratulations to the organising committee on a great event.

And thanks to everyone who stopped by for a chat.
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Thank you for your support and for being a part of the Children’s Discovery Trail!

Thank you for the lollies & educational posters for the kids.

Sun is shining and we’re all set for a great day at the Angaston Show!

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2 days ago
Entries for my easter colouring competition are starting to roll in and I couldnt resist sharing these photos of some of the artwork underway by the children at Community Kids Montebello Early Education Centre, with a little help from residents at Boandik St Marys!Image attachmentImage attachment

Entries for my easter colouring competition are starting to roll in and I couldnt resist sharing these photos of some of the artwork underway by the children at Community Kids Montebello Early Education Centre, with a little help from residents at Boandik St Mary's! ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

A huge happy birthday to headspace Murray Bridge! 15 years of supporting the young people of Murray Bridge! ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago
🤸‍♀️GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR CHILD CARE CENTRES IN BARKER🏃‍♀️

The former Coalition Government established the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) to provide funding to regional and remote services to help them stay open and increase the number of available places. Since 2018 the CCCF has been helping child care centres in Barker do just that. 

A new round of funding for the CCCF is now open for applications. 

This is a great opportunity for regional and rural centres in Barker to apply for up to $300,000 for capital works or up to $400,000 for sustainability and support. 
Applications close 8 March 2024. For further information and to apply head to: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=8be42077-5bdf-4490-a581-654eb8f5feb3

🤸‍♀️GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR CHILD CARE CENTRES IN BARKER🏃‍♀️

The former Coalition Government established the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) to provide funding to regional and remote services to help them stay open and increase the number of available places. Since 2018 the CCCF has been helping child care centres in Barker do just that.

A new round of funding for the CCCF is now open for applications.

This is a great opportunity for regional and rural centres in Barker to apply for up to $300,000 for capital works or up to $400,000 for sustainability and support.
Applications close 8 March 2024. For further information and to apply head to: www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=8be42077-5bdf-4490-a581-654eb8f5feb3
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3 days ago
When my Coalition colleagues in the Senate initiatied an inquiry in to regional bank closures, I wanted to make sure the committee held a public hearing in Barker where so many people have been impacted by branch closures. 

Today I welcomed the committee to Kingston SE to take evidence from the region. 

There are social and economic consequences of bank closures for regional communities that bank executives in Sydney or Melbourne simply wouldnt understand. At a time of record profitability its about time they did. 

The committee is accepting submissions until the end of this month and is due to report findings by May.

When my Coalition colleagues in the Senate initiatied an inquiry in to regional bank closures, I wanted to make sure the committee held a public hearing in Barker where so many people have been impacted by branch closures.

Today I welcomed the committee to Kingston SE to take evidence from the region.

There are social and economic consequences of bank closures for regional communities that bank executives in Sydney or Melbourne simply wouldnt understand. At a time of record profitability its about time they did.

The committee is accepting submissions until the end of this month and is due to report findings by May.
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4 days ago
⚠️ATT: PALMER!!⚠️

Keep informed on the CFS page below, listen to the radio and check on vulnerable residents that might need a hand if you are able. 

Stay safe Palmer.

⚠️ATT: PALMER!!⚠️

Keep informed on the CFS page below, listen to the radio and check on vulnerable residents that might need a hand if you are able.

Stay safe Palmer.Watch and Act - PALMER Bushfire - Leave Now

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Leave now. This bushfire may threaten your safety. Check that the path is clear and go to a safer place. Do not enter this area as conditions are dangerous.

The PALMER bushfire is uncontrolled. This grass fire is burning in a South to South Easterly direction towards Randall Road, Mine Road and the township of Palmer. Conditions are continually changing.

For updates, check the CFS website at cfs.sa.gov.au or phone the Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

Homes that have been built to withstand a bushfire, and are prepared to the highest level, may provide safety.
You may lose power, water, phone and data connections.

Fire crews are responding but you should not expect a firefighter at your door.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
• Check and follow your Bushfire Survival Plan.
• Protect yourself from the fire’s heat – put on protective clothing.
• Tell family or friends of your plans.

If you are leaving
• Leave now, don’t delay.
• Roads may become blocked or access may change. Smoke will reduce visibility.
• Secure your pets for travel.
• If you become stuck in your car, park away from bushes, cover yourself, get onto the floor as the windows may break from the intense heat.

If you are not leaving - prepare to defend
• Identify a safe place inside, with more than one exit, before the fire arrives. Keep moving away from the heat of the fire.
• Bring pets inside and restrain them.
• Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins and outdoor furniture away from your house.
• Close doors and windows to keep smoke out.
• If you have sprinklers, turn them on to wet the areas.
• If the building catches fire, go to an area already burnt. Check around you for anything burning.

STAY INFORMED
• CFS website cfs.sa.gov.au
• Information Hotline 1800 362 361
• For hearing or speech impaired users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1800 362 361
• For teletype service TTY 133 677 then ask for 1800 362 361
• CFS on Facebook or X
• Alert SA Mobile App
• On local ABC radio, FIVEaa, or one of our other Emergency Broadcast Partners
For emergencies call Triple Zero (000).

www.cfs.sa.gov.au/home/criimson/watch-and-act-palmer-bushfire-leave-now-issued-21-feb-0911-202400...
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5 days ago

I first wrote to State Labor Minister Scriven and Federal Labor Minister Watt in 2022 seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the need to support Riverland wine grape growers. Over 18 months later and the Minister says no work has been done on a specific package of support.

Finding new markets, engaging financial councillors, concessional loans and farm hosehold allowance are great but these measures aren't going to fix the problem. We need a targeted financial support package to assist growers through one of the industries toughest transitions.

Thank you to Senator Alex Antic for asking these questions in Senate Estimates last week.
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We seem to be missing the elephant in the room, namely the wineries who are consistently underpricing the fruit that is being contractually delivered by the growers. I'm also sure that the constant virtue signalling tax on all alcohol is not helping either. Instead of a handout, how about taking a good hard look at the perpetrators including yourselves.

He and labour don’t want any farmers. No farmers equals no food and we are all naked Labour are a joke

This is 'Australia'. It is very important to be is inefficient, and to engage as many 'delay' tactics as humanly possible.

Suba Kahlon

Adrian Hogg

So a laissez-faire Liberal wants a Government handout for private enterprise? Gave I got that right???

How about answering my email from a few weeks ago please mate 🙂

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Great to see Compton Primary School taking pride in our National Flag and an interest in my role as the current Member for Barker in Federal Parliament as part of their civics studies. 
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Great to see Compton Primary School taking pride in our National Flag and an interest in my role as the current Member for Barker in Federal Parliament as part of their civics studies.
Could there be a future Member for Barker amoungst these students?
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5 days ago

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Hopefully there is a future Barker representative. The sooner the better. Did you bring them up to speed on 94a?

Now we see the brighter light evolutionslaw.net ✨️

There is only one Australian people. Why do you need to virtue signalling and have the Aboriginal flag too?

One country. One flag.

We’re all Australians let’s just fly the Australian flag. That is the flag of the nation. Where is the aboriginal flag. It’s just a protest flag a house against itself cannot stand.

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Labor’s proposed New Vehicle Efficiency Standard will add thousands of dollars to the cars that Australians love and need to drive, particularly in the regions. The SUVs, utes and 4WDs that rural and regional Aussies rely on will cost more under Labor's proposal.

For example the Australia’s top 3 best selling vehicles in 2023 were utes, each facing a carbon tax of $6,150 for the Ford Ranger, $2,690 for the Toyota Hi-lux and $2,030 for the Isuzu D-Max in 2025.

Australia’s top 3 best selling SUVs face a carbon tax of $2,720 for the Toyota RAV4, $3,880 for the MG ZS and $13,250 for the Toyota Landcruiser in 2025.

The proposal is out for consulation now. You can have your say at www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure-transport-vehicles/vehicles/australian-government-introd...
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5 days ago

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Every new policy is attached to double speak and propaganda. I don’t believe that this will actually be in the publics interests. Anything can be spun in any direction with no consequences for lying.

Hey…..Toyota……make better cars/vehicles and avoid the tax…….just a thought…..😀

Did you actually read the link in your post? Statement from infrastructure Australia "Will a NVES increase the price of cars? No. There is no evidence to suggest that a New Vehicle Efficiency Standard will increase vehicle prices." You seem to have shot yourself in the foot 🤣🤣

Nonsense