Homelessness and Housing Affordability
in In Parliament

Mr PASIN (Barker) (16:03): The temptation in this palace of democracy is to think that every issue can be solved from here back out to community, but I think it’s incumbent for us to acknowledge spheres of responsibility, and here is a classic example of where that sphere rests with state governments. Day-to-day housing and … Continue reading Homelessness and Housing Affordability

Keilira Telecommunications Infrastructure
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Mr PASIN (Barker) (13:49): Keilira is a very small community in the south-east of South Australia in my electorate. It has been visited by bushfires no fewer than three times in the last six years, and it’s a mobile phone black spot. In the wake of the most recent Keilira bushfire, I spoke about the … Continue reading Keilira Telecommunications Infrastructure

The National Broadband Network
in In Parliament

Mr PASIN (Barker) (15:51): My favourite part of last week was when the Minister for Home Affairs looked across the dispatch box, eyed the Leader of the Opposition, and said, at the end of a question, ‘You’re in your dying days, brother.’ I loved it, because it spoke volumes about the pressure that the Leader … Continue reading The National Broadband Network

Governor of South Australia Visiting Barker
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Mr PASIN (Barker) (13:37): Today I rise to thank the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le, and Mrs Lan Le for their visit on the weekend to the communities of Naracoorte and Lucindale in my electorate. I’ve spoken in this place a number of times regarding the recent Blackford-Avenue Range … Continue reading Governor of South Australia Visiting Barker

Citrus Health Star Ratings
in In Parliament

Mr PASIN (Barker) (10:51): It’s my melancholy duty to inform the chamber about the decision recently by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, which rubberstamped the previous decision of them, which has cut at the heart of the horticultural industry in Australia and New Zealand. Their decision will now allow fruit … Continue reading Citrus Health Star Ratings

Mrs Agnes (Bub) Mary McDonnell
in In Parliament

Mr PASIN (Barker) (16:28): Today I rise to offer my condolences to the family of Agnes Mary ‘Bub’ McDonnell, who passed away at the age of 94 on Sunday 24 January. Matriarchs and the importance of matriarchies are sometimes underestimated. Bub was a matriarch in the truest sense of the word, not just to her … Continue reading Mrs Agnes (Bub) Mary McDonnell

Support for the Horticulture Industry
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Mr PASIN (Barker) (18:01): In rising in support of the motion, I take this opportunity to congratulate the member for Nicholls for bringing this issue to the attention of this place. It’s important that we understand clearly the challenge Australia’s horticultural producers are facing as we move through this very intense harvest period that begins, … Continue reading Support for the Horticulture Industry

Australia Day Awards
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Mr PASIN (Barker) (13:55): Every year on 26 January, Australians reflect on what it means to be Australian. For me, Australia Day is a reminder of the tremendous freedoms we enjoy and how lucky we are to live in the greatest country on earth. I’m pleased to inform the House that five residents from my … Continue reading Australia Day Awards

Blackford Avenue Range Bushfire and the Queensland Fruit Fly
in In Parliament

Mr PASIN (Barker) (17:23): On 11 January, while many in this place were enjoying a summer vacation, re-energising before the year ahead, the township of Lucindale in my electorate faced a terrifying threat to their lives and livelihoods. The Blackford-Avenue Range bushfire at Lucindale burnt 14,000 hectares, with significant stock losses and impacted 75 landholders, … Continue reading Blackford Avenue Range Bushfire and the Queensland Fruit Fly