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Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Jobs For Morphett

The electorate of Morphett has one of the largest industries in South Australia!

We talk about Holden, we talk about mines and we talk about agriculture, but there is also the experience industry, which involves tourism, sport and recreation, performing and visual arts. Within walking distance of my office in Byron Street, Glenelg, I have over 100 restaurants and cafes and some of the best accommodation in the world.

Morphettville Racecourse is just up the road, and do not forget that horseracing in South Australia employs 2,500 people. They are real jobs, good jobs.

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 00:00

Glenelg Police Station

A speech Duncan made in Parliament on 8 March 2016:

There is a web page on the South Australia Police website titled Finding Your Local Police Station. Well, let me tell you, that is going to get harder and harder under this government. The Glenelg Police Station is a vital facility in Glenelg. When I started as the member for Morphett in 2002 we had a patrol base down there, and I remember that on my first electorate flyer introducing me was a photograph with about six or seven police cars behind me at that Glenelg Police Station.

Friday, 25 September 2015 12:59

Gallipoli Centenary


It was a privilege to be a representative of the people of South Australia at the centenary of Lone Pine on the Gallipoli Peninsula a few weeks ago.

Friday, 30 May 2014 12:17

Equality for Firefighters

Thursday 22 May 2014  

Dr McFETRIDGE ( Morphett ) ( 10:45 ): Obtained leave and introduced a bill for an act to amend the Worker's Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986. Read a first time. Second Reading

Monday, 16 September 2013 09:30

City of Adelaide ship

Updated 4 February 2014.

The historical ship has finally arrived. The 1864-built City of Adelaide clipper ship has made its final journey to our shores. It has been a long and slow 14 year journey.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to experience the dream become a reality – watching the clipper arriving on the MV Palanpur, the vessel transporting it to Australia from Scotland.

Monday, 17 June 2013 09:30

Sand Pumping Pipeline


17 June 2013

Work started today to disguise pipes along the Glenelg Jetty.  Costing half a million dollars work will include widening of the walkway and moving the handrail to hide the pipes which are pumping sand.  The jetty will be closed on weekdays for about three weeks while the work is carried out. 

Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:30

Oaklands Railway Crossing

I have presented 5 petitions since 2006 (785 signatures) and spoken a number of times on the issue (refer to my speeches in Hansard).

I now encourage people to sign the City of Marion petition which can be found here - Oaklands Crossing Petition.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 10:30

Video - Swimming Enclosures (Shark Nets)

Today, a shark was sighted only 500 metres off Glenelg beach, forcing authorities to close the beach for a short while.
I reiterate my call for a safe area for swimmers - not a shark net but a swimming enclosure so that families and visitors alike can swim safely and leave sharks to their own natural environment.

Swimming Enclosures Video (5.2MB)
Friday, 31 August 2012 09:30

Re-branding South Australia

In 2009 I floated an idea which was brought to my attention by a senior international marketing executive who does a lot of work for South Australia (see article below).  He raised a valid point in that we do need to think about our branding in this State. We need to make people overseas not only aware of where we are but also who we are.  A brand is not just a logo, it represents a set of values and beliefs that tell a story about who we are, what we strive to be and how we want to be viewed by others.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:12

Today Tonight segment

Political assassinations, jobs for the boys, lucrative contracts and backroom deals. Has our State been hijacked by a group of faceless power brokers we haven’t even elected? Well, we’ve just seen Premier Mike Rann put to the sword without a vote being cast, so who are these people and how did they get to be so influential? Well, here’s Graham Archer with an insight into what’s become of our democracy.


Thursday, 05 May 2011 12:01

Speed Cameras

Duncan spoke in Parliament on the effectiveness of speed cameras and other speed measuring devices used by South Australia Police.  This is an extract from his speech ...

           The effectiveness of speed detection devices, cameras and other speed measuring devices used by SAPOL is the motion here, that they are effective in the catching of people speeding. We need to make sure that they are accurate but we also need to make sure that they are effective in deterring people who have been speeding. The Minister for Police said that, with a Liberal or Labor government, we would not change anything. Well, things were changed. They were changed by the minister's government.

Friday, 08 April 2011 09:19

Supply Bill Grieve - Morphett Electorate

Reprinted from Hansard, House of Assembly, SA Parliament - 6 April 2011 

            Dr McFETRIDGE (Morphett) (19:30):  The Supply Bill is one of those interesting pieces of legislation that comes into this place and gives the government sufficient funds to continue on until the end of the financial year, and what an end of the financial year it is going to be this year. Today, we heard about the $1 billion blowout in the cost of the hospital. I look forward to seeing how the government is going to explain that away, because I know that they did not tell the truth during the election campaign. Even on the day before the election was called, John Hill was talking to Leon Byner on FIVEaa and said it was $1.7 billion, when he knew, in November last year, that it was $1.8 billion.
            They could not tell the truth then, they are not telling the truth now and what is going to happen? South Australians are going to pay. They are going to pay and pay and pay. Our children are going to pay, our grandchildren are going to pay and I am really worried that our great-grandchildren are going to continue to pay for the follies of this government.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010 09:30

Morphett Deserves Better - State Budget 2010

           In this budget there is absolutely nothing for the electors of Morphett other than pain. The electorate of Morphett is a compact electorate. It is one of the tourist zones of South Australia. It has hotels, high-rise, investment properties and a lot of commercial properties. The government must be taking millions of dollars both in stamp duty and land tax out of my electorate every year, but what do they get back in return—very little, other than they are very sensible to keep electing a Liberal member of parliament there, and with an 11.2 per cent margin they are not getting it in the foreseeable future. I will be doing my damndest to make sure that this government is exposed for what it is doing, and that is looking after those who look after them.
Thursday, 25 February 2010 15:36

Birdman Rally

The Birdman Rally is a historic event along Glenelg’s foreshore.  For those of you who don’t know, the Birdman Rally was run through the late 1970’s to the early 1980’s.  The event involved competitors jumping off Glenelg Jetty, in their most creative, innovative and individual flying device.  Some competitors jumped off in home-made aeroplanes, hang gliders and there was the occasional wacky ‘bird’ costume.  The attraction of the event was as much about the inventive crafts created, as it was the distance travelled.

Friday, 18 September 2009 09:30

Sturt Creek

Sturt Creek (9.8MB)

Thursday, 09 July 2009 09:19

Local Roads

Local Roads (5.8MB)
Monday, 19 January 2009 10:30

King Street Bridge

I have received numerous letters, phone calls, emails and faxes from concerned residents regarding funding for the repair or replacement of the King Street Bridge. Whilst bus services have now been reinstated under revised load limits, I am still actively pursuing options with the Transport Minister and City of Holdfast Bay in an effort to find a solution to this problem.

Friday, 14 November 2008 12:38

King Street Bridge Video

King Street Bridge Video (5.1MB)
Tuesday, 23 September 2008 21:55

Address In Reply - SA Parliament

Reprinted from HANSARD

Dr McFETRIDGE (Morphett) (12:25): I enjoy seeing and participating in the formal opening of parliament, with its pomp and ceremony, because it does reinforce in the minds of South Australians, particularly members of parliament, that we are in a very privileged position by having a democracy that works in the way it does and by having members of parliament who do their best to improve the lives of citizens. Part of that process is having a Governor who reads out the government's program. The judiciary, which is an important part of the process of running this state, also comes along. It is an interesting procedure. Unfortunately, on this particular occasion when the Governor was reading the government's speech it did not give many surprises. In fact, it was a bit same old, same old.

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