Maiden Speech

Reprinted from HANSARD
Wednesday 8 May 2002


Dr McFETRIDGE (Morphett): I am pleased to support the motion for the adoption of the Address in Reply. It is with great humility and pride that I rise to congratulate Her Excellency the Governor on the opening of this parliamentary session. I offer my personal congratulations to you, Mr Speaker, on your elevation to such high office in this house, some may say the most important position in parliament, vital to the survival of this government. As all members will be aware, the previous member for Morphett was the Speaker in the last parliament. I know that you, sir, will uphold the very high standards and traditions of the office with the dignity, fair mindedness and impartiality that the Hon. John Oswald gave to the office of Speaker.

Morphett has a very long connection with the position of Speaker in the South Australian parliament. The seat of Morphett is named after Sir John Morphett. Sir John was the Speaker of the Legislative Council in 1851 and, later, he became President of the elected Legislative Council in 1865. The attributes that previous Speakers such as Sir John Morphett and the Hon. John Oswald gave to this high office are so essential for anyone holding the office of Speaker. These attributes are of great significance to the parliament and to the people of South Australia.

If we undermine the authority of the Speaker and the dispensation of justice in this house, we are in fact undermin¬ing and weakening the very core of democracy in South Australia. Having said that, I am certain that you, sir, and all members will administer this parliament in the traditions of the Westminster system, traditions that have evolved over hundreds of years, traditions with one purpose in mind—to preserve and foster rule by the people.

As I mentioned, the Hon. John Oswald was the previous member for Morphett. I would like to acknowledge the roles of John Oswald, not only as Speaker of this house but also as a minister of the Crown, shadow minister, opposition whip and a very effective local member. John Oswald and his wife Carol both should be congratulated on the way they worked very hard—tirelessly—for the people of this state and for the people of Morphett. John was the elected member and Carol was his No. 1 supporter. John gave the people of South Australia and Morphett not just a first class member of parliament but a man who has the intelligence, vision, wit and caring found only in a few men today. John served as member for Morphett for over 22 years. I consider it a privilege to know John and Carol. I am very aware that I have a lot to live up to in order to maintain the standards set by John.

I also take this opportunity to congratulate other new members on their election. I know from personal experience that the new members for Bragg, Heysen and Kavel will approach their tasks with integrity and diligence. Members will only have to listen to the quality and sincerity of their maiden speeches to be convinced of the high calibre of these new members. I hope that other new members opposite are as sincere and forthright in serving this parliament.

As a member of this parliament, I have been elected to represent all the people of Morphett. I stood as a Liberal candidate and did so with great pride. I have a profound belief in Liberal Party principles. One has only to read the Liberal Party platform to realise that only the Liberal Party can offer broad, socially inclusive policy, policy that recognises individual rights and achievements; policy that recognises the family as the prime building block of society; policy that expresses the profound belief in the individual's ability to prosper and be self reliant; and policy that encourages self reliance, yet recognises the need for social inclusion of those less fortunate, those unable to help themselves through no fault of their own. The Liberal Party is a broad church that offers encouragement to all, support and comfort to all. Without prosperity, there is no room for humanity.

While I find myself in opposition, I cannot betray those who elected me. I would rather be in opposition than sit with some of those whose philosophies I see represented opposite. Those opposite are perched precariously on the government benches. Members opposite can say what they like, but the fact is that this minority government clings to power by a very slender thread. Labor won a majority of first preference votes in only five of 23 seats. Labor won only 36.3 per cent of the primary vote. The Liberal Party was ahead in percent¬age of primary votes and the Liberals won on the two party preferred vote. The Liberal Party gained 50.9 per cent of the two party preferred vote. Labor does not have a mandate in any real sense of the term.

Recently dumped Labor Party State President Don Farrell said, `With a bit of imagination and a bit of luck, you might just do the trick.' Did he really mean that, with a bit of luck, Labor might be able to trick South Australians into thinking they have a real government? I share an office on the second floor with the member for Kavel. When I first moved into our office, room 404, the previous occupant had left a calendar there. I flicked it over to the day for 14 March. Just as appear on most calendars, there was a little saying on the bottom of the page. For 14 March, it was a definition, as follows, `A contract: an agreement that is binding on the weaker party.' Sir, which part of the contract, of the agreement, is the Labor Party?

I know all members realise that politicians are the custodians of the values of society and disregard conventions at their own will. I sense that this government's ideology has been blurred by endocrinology. The grab for power at any cost may prove too costly for those opposite.

Before entering parliament, I was a veterinarian. One part of being a vet is having to euthanase animals. The injection we use is nicknamed the `green dream'. I cannot help but see those green leather seats over there as being the Labor Party's green dream. Those benches will be the political death of members opposite, and on that occasion I will take a degree of pleasure in seeing their demise.

A new member or any re elected member, for that matter, must on the commencement of a parliamentary term recog¬nise and publicly acknowledge the fact that they would not be here if it were not for the efforts of their supporters, their campaign team and particularly their family. Some of my supporters and family are sitting in the gallery tonight. I give my heartfelt thanks to my supporters and particularly my large campaign team. I was continually flattered by the efforts put in by the volunteers who assisted during the campaign. They did not have the incentive of a place in parliament, yet they were as delighted as I when the results came in.

I particularly thank my brother Stewart. When you stand for parliament, you put your life on hold in many ways. Without the unwavering support of my wife Johanna, my son Lachlan, my daughter Sahra and my daughter in law Sonny, the task of getting here today would have been just about impossible. I know that they are just as proud of my achieve¬ments as I am.

My only regret about standing here today is that my father Malcolm could not be here. My dad died last October after a long fight with bowel cancer. Dad was always one of my strongest supporters and a sound source of advice. Dad started work in the steel mills of Glasgow at age 14. He retired from the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service as a Divisional Superintendent in 1983, not long after receiving a Governor's commendation for his role in the Ash Wednesday bushfires.

For the information of members, I will give a little bit of background about myself. I grew up and attended school in Elizabeth and Salisbury. I taught woodwork and metalwork in high school before going back to study veterinary science. I have lived in Housing Trust homes and owned my own home. Eighteen years ago I worked for an airline flying livestock. The airline went broke, owing me thousands. My family and I were forced to start again and we lived in a tin shed for 18 months. We now enjoy a fabulous lifestyle down at the Bay.

After nearly 20 years, I recently sold my veterinary practice. Vets and firemen are the most trusted of profession¬als. I was an active member of the Country Fire Service for over 13 years, and I would like to think that I have doubled up on the degree of public trust. Many people ask me why I would leave one of the most trusted professions to enter one of the most disliked. My life as a vet was very enjoyable and, when I look back at some of the things that happened to me as a vet, I see parallel situations in politics.

Members opposite fancy themselves as the pit bulls of parliament. Who is the alpha dog? Sir, I pray for your protection from the predations of the pit bulls of parliament. I ask that you do not—what were your words—unleash the pit bulls of the Labor Party. Mind you, I have castrated and euthanased a number of pit bulls in my time. I do not see a pack of pit bulls (although there are a few yapping Jack Russells over there). What I see is a litter of two day old crossbred mongrels. If one takes them out of the safety of their whelping box, what does one see: eyes closed, ears closed, no vision, not listening. They crawl off in all direc¬tions with no sense of direction. I know my colleagues on this side will not be intimidated. Rather than being mauled, I think our biggest fear is getting wet shoelaces from the sucking of these toothless, blind, deaf puppies.

As a vet, one gets into very many dangerous situations. I remember, vividly, going to look at a heifer—and for the chardonnay socialists in the non farming sector that is a cow that has not yet calved. The heifer was having problems calving and, as usual, the phone call came through at about 6 o'clock Sunday night. I arrived at the property and was taken to an old chook shed. There she was: a wild-eyed, crossbred Red Poll—the sort of thing you might see up in the Mid North or perhaps out Hammond way. I did not see any hope of getting this beast to cooperate without tying her up.

I suggested to the farmer that we lasso her and tie her to a post. After lots of dodging and weaving we had her roped and we tied her up. The only problem was that she saw an opening and off she went. We went along for the ride outside across the paddock. I saw that discretion was the better part of valour. But not the farmer; he may have had only a tenuous grasp but he was not going to let go. Desperate to hang on he was dragged flat out across the paddock through piles of warm, green, sloppy you know what. Covered in this he finally realised that he had to let go: she was the one in control and off she went. She set the rules. Some of this sounds very familiar.

Mr Speaker, to represent the people of Morphett is indeed a privilege. In order to get here today I doorknocked over 17 000 homes. I was able to demonstrate my empathy with the electors of Morphett. I listened to people and I heard what they had to say. I would like to put on the record my commit¬ment to the people of Morphett to represent them with commonsense, humility, honesty and compassion. I will work to continue the accomplishments of the previous Liberal government. I hope we will see con¬tinued economic growth—growth that was so evident under the Olsen-Kerin governments. This growth should be achieved if for no other reason than that this government has chosen to take advice from former Liberal advisers and former Liberal politi¬cians.

Morphett is currently the largest electorate in this state—not in area, but in the number of electors, some 23 569. There is a complete spectrum of socioeconomic profile in the electorate, all compressed into less than 13 square kilometres. As all members will be aware, the homes in Morphett range from multimillion dollar homes on the beachfront to old multistorey Housing Trust flats. The real estate development boom that has gone on over the past five years has had a ripple effect centred around Glenelg. We now see those ripples moving back through the whole of Morphett and, I should say, far up and down the coast.

Morphett contains areas of great cultural and historical significance. The Old Gum Tree at Glenelg is a founding location of this state. It was on 28 December 1836 at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon when one of the crew of the ship Buffalo—a John Hill—unfurled the flag. A cold collation was laid out and settlers did as many do today in Glenelg—they dined al fresco. Many historic homes and buildings are recognised as treasures. The Glenelg tram, the beautiful beaches, the cosmopolitan lifestyle, the tree lined streets and the numerous parks and ovals all contribute to a quality of life that is the envy of many. Indeed, I have had interstate and overseas tourists stop to tell me that we do not know how lucky we are in South Australia—and I know certainly in Morphett.

The whole electorate of Morphett is a tourism mecca. I hope the new Minister for Tourism has rethought her comments, which were published in the Advertiser, when she said that tourism was a very important portfolio but the bottom line was that her role was all about jobs and economic development. As for jobs and economic development, does the new minister not realise that tourism rivals mining and motor vehicles as a huge employer and economic power¬house? Tourism is currently worth $3.1 billion each year to South Australia.

When talking about underestimating industry input, I need to remind one of my constituents (and I am sorry he is not in the house), the Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing who lives in Glenelg, that the racing industry is one of the largest industries in South Australia. Morphettville Race¬course is on the boundary of Morphett. I was there for the opening of the new $4.5 million upgrade. The minister could have walked from his home to the track, but he was nowhere to be seen.

South Australian racing employs over 17 000 people; over 11 000 people own racehorses. Racing will inject nearly $550 million into South Australia over the next five years. A number of my constituents are owners, trainers, jockeys and others involved in the industry. The industry welcomed the sale of the TAB. As for the Treasurer saying that he will turn South Australia's economy around, I hope he realises that if he does that the economy will be going backwards. South Australia's economy is very healthy now: do not let it get a near fatal disease like last time.

The demographic profile of Morphett is changing. The average age is reducing and families are increasing. Morphett is no longer the electorate with the oldest age profile in Australia. It is almost impossible to get a child into local schools: you need to live in the school zones. Our schools and their staff are to be congratulated on their professionalism and dedication. Glenelg schools and others in Morphett performed exceptionally well in the recent skills testing. Nearly all schools in Morphett have freely opted to join Partnerships 21 and all those that have joined are glad to have done so. In the case of Brighton Secondary School it was due only to the persistence of the Principal and the Bursar that the school joined Partnerships 21. There was strong resistance from the education union representatives. Fortunately for the students and parents, sanity prevailed and the school has not looked back.

The mix of private and public schools in Morphett is to be commended. Sacred Heart, Immanuel College and St Peter's Woodlands are long established schools that consistently produce students with exceptional results. Brighton Secon¬dary School is well known for talented students, particularly musicians and volleyball stars.

The population of Morphett is well served for both health and transport. There are numerous doctors and specialists in practice throughout the electorate. As well as the excellent Glenelg Community Hospital where my son Lachlan was born, Morphett is served by the nearby Flinders and Ashford hospitals. I congratulate the new Minister for Health on her appointment, but I might suggest that she speak to me if she wants some lessons in microbiology and pharmacology. It is not a few extra cleaners that will clean up the superbugs. I am pleased to see that the government is continuing Liberal Party policy to upgrade our public hospitals.

Travel within Morphett is easy with good, wide roads and both community and TransAdelaide bus services, not to mention the historic Glenelg tram. It is worthy of mention that one of the first parliamentary accomplishments of John Oswald was to have tram stop platforms built along the tramline, the first being at Brighton Road tram stop.

I would like to continue Mr Oswald's efforts and those of the former Minister for Transport. I see a clear need for the upgrade of the trams. The old trams have heritage and tourist value. However, new trams with airconditioning, improved seating and modern suspension are vital if we wish to increase the patronage on the State's only electric railway. The whole tramline needs to be reballasted and, hopefully, the line will be extended—not just to North Terrace but through to North Adelaide. I hope the government takes up the private partnership options to improve and extend the tramline.

As a result of extensive doorknocking in my electorate and my short time in parliament, I do acknowledge that there are issues in Morphett—issues I am already working to resolve. The problems are not major but they need to be addressed to ensure that the lifestyle we enjoy is not affected in any adverse way. There is some social dysfunction and a degree of low level crime. Community placement of people with mental illness is a concern for some.

Car parking is a perennial problem in the Bay and, while this is a council matter, I feel the state government may need to contribute to the development of extra parking in Glenelg. I should say, though, that parking problems are often the result of thousands recognising the Bay as a location of world famous events. The Tour Down Under attracted over 70 000 people to Glenelg earlier this year. Other events include the Jazz Festival, the Classic Adelaide car tour, the wonderful Christmas Pageant and the newly resurrected Milk Carton Regatta.

Perhaps we might even see a Glenelg football premier¬ship soon. For those who have forgotten, Glenelg Football Club has won four premierships and has had eight Magarey Medallists and has had several All Australians. I would like to congratulate the Glenelg Football Club on its proud history and also on the nearly completed $2.5 million redevelopment of the club facilities. Let us not forget that this is a great state, a vibrant state, a healthy state. Let us not keep dumping on South Australia. I am fed up with the media—particularly the print media—creating conflict and cynicism and using selective editing and censorship by omission. Remember: the most totalitarian despot is public opinion in a democracy. Do members opposite want me to say that again? The most totalitarian despot is public opinion in a democracy.

Every day we read and hear nothing but doom and gloom. Nobody tells the truth but the media—at least, that is what they would have you believe. Russia has two newspapers: Pravda and Investia. `Pravda' means `the truth'; `Investia' means `the news'. Russians say, `Pravda is nyet Investia and Investia is nyet Pravda': `the truth is not the news and the news is not the truth.' How true that is.

Talking about dumping things, I, for one, will be pleased to see the removal of low level nuclear waste from numerous sites around the metropolitan area. There is radioactive waste stored not far from this place at the Adelaide University and the Royal Adelaide Hospital. What a great job the Nuclear Medicine Department does.

The establishment of a low level nuclear waste reposi¬tory—it is not a dump; calling it a dump is downgrading the work that the workers do there—is something which I support. Let us remember that it was in the early 1990s that Labor state and federal governments made the decisions to store nuclear waste in South Australia. Let us remember that it was a Labor government which in 1994 moved 2 000 cubic metres of low level nuclear waste to Woomera without any public consultation. Let us remember that in 1995 the federal Labor government moved 35 cubic metres of intermediate level nuclear waste to Woomera without any public consulta¬tion. As late as November 1999, the former member for Elizabeth and now federal member for Bonython, Martyn Evans, said that he agreed with the storage. He said:

It has to go somewhere and just because it's in South Australia we can't have a `not in my backyard' view.

Liberal governments have at all times been open and frank on this issue. I strongly encourage this government to face reality, recognise their responsibilities and not stop progress by relying on outdated science, ideology and sociology.

I would like to take this opportunity to talk about two significant changes to the profile of Morphett and, dare I say, the catalyst for much of the boom in South Australia's coastal development, that is, the Holdfast Shores development and the Barcoo Outlet. The Barcoo Outlet is actually in the member for West Torrens' electorate—he might want to stay—but I will discuss the impact of this project on the electorate of Morphett.

As members are aware, the Barcoo Outlet has been in the news lately. I note that the new Minister for the Environment could only bag this fabulous, scientific, award winning project. What does any reasonable person expect to happen to flows in the catchment after the longest dry spell for nearly 100 years and then a heavy downpour? He was at it again recently, this time joined by the ecozealots at Henley Beach. I have come to expect nothing more than the carping we get from them and some other members of the public with their own narrow agendas. When will they have the intellectual maturity not just to give opinions but to help by proposing real, practical solutions? When will they give credit for the fabulous work being done by the various catchment manage¬ment boards and their dedicated staff? Get a grip on reality and have the courage to acknowledge the facts.

The minister insinuated in the press that Barcoo was a waste of money: money should have been spent on `fixing up the river system and building wetlands'. Where has the Labor Party been for the past eight years? What does the Labor Party call the upgrade of the Heathfield Waste Water Treatment Plant—and Glenelg, for that matter? Does the Labor Party think the magnificent Warriparinga and Urrbrae wetlands and the Morphettville wetlands are a waste of money? Liberal plans for wetlands at Oaklands Park, Glenelg North and other areas are in the pipeline, so to speak.

We all know that education is vital to get people to stop polluting our water catchments. At least the Minister realises that the Patawalonga Basin is part of the problem, not the problem. According to the Public Works Committee report of May 2001, in 1999 1 240 tonnes of sediment were generated in the catchment, of which 706 tonnes were captured. If that is correct, then over 1 000 tonnes per annum are being captured now. With public education and continued catchment improvements, the preload should decrease and the afterload should reduce dramatically.

The discharge out of the Barcoo and the quality of the discharge is no worse than that of any other urban storm¬water. The system is working better than expected and will continue to improve, provided that this government maintains the efforts started by the former Liberal government. The Barcoo Outlet is not, as many detractors would say, a stormwater diversion to clean up the Pat for the rich residents of Holdfast Shores. I can safely say that some of the engi¬neers and builders who did such a magnificent job on building the Barcoo Outlet and Holdfast Shores were not even born when the first plans for stormwater diversion were announced.It was on 24 June 1954 that the Advertiser had on its front page a story about the new channel to the sea diverting stormwater away from a new `inland sea water lake. . . a thing of tremendous beauty and of great attraction to tourist trade'. That was not 1994 but 1954—48 years ago. So much for the conspiracy theorists!

The whingers, knockers and ecozealots are wrong, wrong, wrong when they talk about the Barcoo. Their arguments are as high and dry as the naval ship Barcoo was on that stormy day in 1948. We know now that the authorities at the time did not proceed with the construction of the seawater lake with its fully circulating sea water system. Instead, the Pat was constructed more as a primary sedimentation tank and operated in that way for most of the second half of the last century.

During the 1980s the poor condition of the waters in the Patawalonga Basin became obvious. The smell alone was enough, and all water based activities were banned. In 1987, following several years of investigation and the preparation of an EIS and an SAR, the Bannon government rejected the first major development proposed in this state for many years: the Jubilee Point development. Mr Bannon did comment on the problems of sand management and water quality in the Pat, but it was not until October 1994 that the State Liberal government took the initiative and obtained federal funding to achieve, amongst other things, improved water quality in the Pat to allow for primary contact recreational and leisure activities.

It was John Oswald who organised the transfer of money to the Building Better Cities program from the abandoned multifunction polis at Gillman. This allowed the environ¬mental clean up to commence. According to the Public Works Committee report of February 1995:

In its present condition, the Patawalonga Basin represents one of the worst cases of environmental degradation of a waterway in a densely populated, urban recreational area. . . its waters are subject to the accumulation of the sediments of polluted stormwater run off from a third of Adelaide's households in addition to many commer¬cial activities. It is unfit for human recreation. . . produces foul odours. . . does not adequately serve boat owners who use it. . . is generally littered and unsightly. . and poses danger to marine and birdlife in the vicinity.

Even the ducks got bogged. The report continues:

The periodic release of stormwater from the Patawalonga Basin discharges polluted water into the marine environment. . . resulting in at times closure of beaches to the north. . . and producing unacceptable health risks to the public.

The situation has certainly changed now. The committee conducted a site inspection in February 1995 and found the condition of the Pat appalling. The site inspection clearly demonstrated that action to restore the Pat was urgently required. One of the Public Works Committee members in February 1995 was the new Minister for Health. I can safely say that the Pat is now much healthier. I also note that the Minister for Health and you, Mr Speaker, were on the Public Works Committee which in May 2001 was instrumental in allowing the construction of the Barcoo Outlet. After the Public Works Committee report in 1995, the Patawalonga was dredged and deepened, the water level was lowered to facilitate seawater tidal circulation, and the banks were rebuilt. The sediments and sands taken from the Pat were used to rehabilitate the old rubbish dump.

New holes were created on the golf course to compen¬sate for those taken over by the diversion of Tapleys Hill Road for the Adelaide Airport runway extensions. I am sure that the member for West Torrens will agree that this is a magnificent improvement on what was there.

The Barcoo Outlet was started in late 2000, and what an achievement it is. It won an award for engineering innovation at the 2001 Australian Museum Eureka National Science Awards. The opening of the Pat as a recreational lake and the commissioning of the Barcoo Outlet by then Premier Kerin is a day I will long remember. As they said on the day, `The Pat is back.'

At this point I would like to express my sympathies to the families of Malcolm Donne and Lee Alexander. Malcolm was tragically killed during the construction of the Barcoo Outlet. Lee was killed in a recent industrial accident at Holdfast Shores.

The Pat is back to what it could have been in 1954: a seawater lake where large bream and mullet are caught by anglers, rowers exercise and numerous boats are moored in the new marina. The first major event, the Milk Carton Regatta, attracted over 10 000 spectators and over 70 entrants. I believe that the Boating Industry Association is planning more community events on this wonderful lake. As well as the Pat, the beaches of Hove, Somerton, Glenelg and North Glenelg are a precious and delicate part of the coastal environment. The impact of development on the coast can be seen in the photographic records. Our early settlers did not realise the long-term impact on building or moving the sand dunes that made up the coast.

Unfortunately, we cannot turn back time and reconstitute this pristine environment. No one, not even the Henley/Grange Residents Association, would agree that demolishing everything within 500 metres of the beach is a practical and acceptable way forward. We are the people saddled with the task of coastal and beach management; we are the people who need to rehabilitate the catchments; and we are the people who need to protect this environment for our children and our children's children. Millions of dollars have already been spent on sand management, and I am certain that millions more will be needed to be spent in the near future to maintain our beaches and coastal marine environment.

It is up to us and future governments to make sure that this money is spent wisely. As the local member, I will be vigilant in ensuring that money is made available and that it is carefully spent. Unlike many of our goods and services, the value of the metropolitan coast cannot be easily determined. Our beaches have value and worth but, unfortunately, nowadays always a cost. To watch a yacht sail by, to have a swim or to enjoy a glorious sunset, what is the value? What is the cost? What is it worth? This is not to say that we should stop any of the development no matter what it is worth. If that were the case then what a sorry state we would be in.

First, the Jubilee Point and then the Holdfast Quays projects were stopped by previous Labor governments. It took brave decisions on behalf of a Liberal government not only to know the costs but also to recognise the advantages of a major development in Glenelg. In 1997 development and infrastructure agreements were signed between the Holdfast Shores consortium, the state government and the City of Holdfast Bay. Finally, this state would get what it deserved: a world-class coastal residential development—a project worth over $350 million in development costs alone. I am sure that all members recall what was there.

The highway, which provided access to our main tourist beach, finished in a potholed car park which in itself was taken over by the hoon element after hours. Yes, you could glimpse the sea as you drove down one short section of Anzac Highway but only if there was no truck, van, ute or bus in front of you, and Anzac Highway is a very busy road. Adjacent to the car park were yesterday's amusements—a collection of 1950s entertainments which were in poor condition and which operated at best only a couple of months a year. This area was and still is presided over by Magic Mountain—one of the less attractive structures on our foreshore.

I have watched the building at Holdfast Shores, Light's Landing and Marina East. I have been to the new Adelaide Sailing Club. I have seen boats launched and retrieved at the all-weather boat ramp at West Beach. To see the millions of dollars worth of boats in the tidal and Patawalonga marina is a joy to behold. Ask anyone who is living in this new area and they will tell you how happy they are. Look at the tremendous demand for property, not just in Holdfast Shores but anywhere along the extensive coastline of our state. The members for West Torrens, Colton and Lee must be very pleased for their constituents to see the huge leap in property values.

What about the Treasurer, the member for Port Adelaide? The fabulous $700 million development of the Port Adelaide area will no doubt be strongly supported by him. The downside of this housing value boom is that the rental market is being constricted. Long-term residents are now paying high water and sewerage rates. Investors and businesses are paying very high land tax and stamp duty is considered excessive by many in the real estate industry. Many of my constituents are now asset rich but income poor. They and tenants of rental properties should not be forced to leave their homes due to circumstances beyond their control. A humanitarian approach is needed.

When I was doorknocking I was continually amazed at the prosperity, the rebuilding, the home extensions and the urban infill throughout the whole of Morphett. As I said, on a population basis I have the largest electorate in the state. In one street in Warradale every home bar one had sold in the previous 12 months. There are over 80 restaurants and cafes within the Jetty Road precinct. This prosperity, in many ways, is due to the sound economic management of the economy by both federal and state Liberal governments. The state Liberal government was the chemist: all the elements were there and it put them together. Holdfast Shores was the catalyst.

We now see a reaction that is amazing in its spontaneity. The benefits of these new developments to the local and broader community and to the state generally are huge. The financial benefit that is generated by the increased economic activity is huge. This state is a great state from the beachside developments to the Convention Centre, the Wine Centre, the V8 races, the booming primary industries (aquaculture, wine, cereals, beef, sheep and wool), the IT and defence industries and our first-class submarines, not to forget a work force the envy of most. All this contributes to make South Australia a great place in which to live, work and play. The triple bottom line—a financial, social and environmental bottom line—is all in the black.

I urge this government to keep positive and to give this state what it has had for the past eight years. Give this state the chance it deserves. Last time the Labor Party failed this state; let us see what it can do this time. I support the motion for the adoption of the Address in Reply.

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