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Speech: Federal Voice to Parliament

October 18, 2023

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:46): I rise to give my take on the Voice. Saturday was a really hard day. The Greens share the disappointment of those who wanted to see us, as the minister earlier today said, realise the hopes and aspirations of...

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Speech: AUKUS Deal (Matters of Interest)

March 22, 2023

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:46): I rise today to speak about the AUKUS deal or, indeed, what we know about the AUKUS deal. We do know that $368 billion has been plunged into something that seems incredibly secretive. There is no doubt that all...

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Speech: Poker Machines (Matters of Interest)

February 08, 2023

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:37): I rise today to speak about the profound harm caused by poker machine gambling. Australia has 76 per cent of the world's non-casino poker machines. Each year, Australians lose over $25 billion on a range of gambling products, and...

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Speech: Sportswashing (Matters Of Interest)

October 19, 2022

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:46): I rise today to speak about sportswashing. Sportswashing is a deeply concerning practice of large businesses, countries and organisations using their sponsorship of sports and community events to launder their reputations. I want to bring sportswashing to the attention...

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Speech: Public Service (Matter of Interest)

May 06, 2022

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:48): I rise today to speak about the ongoing and unacceptable undermining of our Public Service and the buckets of money that are being poured into private-for-profit consultants by successive governments—governments of both sides. The outsourcing of ever-more essential government...

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Speech: World Peace Day (Matters of Interest)

September 22, 2021

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:20): I rise today to talk about peace and about our priorities, both here in our state and in our nation. At least $2 billion was just squandered on the now scrapped French submarine program in South Australia. It is...

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Speech: White Rock Quarry (Matter of Interest)

June 23, 2021

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:42): I rise to raise some serious health concerns about the expansion of White Rock Quarry in Adelaide's eastern suburbs. In January this year, the state government commenced a detailed assessment of the submission by Hanson construction materials to expand...

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Speech: Wage Theft (Matters of Interest)

February 03, 2021

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:22): I rise to speak about wage theft. Yesterday, Adelaide citizens were horrified to see an incident in Gouger Street in our city, when a young woman simply demanded a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. It is understood...

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Speech: Energy Policy

September 23, 2020

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:53): I rise today to speak about the Prime Minister's recently delivered energy address, something that, as The Saturday Paper noted, in almost 5,000 words made 49 references to gas, six references to coal but not a single mention of...

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