I rise this afternoon to give a grievance on the Supply Bill as it relates to the unsurpassed electorate of Schubert. We may not have coastline—we may have, though, a dam that becomes open for non-motorised recreational boating and fishing activities in the Warren Reservoir, and I am looking forward to seeing that happen. The absence of coastline is more than abundantly made up by some extremely picturesque scenery and the best shiraz, riesling and semillon in the known world.Read more
Mr KNOLL ( Schubert ) ( 17:32 ):
I rise today to talk about an issue that is very pertinent to my electorate and to one of the biggest industries in South Australia and one of the most celebrated industries in South Australia. As the member for Schubert, I am, by definition, a supporter of the wine industry. It is one of our great success stories and it melds the strengths that South Australia traditionally has in agricultural production with advanced manufacturing.
My electorate is named after Max Schubert, whose stewardship and invention of Grange has spurred Penfolds to recently be named as the world's most admired wine brand. Indeed, Ray Beckwith, in my electorate, was a great pioneer in the stabilisation of pH, which is one of the reasons we are able to have such a successful wine industry and which exports wine products globally.
So, when I see information in the media and groups who put forward proposals that would do undue harm to my electorate, that would, in essence, shut down my electorate, I feel compelled to speak out. A couple of weeks ago in the media changes were reported that would see wine taxed at instead of the current wine equalisation tax but would change to a situation where the cost of a $15 to $20 bottle of wine would increase by $3.80. We would be looking at 20 per cent to 30 per cent increase in the cost of wine.Read more
State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has today released ‘2036’ – a long-term vision for South Australia to coincide with the State’s Bicentenary.Read more
Mr Stephan Knoll MP, Member for Schubert and Chair of the State Liberals’ WasteWatch Committee has today released a book detailing ‘40 Reasons Why You Can’t Trust Labor with Your Money’.Read more
Mr KNOLL ( Schubert ) ( 15:44 ): I rise today to talk on the Pinery fire that affected parts of my electorate last week. At the start, I would like to acknowledge and briefly mention Janet Hughes and Allan Tiller, the two members of our community who lost their lives last week. Interestingly, both of them were moving in vehicles around the fire, and it does seem that there was a great risk for those people who were in transition during that fire period when it was coming over.Read more
Recently I spoke in Parliament with regard to the Motor Accident Commission and the Government's changes to Compulsory Third Party Insurance.
Mr KNOLL (Schubert) (12:41): I rise to also support the bill, but in doing so, tease out some
of the issues with the MAC privatisation process more generally. There has been quite a debate in
this place and in the media about the motives behind the privatisation of the Motor Accident
Commission, and especially from a Labor Party that has consistently opposed choice and
competition in a whole host of areas. It seems that they are fervent converts to the benefits of a freemarket
system when it comes to the Motor Accident Commission. The cynic in me suggests that it
could be because they need to prop up a failing budget.
I recently wrote an article for www.indaily.com.au regarding the Emergency Services Levy which I've reproduced here:
Off the Bench: ESL Hides Labors's True Intentions
STEPHAN KNOLL | 22 SEPTEMBER 2015
COMMENT | In our opinion series Off the Bench, two of South Australia’s brightest backbench MPs – one Labor, one Liberal – trade arguments on key issues.
Today, Liberal Stephan Knoll responds to Labor MP Chris Picton’s defence of the Emergency Services Levy.Read more
I recently wrote an article for www.indaily.com.au regarding South Australia's Electoral Laws which I've reproduced here:
Off the Bench: Reforming SA’s electoral laws
STEPHAN KNOLL | 17 AUGUST 2015
COMMENT | In our new opinion series, Off the Bench, two of South Australia’s brightest backbench MPs – one Labor, one Liberal – trade arguments on key issues.
Today, Liberal Stephan Knoll makes a case for reforming South Australia’s electoral laws – tomorrow, read these pages for Labor MP Chris Picton’s response.Read more