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
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
This issue of people leaving South Australia is quite personal for me.
I commend the member for Chaffey for bringing this issue to the house. It is an issue that is very close to my heart. I am technically a member of the gen Y generation. I probably act a little more generation X in getting married and buying my
first home at quite a young age but still those around me are very much gen Y.
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
Can I say, Acting Speaker, that the Treasurer came into this place on 18 June and he spoke with a level of hyperbole that I think would make Homer Simpson blush. He came in here talking about this budget being a reformist budget and of this budget being a landmark budget, and I am not going to stand here and requote Simpsons Wikipedia—I think that is publicly available information that all people can see.Read more