I was pleased to speak on the Road Traffic (Helmets for Motor Bike Riders) Amendment Bill in Parliament on May 19.
Late last year I raised the concerns of motorbike riders that European standard helmets (ECE helmets), the same as those used by Moto GP riders, were not able to be used in South Australia. I am now pleased to say the State government has finally listened and motorbike riders will now be able to use ECE helmets in South Australia.
You can read my speech on the Road Traffic (Helmets for Motor Bike Riders) Amendment Bill below.
On May 19 I spoke in State Parliament about International Nurses Day and the wonderful Nurses in our community.
You can read a copy of my speech below.
Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (16:12): I rise today to speak on a favourite subject of mine, which is the Oaklands crossing. I make no apologies for continually raising this issue in this house, because my community wants to know and see what is happening in this space. The government has at times thrown some plans out there, but that was quite a while ago, and my community is very confused about what plans the government has in place to fix the Oaklands crossing.Read more
Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (15:01): It hurts me to hear it and it hurts me to say it, but the facts are out there for all to see: South Australia has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, the highest youth unemployment rate in the country, and the highest underemployment rate in Australia as well. South Australia's position is so dire and the state has been let down so badly by the Weatherill Labor government that federal opposition leader Bill Shorten has stepped in to offer our struggling Premier, the Treasurer and other ministers help to do their job.Read more
Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (15:25): I rise today to speak about International Women's Day and some of the amazing women in my community and my life. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also makes a call to action for accelerating gender parity.Read more
Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (16:56): I rise today to speak on a brilliant local story in my community. I have been involved with this group for a little while watching from the sidelines and it has been amazing to see what they have done.Read more
Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (11:48): I rise today to speak in support of this motion that we recognise the 100th anniversary of women serving as police officers in the South Australia Police force.Read more
Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (16:09): I rise also to support the condolence motion for Auntie Josie Agius, a well respected South Australian Indigenous elder.Read more
Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (12:58): I rise, too, to briefly speak in support of the motion put forward by the member for Chaffey to recognise the great efforts of Steve Davis as an international cricket umpire.Read more
Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (12:05): I rise today in support of the motion put forward by our leader:
That this house —
(a) notes that more than 119,000 people have signed petitions opposing the closure of the Repatriation General Hospital, more than 88,000 of which have been tabled in this house; and
(b) urges the government to heed the call of the petitioners and the veterans on the steps by reversing its decision to close the Repat.Read more