Today Mark's motion calling on the Marshall Liberal Government to reinstate funding for Brand South Australia was brought to a vote. The motion was passed in its original form despite the Marshall Liberal Government moving amendments to change its intent.
The words of the motion are reproduced below.
The Hon. M.C. PARNELL: As the mover of the motion I will sum up the debate, and I would like to begin by thanking the Hon. Kyam Maher, the Hon. Clare Scriven, the Hon. Emily Bourke, the Hon. Connie Bonaros and the Hon. David Ridgway for their contributions. I would also like to thank the members of the Labor Party and SA-Best for their support for the motion.
It will come as no surprise to members that the amendments moved by the Hon. David Ridgway on behalf of the Liberal Party are not acceptable to me, and they are not acceptable to other members of this chamber. It never ceases to amaze me that when any member of parliament moves a motion that is either heavily or vaguely or even lightly critical of the government that the government feels the need to amend it to an unrecognisable form, when really the correct response would be just to suck it in, vote against it, realise you do not have the numbers, and save us all the drama.
I do not propose to add anything further to the contributions that have been made. I associate myself with the remarks of the members of the Labor Party and SA-Best. They understand the importance of Brand SA. I look forward to the successful passage of this motion. We will not be supporting the amendments. If the government feels a desperate need to divide it might be an educational opportunity for members in the gallery, but it will not change the result.
Members in this chamber have made it clear: they support the motion as it stands, and we call on the Marshall Liberal government to reinstate funding to Brand South Australia to continue its valuable work.
Amendment negatived; motion carried.
That this council—
1. Acknowledges the contribution of Brand South Australia, an independent, not-for-profit organisation that promotes economic growth and pride in South Australia;
2. Recognises the achievements of Brand South Australia in its work managing the state brand and running a range of programs, including the successful I Choose SA program, delivering millions of dollars of value to South Australia every year and supporting local jobs;
3. Notes the decision of the Marshall Liberal government to cut funding to Brand South Australia, resulting in Brand South Australia having to cease operations as at 30 June 2019; and
4. Calls on the Marshall Liberal government to immediately reinstate its funding to enable Brand South Australia to continue its valuable work.
Mark's speech when he moved the motion can be read here.