The Latest News & Speeches

Refugee Week

03 June, 2020

The Hon. J.S. LEE (15:43): In a world where violence forces thousands of people to flee for their lives, Australia has a long history as a resettlement country for refugees. Today, it is my privilege to acknowledge Refugee Week which is from 14 to 20 June 2020. Refugee Week is Australia's annual program to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Refugee Week provides the platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to create a culture of welcome throughout the country.


29 April, 2020

The Hon. J.S. LEE (15:48): Today marks day number 96 from when the first case of coronavirus landed in Australia. A month ago, new cases of coronavirus were growing at a rate of more than 20 per cent a day. For more than 10 days now, the rate has fallen to less than 1 per cent a day in Australia. It is particularly comforting to know that yesterday,

28 April 2020, South Australia again achieved zero new cases, which is a new record of no new cases for six consecutive days.

Mr F. Ferraro

08 April, 2020

The Hon. J.S. LEE (15:23): Since the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus crisis a global pandemic on 12 March 2020, the world has become a totally unrecognisable place. The coronavirus has spread across the world and is now affecting 209 countries and territories. There are over 1.4 million cases and over 82,000 deaths so far.

Yesterday was a very sad day for our state. Our hearts went out to the family when we learned that coronavirus claimed its first life in South Australia. It is with a very heavy heart that I speak in parliament today about the sad passing of Mr Francesco Ferraro.

Address in Reply

04 March, 2020

The Hon. J.S. LEE (17:16): It is a great honour to rise today to support the adoption of the Address in Reply given by our Governor, His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le AC, at the opening of the Second Session of the Fifty-Fourth Parliament this year.

His Excellency is a great asset to South Australia. His incredible hard work and dedication, along with Mrs Lan Le, can be witnessed and felt in every corner of South Australia. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Governor and Mrs Lan Le to their outstanding commitment to serving the South Australian community. We are incredibly fortunate to have his Excellency and Mrs Le serving South Australia with their greatest care, highest respect and sincere affection.

South Australian Bushfires

04 March, 2020

The Hon. J.S. LEE (17:34): I rise today to support this motion wholeheartedly, and I join the Premier, the Treasurer and my parliamentary colleagues in both houses of the South Australian parliament to express our deep condolences on the loss of lives and the devastation experienced by affected communities as a result of the unprecedented ferocity of the bushfires in South Australia this summer.

Radio Italiana

04 March, 2020

The Hon. J.S. LEE (15:21): It is a great honour to rise today in parliament to congratulate Radio Italiana 531AM for its 45 years of outstanding service to our South Australian community.


19 February, 2020

The Hon. J.S. LEE(15:29): Today I rise to speak about the coronavirus and the terrible impact it is having on the Asian-Australian community in South Australia. Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, it has had a devastating impact in China as well as in 29 other countries, including Australia. 

Coronavirus is not just a health issue alone but a social harmony issue, as well as an economic issue for Australia. Restaurants, shopping precincts and Chinatown precincts run by Chinese-Australians across our country are reporting significant drops in trade and traffic in recent weeks.  


04 December, 2019

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. F. Pangallo:

That this council—

1. Recognises that our identity as South Australian is made up of the threads of many stories woven into one intricate tapestry made richer and more vibrant by the contributions of our First Peoples and the migrants who choose to make Australia home;

2. Repudiates racism in all its forms and any retreat from a policy of multiculturalism; and

3. Gives its unambiguous and unqualified commitment to the principle that whatever criteria are applied by Australian governments in exercising their sovereign right to determine the composition of the immigration intake, race, faith or ethnic origin shall never, explicitly or implicitly, be among them.

Kurds in Syria

27 November, 2019

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. I. Pnevmatikos:

That this council—

1. Condemns the military operation Peace Spring launched on 9 October 2019 by the President of Turkey, President Erdogan, and the Turkish military against the Kurdish people and calls on them to immediately cease their invasion and all military operations in Syria targeting the Kurdish population;

2. Notes the sacrifice of the Kurdish people in assisting Australia and its allies to defeat ISIS and calls on the international community to immediately send humanitarian assistance to the Kurdish population targeted by the Turkish military and their allies; and

3. Expresses its deepest sympathies to the South Australian Kurdish community on the senseless loss of innocent lives at the hands of the Turkish military.

Women in Politics

27 November, 2019

The Hon. J.S. LEE (15:33): I rise today to speak about women in politics. This year marks the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage, and it is a special milestone to pay tribute to trailblazers such as Mary Lee, Catherine Helen Spence and many others for their strength and enduring campaign to allow the passage of the bill that changed the history of the world forever in 1894.

This historic piece of legislation granted women in South Australia the right to vote and the right to stand as members of parliament. I take this opportunity to congratulate the Minister for Human Services, the Hon. Michelle Lensink, for her outstanding leadership in chairing the Joint Committee on the 125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage, and acknowledge other members on the committee for their wonderful contribution.