Steven's Valedictory Parliamentary speech

01 Dec 2017

This week was the last sitting week for State Parliament before next year's election on 17 March, when Steven will retire from political life. 

He delivered a heart felt Valedictory speech on Wednesday 29 November, which was an opportunity for him to reflect on his last 12 years as the Member for Goyder, and thank the many people who have supported him in this important role.

His speech follows, in full from Hansard:-



Private Members Motion: Rate Capping

11 Aug 2017

From Hansard - House of Assembly

Thursday 10 August 2017

Private Members Motion from Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths MP

Rate Capping

Mr GRIFFITHS (Goyder) (11:32): I move:

That this house—

(a) notes the level of local government rate income increases over the past five years;

(b) notes the concerns expressed by the local government sector of transfer of responsibility from the state government to local government and the associated cost impact; and

(c) requests the member for Frome, as Minister for Local Government, confirm what legislative, regulatory or practical action he has pursued, investigated or implemented to keep local government rate increases to a minimum.



01 Jun 2017

House of Assembly 31 May 2017

Hansard Transcript -- Mr Griffiths’ response speech to the motion (under section 29(3) (a) National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972) to abolish Port Gawler Conservation Park:

Mr GRIFFITHS (Goyder) (17:26:55 ): I am pleased that the member for Colton is excited by the plan for the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, as am I. I want to provide the house with some personal experiences that I have had associated with the wider Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, which only goes to support the intention of this motion.




Yorketown Hospital - Grievance Speech

01 Jun 2017

Hansard, House of assembly, 31 May 2017

Yorketown Hospital

Mr GRIFFITHS (Goyder) (15:28 :32 ): I rise today to talk about one of my favourite subjects, Yorketown Hospital. I acknowledge that, while I was unable to be here yesterday, being unwell, a petition regarding Yorketown Hospital, signed by 2,049 people, was presented in my name. To all those people, and indeed all those who sought others out to sign the petition and to show their support for Yorketown Hospital and its surgical procedures, I say thank you. For the benefit of Hansard, I will repeat the words of the petition:

The Petition of the undersigned residents of South Australia respectfully expresses their strong opposition to the State Government's plan to withdraw surgical services from Yorketown Hospital. Your petitioners therefore request that your Honourable House will call on the State Government to: [1] maintain the current range of surgical services at Yorketown Hospital; [2] upgrade and properly maintain the infrastructure of Yorketown Hospital to support the continuation of current services; and [3] direct Country Health SA to engage the community of Southern Yorke Peninsula in the planning of its health services before decisions are made, not after.



Yorketown Hospital - Parliamentary Grieve

30 Mar 2017

Yorketown Hospital – Hansard 29 March 2017

Mr GRIFFITHS ( Goyder ) ( 15:07 :28 ): I want to talk about the Yorketown Hospital, which is an area of grave concern for the people of Yorke Peninsula. Members would be aware that yesterday I asked the Minister for Health questions about the lack of information flow to the community about the reduction in surgical procedures at that hospital, originally intended to be removed on 1 April but now apparently it has been stretched out to some date that we have no knowledge of.


Question Time: Yorketown Hospital

29 Mar 2017

Hansard, House of Assembly, Tues 28 March 2017: Country Health Services - Yorketown Hospital

Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths MP questions the Minister for Health the Hon. Jack Snelling MP on the decision by Country Health SA to remove general, gynaecological and urological services from Yorketown Hospital from 1 April 2017: