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STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE RETENTION

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:45): My question is to the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services. What is being done to improve staff and volunteer retention within the State Emergency Service? With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I will explain.

Leave granted.

Mr PEDERICK: Documents released under freedom of information show that 25 paid staff and 597 volunteers have left the organisation since early 2022.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S PORTFOLIO) BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (21:07): I rise to speak to the Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio) Bill, which was introduced on 2 May 2024 by the current Attorney-General, the Hon. Kyam Maher. I agree with the contributions from this side of the house. Why are we here? Why are we here debating this bill into the night, the night before the budget, where all of a sudden this is the top priority, not dealing with payroll tax issues, not dealing with cost-of-living issues, here we are debating something that does not even need to be debated?

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MOTION - PAYROLL TAX

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:03): I rise to speak to the motion by the member for Colton:

That this house commends the Marshall government for scrapping payroll tax for all small businesses in South Australia, and recognises all involved in small and family businesses for their contribution to our state and economy.

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Opposition’s “Report Your Road” campaign ready to drive change

The Liberal Opposition’s “Report Your Road” campaign is gaining momentum, with more than a hundred submissions dobbing in dodgy regional roads in less than three weeks.

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LOCAL NUISANCE AND LITTER CONTROL (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:41): I rise to make a contribution to the Local Nuisance and Litter Control (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2024. I note that two of the main amendments in this bill are impacting on the management of shopping trolleys, and the installation of air conditioners and exterior lights. I might comment on the exterior lights and air conditioners in the first instance. Urbanisation: from a country member and someone who lives far too close to a highway—it is 800 metres—I can deal with concrete for so long, but then I need to go home.

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METROPOLITAN FIRE SERVICE

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:49): My question is to the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services. Can the minister update the house on the progress of the MFS direct entry project? With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I will explain.

Leave granted.

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COUNTRY FIRE SERVICE FACILITIES

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:44): My question is to the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services. Has the minister received a briefing on any CFS stations that are set to receive upgrades and/or new builds and, if so, will he release the list of stations?

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PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE: INTERMEDIATE REMEDIATION OF THE LOWER MURRAY RECLAIMED IRRIGATION AREA LEVEES

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:59): In the milliseconds I have left, I certainly support this work. I am disappointed that it has taken 18 months and we are only up to the second stage of the remediation works of the River Murray levees. However, it is welcomed by the community, and I hope that there is appropriate consultation with the community so that locally sourced items are used, including clay. That is a much needed measure to make sure that we do this in a cost-appropriate manner to get the best results for both stakeholders in the region and farmers. They have been frustrated by the time it has taken to get to this stage, but they do welcome this funding. I wish this project all speed.

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DISASTER RECOVERY FUNDING

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:50): My question is to the Deputy Premier. How much of the $79.8 million disaster recovery funds, announced in last night's federal budget, will go to rehabilitation of the Lower Murray swamps and levee banks?

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Federal Budget must reverse Labor’s cruel cuts to SA infrastructure projects

Tomorrow’s Federal Budget must restore funding for significant South Australian infrastructure projects, after Labor made more than $400 million worth of savage cuts to five key road initiatives.

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