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STATE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:40): Thank you, Mr Speaker. I rise to speak on this select committee into the management of COVID-19. In the first instance, I am just so thankful that I live in this state in this great country—in this great state—with respect to this global pandemic. The last global pandemic was over 100 years ago, with the Spanish flu. It was straight after World War I, when tens of millions of people died. I believe at least 60 million people died because of the effects of the outbreak of war across the world. Directly after World War I we had the Spanish flu outbreak, when 500 million people across the world caught it and 10 per cent of those died: 50 million people died from the Spanish flu.

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AGTECH (1)

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:37): My question is to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development. Can the minister please update the house on how the Marshall Liberal government is supporting our regions through encouraging greater adoption of technology on farm?

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FIREARMS (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:16): I rise to support the Firearms (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2021. Coming off the land, like a lot of others, I like to own some firearms for vermin control. They are a practical part of the agriculture and farming community. I have a Harrington and Richardson single shot .410 shotgun—a very handy little piece—and I have had for quite a few years a Remington 870 magnum pump action shotgun, which you can only own under a C-class category. You have to have primary production land to own that. In the last couple of years, I have purchased a Remington .22 bolt action with a 10-shot magazine capability. They are very much part of the tools of trade of running agricultural properties, and most landowners would have a form of firearm.

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AGRICULTURAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:00): My question is to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development. Can the minister please update the house on how the Marshall Liberal government is contributing to COVID recovery in South Australia by helping to fill agricultural employment gaps?

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PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE: ANGLE VALE WASTEWATER AUGMENTATION CHARGE WORKS

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:10): I rise to speak to the 129th report of the Public Works Committee, entitled 'Angle Vale wastewater network augmentation charge works'. I wish to note the historic association that my family had with Angle Vale after they left Plympton, where my original forebears William and Mary Pederick had a farm in 1840. You could have farms then, obviously, in Plympton. They went out to Gawler River, where their son Robert Adams had land. The land on which the Gawler River church sits was land donated by the Pederick family. Some people say it was the stoniest piece of the property, and that is why it was donated, but it was put to good use and God's work.

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HYDROGEN

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:58): My question is to the Minister for Energy and Mining. Can the minister please update the house on hydrogen projects in South Australia?

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FAIR TRADING (MOTOR VEHICLE INSURERS AND REPAIRERS) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (10:36): I rise to speak to the Fair Trading (Motor Vehicle Insurers and Repairers) Amendment Bill. This is an issue that goes back many years in the vehicle repair industry. Back in the day, after meeting with some of my local crash repairers in the last term of parliament, I remember that the former member for Goyder, Steven Griffiths, and I met with insurers, not just local representatives but their lead company men from Sydney, I believe. They flew in for the meeting. As we know, there are only a few—maybe as limited as two or three, but I am not sure—main insurance companies that cover a whole raft of smaller companies for car insurance.

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HAMMOND ELECTORATE (1)

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:03): My question is to the Minister for Innovation and Skills. Can the minister update the house on how increased skills funding is creating jobs in Hammond?

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AQUACULTURE (TOURISM DEVELOPMENT) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:10): I certainly rise to support this bill, the Aquaculture (Tourism Development) Amendment Bill 2021. I will go through some of the direct particulars in relation to this legislation, which I believe will be a great boon to South Australian tourism, especially in this COVID time. What we are seeing with restricted and in some places almost nil border access to South Australia, with the excellent COVID management we are running in this state, are these internal tourism drawcards that I do not think we can have enough of.

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RED MEAT AND WOOL GROWTH PROGRAM

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:05): My question is for the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development. Can the minister please update the house on how the Marshall Liberal government is delivering the $7.5 million red meat and wool program and how this is creating job opportunities and growing the economy.

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