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MOTION: RIVERLAND FLOOD RESPONSE

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:32): I speak on the motion on the emergency response to the flood event and note:

That this house—

(a) recognises the immense efforts of the South Australian emergency service sector during the emergency response to the 2022-23 River Murray flood event;

(b) acknowledges the State Emergency Service, Country Fire Service, Metropolitan Fire Service, South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Surf Life Saving South Australia for their service to the community; and

(c) shows its appreciation to the staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to protect and support affected communities.

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NATIONAL GAS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (EAST COAST GAS SYSTEM) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:57): I rise to support the National Gas (South Australia) (East Coast Gas System) Amendment Bill 2022. This bill aims to implement a framework that provides the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) with the tools and power to monitor risks to supply adequacy in advance of those risks being realised, to signal those risks to the market and seek a response.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT (CASUAL VACANCIES) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:20): I rise in support of the Local Government (Casual Vacancies) Amendment Bill 2023. Occasionally in this place we see sensibilities that are sensible for the state, and I commend the work of the shadow minister, the member for Flinders, in pursuing this issue to make sure that, in this place, we can right the wrongs, and some of these wrongs do not seem to be particularly an individual's fault to a degree.

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ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATION FUND

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:05): My question is to the Minister for Veterans Affairs. Can the minister tell the house what events and programs were funded with the $48,300 allocated in the first round of the 2022-23 ANZAC Day Commemoration Fund?

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STATE'S GRAIN ROADS

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:04): My question again is to the Minister for Regional Roads. Has the minister read the report produced by Grain Producers SA outlining the state's worst grain roads and, if so, what roads are they and will he fix them?

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SOUTH EASTERN FREEWAY REPAIR WORK

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:03): My question is to the Minister for Regional Roads. Is there any repair work planned for the South Eastern Freeway near Callington?

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BARUNGA GAP ROAD

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:03): Still on a roll—that's what he asked for. My question is to the Minister for Regional Roads. Does the minister intend to upgrade Barunga Gap Road between Bute and the Augusta Highway? With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I will explain.

Leave granted.

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DUKES HIGHWAY RECONSTRUCTION

Mr PEDERICK: My question is to the Minister for Regional Roads. Are there any reconstruction works planned for the Dukes Highway between Coomandook and Tailem Bend?

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ROAD REPAIR MONEY

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:00): My question again is to the Minister for Regional Roads. Does the minister believe $60 million is an adequate amount to repair and rebuild the 1,200 kilometres of Riverland and Murraylands roads damaged by the floods?

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$60 MILLION FOR FLOOD DAMAGED ROADS

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:00): My question again is for the Minister for Regional Roads. Can the minister explain how the government came to the $60 million figure for the repairing of the estimated 1,200 kilometres of regional roads damaged by the River Murray flooding? With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I will explain.

Leave granted.

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