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Petition to re-open the Strathalbyn Emergency Department

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick MP is calling on the State Government to re-open the emergency department at the Strathalbyn & District Health Service three years after its closure during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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FLOOD RECOVERY

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:07): I rise to talk about the recovery process in regard to what is happening with Murraylands and River Murray communities, but certainly will focus on what is happening in my neck of the woods in the Mid Murray and Lower Murray areas. We see town levees coming down in Mannum, which is a good sight to see as part of the recovery process moving forward.

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FIRST NATIONS VOICE BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:55): I rise to speak to the First Nations Voice Bill. I note, as has been indicated earlier in the proceedings, we are opposing this bill, but we do not do that lightly at all. I certainly do not believe that this is the answer. We currently have 191 registered bodies working with Aboriginal South Australians right now, so what makes me wonder is what is going on that the myriad complex situations that affront our Aboriginal community, as the rest of our community—why is that not working?

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MOTION: UKRAINE INVASION

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:45): I am proud and privileged here today to support this motion in support of Ukraine and all its people:

That this house—

(a) notes with great sadness that 24 February 2023 marks the first anniversary of the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine;

(b) deplores the actions of Russia invading Ukraine and calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the total withdrawal of Russian forces;

(c) notes the terrible toll caused by the war with international estimates of more than 40,000 deaths, more than 90,000 casualties and the displacement of more than 14 million people;

(d) affirms the resolutions of the 11th emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly, calling for the full protection of civilians, including humanitarian personal, journalists and vulnerable persons;

(e) congratulates South Australians for the warmth and friendship they have shown Ukrainians, displaced by the conflict, who have settled in our great state; and

(f) resolves to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes, to ensure peace and independence is returned for the Ukrainian people—SLAVA UKRAINI!

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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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