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Social Development Committee: Inquiry Into Regional Health Services

Debate resumed.

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:15): I rise to speak on the inquiry into regional health services, which is the subject of the 40th report of the Social Development Committee. It was very interesting how this reference was established. The member for Stuart tabled the recommendation to have this reference in this parliament many years ago, in 2014, and since that time there has been quite a bit of negotiation around what exact reference points we would use.

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Murraylands Award Winners

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:35): I rise to speak about some Murraylands award winners today. The Murraylands have been extremely successful at two major awards events hosted here in Adelaide in the last couple of months, and I am honoured to represent those award winners as their local state member.

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Labour Hire Licensing Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 10 August 2017.)

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:00): I rise to speak to the labour hire bill 2017 and note that it was introduced by the Attorney-General on 10 August 2017. What the bill is seeking to do is to provide for the licensing and regulation of persons who provide labour hire services. Essentially, this requires a person to be licensed who provides labour hire services, with a fit and proper person test, and provide penalties for deregistration in the event of noncompliance with the act or standards set. It is proposed in the bill that Consumer and Business Services will be responsible for the administration of the scheme.

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SA Water pricing out our growers

It has been revealed that growers seeking to access water through the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) may have to pay up to eight times more than current prices under the existing Virginia Pipeline Scheme (VPS).

SA Water has released an indicative minimum water price of 49c/kl and up to 99c/kl for higher quality water under the 12 GL NAIS proposal.

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Murraylands succeeding at SA Training Awards

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick, was again overwhelmingly pleased with the success of the Murraylands region at the recent SA Training Awards.

“The Murraylands Food Alliance (MFA) Jobs 4 Murraylands program again showed its success at the SA Training Awards, winning the Industry Collaboration Award,” said Mr Pederick.

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Confidence lost in dysfunctional NRM system

According to a statewide survey, Hammond landowners and water licence holders being slammed by rising Natural Resources Management (NRM) system fees believe their levies are too high and are not even aware of how they are being spent.

The survey on the Natural Resources Management (NRM) system launched in April this year by Shadow Minister for Environment, David Speirs, also revealed that an overwhelming majority of respondents are dissatisfied with the current NRM system.

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Murraylands wins at the 2017 Adult Learners’ Week Awards

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick was pleased to attend the Adult Learners’ Week Awards Dinner on 24th August in support of award finalist Christine Willersdorf and the MFA Jobs 4 Murraylands program.

“What a successful night, I was so extremely pleased to be there in support of my constituent, Christine Willersdorf, and also in support of the MFA Jobs 4 Murraylands Program, both of which were finalists in their categories” said Mr Pederick.

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Hammond to benefit from Life Education funding injection

State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall’s commitment to provide a $1.2 million funding injection to Life Education will enable its popular and effective healthy lifestyle and drug prevention education programs to be substantially increased in regional South Australia.

Life Education, known for its iconic mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe, has been delivering evidence-based healthy living and anti-substance abuse programs in South Australian schools for thirty years.

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Rate Capping

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:07): I rise to support the motion by the member for Goyder:

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.

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Work Health & Safety (Notification of Next of Kin) Bill Introduced to Parliament

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick was honoured to be introducing the Work Health & Safety (Notification of Next of Kin) Bill on Thursday 10th August 2017 in memory of livestock transporter, Alan Carter.

“The Bill amends the Work Health and Safety Act 2012, by implementing the duty to notify the next of kin when a prescribed medical incident occurs at a business’ premises,” said Mr Pederick.

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