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Finns Law now legislated

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick is pleased to see the Statutes Amendment (Rights of Foster Parents, Guardians and Kinship Carers) Bill, known as Finns Law, become Legislation.

In the unfortunate circumstance of a foster child passing whilst in the care of an Other Person Guardian, the Statutes Amendment (Rights of Foster Parents, Guardians and Kinship Carers) Act will now provide them with the opportunity to be listed on the child’s Death Certificate.

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Port Pirie Unemployment Rate

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:57 ): I rise to support the motion moved by the member for Goyder:

That this house calls on the member for Frome to take advantage of his position as a cabinet minister and compels the Labor government to immediately address the jobs crisis and economic decline impacting the Port Pirie community; and—

(a) provide residents with job certainty;

(b) stem the flow of young people out of the region and South Australia;

(c) ensure vital industries are sustainable and have the opportunity to grow;

(d) give our regions the attention they deserve and desperately need;

(e) recognise that Port Pirie can play an important role in South Australia's economic recovery; and

(f) avoid the social harm caused by unemployment.

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Dog Fence (Payments and Rates) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 24 February 2016.)

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:20): I, too, rise to support the Dog Fence (Payments and Rates) Amendment Bill 2016. The object of this bill is to make sure that there are sufficient funds and resources available to maintain the Dog Fence into the future. There are six local boards which sit under the Dog Fence Board and ownership of the fence is vested in those local boards, apart from two private owners who manage sections of the fence on their properties. These boards administer the funds and are responsible for the employment of contractors who inspect and maintain sections of the fence.

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Senate Select Committee on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick has some concerns about the report presented by the Select Committee in relation to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

“In reference to the 31 recommendations in the Select Committee report I believe the evaluation on the use of the desalination plant and the investigation of a potential connector between Lake Albert and the Coorong as practical recommendations. However, I consider recommendation 14 outrageous,” said Mr Pederick.

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#murrayriverlife encourages safe river fun for upcoming long weekends

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick and the River Murray Boating and Recreational Advisory Group (RMBRAG) successfully lobbied the State Government for $20,000 of funding last year which commenced RMBRAG’s #murrayriverlife safety campaign.

“The campaign includes nine short safety messages which are presented in videos by world champion wakeboarder and Mildura local Bec Gange,” said Mr Pederick.

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River Murray Boating and Recreational Advisory Group

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 15:14 ): I rise today to speak about the River Murray Boating and Recreational Advisory Group, and I acknowledge the kind words today in question time from the Minister for Transport. This has been a long road for our group. We formed just over three years ago in response to a piece in The Advertiser on the front page about no-wash zones, and we knew we needed to act to protect everyone's rights in relation to the use of the river. So, that is why the River Murray Boating and Recreational Advisory Group was set up.

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Emergency Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 11 February 2016.)

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:58): I rise to support the Emergency Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016. This bill was introduced into this place on 11 February by the Premier. Its focus is to provide the legislative framework for the management of emergencies here in South Australia. It seeks to ensure that our state has the capability to properly manage any state emergency by articulating the key elements of the state emergency management arrangements, including roles and responsibilities under those arrangements. What the bill seeks to do is:

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Gender Identity & Equity Bill: Political correctness gone mad

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick believes the Gender Identity & Equity Bill is taking Legislation to an extreme level and doesn’t agree with its entirety.

“The Bill is expected to delete the word “woman” when referring to pregnancy and replace it with “person” meaning the person will be pregnant not a woman,” said Mr Pederick.

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Summary Offences (Drones) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 19 November 2015.)

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 10:55 ): I rise today to speak on the Summary Offences (Drones) Amendment Bill. I note that we live in a very fast moving world, a world where technology overtakes most of us, especially those born before 1970. Technology is a fact of life and we need to embrace it, at least to a certain extent, or we will be left behind.

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Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Bill

 Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 10 February 2016.)

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 16:28 ): I rise to speak to the Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Bill 2016, which is a bill for an act to amend various acts to remove discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer South Australians. People may not be surprised that I will not be supporting this piece of legislation. I come from a Christian upbringing in a very conservative area in a conservative electorate, and even from hearing just the first couple of presentations today, I am wondering if this is just one step closer to legalising gay marriage by the back door.

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