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Finn’s Law

The Statutes Amendment (Rights of Foster Parents and Guardians) Bill 2015 (Finn’s Law) introduced by Liberal Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick, has passed through the House of Assembly this morning.

The Bill will now go before the Legislative Council.

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Finn’s Law.

Liberal Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick, can confirm after much anticipation, that the Statutes Amendment (Rights of Foster Parents and Guardians) Bill 2015 (Finn’s Law) is expected to pass through the House of Assembly.

In collaboration with the State Government, it is envisaged that Finn’s Law will pass through the House of Assembly tomorrow morning at 10:30am.

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Motor Vehicles (Trials of Automotive Technologies) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 1 December 2015.)

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 15:49 ): I rise to speak to the Motor Vehicles (Trials of Automotive Technologies) Amendment Bill 2015. The bill enables the minister to authorise trials of automotive technologies and issue exemptions from the relevant provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act 1959—and this is obviously the act we are amending here today—and any laws that regulate a driver's use of motor vehicles on roads.

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Government House Precinct Land Dedication Bill

Second Reading

(Continued from 19 November 2015.)

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:37 ): I rise to speak to the Government House Precinct Land Dedication Bill 2015 and note that this bill is to dedicate a portion of land from the Government House Precinct to become part of the site for the ANZAC Centenary Memorial Garden Walk. It has been acknowledged that these grounds have been legislated under the Government House Domain Dedication Act 1927. This bill when it becomes an act—and I am sure it will because the bulldozers have already moved in so we probably have to get the legislation to catch up to the works—will reflect the new boundary that is 10 metres west of its current location.

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80 kilometre limit on Swanport Bridge to stay

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick, recently met with Government representatives to discuss the future of the Swanport Bridge.

“After discussions with the Labor Government regarding the fate of the Swanport Bridge, I have been advised that the current speed restriction of 80km/h will continue into the long-term future,” said Mr Pederick.

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Controlled Substances (Poppy Cultivation) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:32 ): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I know that this bill has been presented by Hon. David Ridgway in the other place, and I note his excellent work in regard to this bill in giving more opportunity to our South Australian farmers.

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Marine Parks (Sanctuary Zones) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 29 October 2015.)

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:02 ): I rise to speak on the Marine Parks (Sanctuary Zones) Amendment Bill. I will be brief because we need to get this voted on. I acknowledge the great work of the member for Goyder with regard to marine parks around this state and their impact on our fishing fraternity, and I welcome fisher families to the house today. It has been a real struggle for our fishing community. I have always believed that their activities have been very well managed under the Fisheries Management Act.

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Firearms Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 28 October 2015.)

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 12:33 ): I am happy to contribute to the conversation around the Firearms Bill 2015. I want to note the contributions so far by the shadow minister for police, the member for Morialta and the member for Stuart. I think there have been some good words already put to this debate. The member for Stuart already presented what he thought were the very good attributes of the work that the member for Morialta does. I commend the member for Morialta. I was in here the other night when he spoke for about 90 minutes to the introduction of this bill. For a bloke that has just shot five shots at a target range, though he did say that he had a very good grouping, I think he did an excellent job of putting forward the various nuances of the bill. As has been emphasised, there are people on either side of the argument: the pro responsible gun users and the people who want to get rid of firearms altogether. Then there is probably another group who want things opened up a bit more.

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Environment and Food Production Area to include Rural City of Murray Bridge & Alexandrina Council

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick is appalled by the Weatherill Labor Government’s lack of consultation with the Rural City of Murray Bridge (RCMB) and Alexandrina Council in relation to the Environment and Food Production Area (EFPA).

“I was only recently advised that area’s encompassing the RCMB and Alexandrina Council would be included in a newly proposed Environment and Food Production Area,” said Mr Pederick.

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Fur Seals

The Hon. T.J. STEPHENS ( 14:51 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation questions about the protection of the Coorong from New Zealand fur seals.

Leave granted.

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