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Tredrea, Mr J.

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:32): Today, I rise to give thanks to a true great South Australia, Jack Tredrea. Mr Jon (Jack) Tredrea passed away on 17 July 2018. To pay tribute to Jack, I would like to reflect on his life as a soldier and returned serviceman. Jack was born on 15 May 1920, with his home town being Kent Town, South Australia. His service was during World War II when he was enlisted on 23 September 1942.

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Regional South Australia

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:44): I rise to support the original motion of the member for Finniss:

That this house—

(a) recognises the vital economic contribution and important role that regional and rural South Australia plays;

(b) acknowledges the state Liberal government’s focus and commitment to growing the regional South Australian economy; and

(c) notes that more than 50 per cent of South Australia’s merchandise exports originate from regional South Australia.

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Copper Mining

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:52): My question is to the Minister for Energy and Mining. Can the minister update the house on opportunities in copper and on the potential importance of the Gawler Craton?

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Payroll Tax (Exemption for Small Business) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:12): I rise to speak in support of the Payroll Tax (Exemption for Small Business) Amendment Bill 2018. This was one of the key policy platforms for then the Marshall Liberal opposition that we are delivering in government, as long as this bill goes through this house and that other place.

We are hearing how good the business positivity index is at the minute because we had 16 years when people were essentially crushed and had no incentive to expand their businesses. Thousands of our youth left to go interstate with, sadly, many of them never to come back to South Australia. This is one initiative from the Marshall Liberal government that will keep people working here, it will give those incentives and it will provide a much-needed boon for South Australia.

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Livestock Industry

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:18): My question is to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development. Can the minister explain to the house how the state government is supporting South Australia's sheep producers?

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Terrorism (Police Powers) (Use of Force) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:19): I rise to support the Terrorism (Police Powers) (Use of Force) Amendment Bill 2018. Very sad terrorism activities have taken place in the world for a very long time. The member for Finniss reflected on the World War I terrorist attack on a train near Broken Hill. I read that story a couple of years ago and it intrigued me that that was a terrorist act on Australian soil where three people lost their lives to international terrorists. We have seen so many acts over time and, obviously, in recent times on the international stage through the acts of ISIS or ISIL that have torn communities apart. Thankfully, they have been basically pretty well destroyed.

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Regional Growth Fund

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:00): My question is to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development. Can the minister advise the house on how the state government is delivering on its commitment for the Regional Growth Fund?

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National Farm Safety Week

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:41): I rise to support the motion by the member for Heysen:

That this house—

(a) notes that National Farm Safety Week was held from 16 to 22 July, raising awareness of farm safety issues across Australia, including South Australia;

(b) recognises this year's theme as being 'innovative, safe and healthy'; and

(c) acknowledges the united effort across the nation to reduce the deaths and injuries associated with health and safety risks on farms.

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Employment Initiatives

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:35): My question is to the Minister for Industry and Skills. Can the minister update the house on employment initiatives being undertaken jointly with the commonwealth government?

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Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:41): I rise to support the Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill 2018. Before I go into the bulk of my speech, I am amazed, as members on this side are, that the Labor opposition do not have a position on the bill. Are they worried about whether the LGA will form a position on 3 August and that that will dictate what they say, or is there some infighting between the member for Lee and the Leader of the Opposition, the member for Croydon? What other tensions are going on across the other side of the chamber? Who would know?

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