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SA Lands New CFS Fire Chief as Summer Approaches

The Opposition welcomes Brett Loughlin as South Australia’s newly minted Country Fire Service (CFS) chief officer.

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Queen Elizabeth II

I was shocked and saddened to hear the news this morning of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

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PLEBISCITE (SOUTH EAST COUNCIL AMALGAMATION) BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:55): I rise to make a brief contribution to the Plebiscite (South East Council Amalgamation) Bill 2022, which involves the District Council of Grant and the City of Mount Gambier in organising a plebiscite for the good people of those two council regions to vote on whether they amalgamate those two councils.

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REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA - MOTION

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:48): I move:

That this house commends the Marshall Liberal government for recognising the importance of regional South Australia and its communities, noting their contribution to our economy worth more than $29 billion per year, through—

(a) investing $3 billion across more than 1,000 regional projects;

(b) upgrading hospitals, doubling country cancer services and upgrading about 4,800 kilometres of regional roads; and

(c) implementing the Our Regions Matter blueprint following extensive consultation with regional communities about what is needed to improve opportunities for the 29 per cent of South Australia's population living and working outside the metropolitan community.

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CFS Volunteers Must be Supported to Lend Extra Hand to Battling Ambos

The Opposition is echoing concerns expressed by Country Fire Service (CFS) Chief Officer Mark Jones who said increased demand on volunteers means they are performing above their standard duties. 

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ROADS OF STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:44): My question is to the Minister for Local Government, Regional Roads and Veterans Affairs. When will the Eyre Peninsula road network under the Roads of Strategic Importance program be fully completed? With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I will explain.

Leave granted.

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ROAD UPGRADES

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:39): My question is to the Minister for Local Government, Regional Roads and Veterans Affairs. Will the government upgrade the Murray Bridge to Mannum road? With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I will explain.

Leave granted.

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CROSS BORDER COMMISSIONER BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:50): I, too, rise to support this bill for a cross-border commissioner. It has been well delivered in this house by previous speakers and this is something that I believe we should complete in haste.

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APPROPRIATION BILL 2022 - ESTIMATES

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:10): I rise to speak on the estimates process, sadly from opposition. It was an interesting time, as has been discussed, where you try to get answers from the government. I am very privileged to be the shadow minister for veterans' affairs, emergency services and regional roads.

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APPROPRIATION BILL 2022

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (20:11): I rise to speak to the budget bill, the Appropriation Bill, and note that with the addition of the Supply Bill the total state budget for the coming 12 months is $23½ billion. It is interesting to note that with a change of government there are a lot of projects that come over that we started, and thankfully most of them are ongoing.

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