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Emergency Services Levy

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 15:05 :02 ): My question is to the Treasurer. How much will one of my constituents, who owns a farm near Murray Bridge valued at $1.5 billion, have to pay in emergency services levy this financial year?

The Hon. A. KOUTSANTONIS ( West Torrens—Treasurer, Minister for Finance, Minister for State Development, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, Minister for Small Business) (15:05:46): Sir, I'm assuming the constituent of the member for Hammond is not a pensioner?

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Appropriation Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 16:48 ): I rise to speak to the Appropriation Bill. Obviously, on this side of the house, we support the passing of the Appropriation Bill, but that does not mean we are happy with everything that is happening in the budget. When we look at what has happened over 12 years of Labor, we have seen deficits and budget blowouts, but what we have also seen, and what Labor does not tell us, are the GST payments that the Labor government in this state received for many years—$500 million a year—which was not budgeted for, but then was blown. It just blew into debt.

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Hammond hit hard by State Budget

With broken promises, job losses and tax increases, households will be hit hard in Hammond – that’s the message from the 2014 State Budget according to Liberal Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick.

“This is a budget of broken promises, increasing costs, high taxes and no jobs,” said Mr Pederick.

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Hassad Australia

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 15:03 :36 ): My question is to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. Has the Minister for Agriculture met with the Qatari government-owned Hassad Australia since becoming minister?

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Criminal Assets Confiscation (Prescribed Drug Offenders) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 16:40 :18 ): I rise to speak to the Criminal Assets Confiscation (Prescribed Drug Offenders) Amendment Bill 2014. In giving some background, I quote from the Labor Party's policy from 2010 in regard to its Serious Crime election policy which stated:

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Rural Research and Development for Profit

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 15:09 :00 ): My question is to the Minister for Regional Development. What will be South Australia's share of the federal $100 million commitment to the Rural R&D for Profit policy, specifically to support continued innovation in our
agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors?

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Travel Agents Repeal Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 16:14 :56 ): I advise the house that I will not be the lead speaker on this bill.

Dr McFetridge interjecting:

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Liberal Regional Affairs Committee to visit Chaffey

The Riverland and Mallee is the first region to be visited by members of the State Liberals Regional Affairs Committee.

The Committee has been established to hold the Weatherill Labor Government accountable with its renewed focus on and commitment to regional South Australia.

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Housing Trust Tenants Association Motion

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 12:08 :55 ): I wish to support the motion by the member for Morphett:

That this house— 

(a)condemns the Housing Tenants Association for their despicable scare campaign and their misleading and deceptive conduct during the March 2014 election; and 

(b)calls on any member of parliament who assisted the Housing Trust Tenants Association in this campaign in any way, to apologise to the thousands of South Australians who were caused great distress as a result of this disgraceful campaign.

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Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Firefighters) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 10:49 :18 ): I rise today to speak to the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Firefighters) Amendment Bill. I think this is a very important bill. It is about seeking equity for Country Fire Service volunteers, and I know there are members of the Country Fire Service on this side of the house as well as the other side.

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