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Land Tax (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:06): I want to talk about reform and something that the previous government did not want to go near for 16 years: reform to how we fund this state but giving equity to people from across this state. What we saw in the 16 years before our government was just the profligate raising of taxes across the board—whether it was the emergency services levy or whether it was a whole fleet of taxes. There were attempts to tax the banks. The car park tax went beautifully.

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Statutes Amendment (SACAT) Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:04): I am pleased today to stand to support the Statutes Amendment (SACAT) Bill 2019. Why we as the Marshall Liberal government are putting this legislation through this place is all about the reason the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) was established in 2015. The ultimate objective of SACAT is to provide a single, low-cost and efficient forum for administrative and civil reviews whilst also giving the courts more time to focus on their core judicial functions. This is more evidence of the Marshall Liberal government streamlining efficiencies and procedures.

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Landscape South Australia Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:59): I am proud to speak to the Landscape South Australia Bill. It is a much-needed birthday for the Natural Resources Management Act 2004. There is a whole range of reasons, which I will go into shortly, why it is a much-needed birthday, but just for the clarity of the house and for full transparency, my wife, who is an environmental scientist—as I have explained when I have spoken about natural resources before—was heavily involved in the establishment of what was called in the day 'integrated natural resources management'. The interesting thing is that before I was even elected into parliament—yes, I was preselected in 2004 and then elected in 2006—I had a little bit of inside knowledge of the operations of the act and how it went forward in the so-called management of our natural resources.

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Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) (Miscellaneous No 4) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:07): I rise to support this important bill, the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) (Miscellaneous No 4) Amendment Bill, noting that we are the lead legislator in regard to any of this national law. The bill amends the Rail Safety National Safety (South Australia) Act 2012, being the national law, by inserting new provisions relating to drug and alcohol testing, to provide an additional exemption to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 and to implement routine amendments arising from the national law maintenance process.

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Summary Offences (Trespass on Primary Production Premises) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:08): I rise to support the farm trespass bill 2019. I think it is a reflection of what has happened in our communities across Australia in recent times that legislation across the country has had to be beefed up (no pun intended) to take on people who want to disrupt legitimate businesses—people who not just run legitimate businesses but in many cases, and in most cases, live on those businesses and it is their home, as I do at my farm at Coomandook.

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Surrogacy Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:00): I rise to speak to the Surrogacy Bill 2019. I note that it is a conscience vote on our side of the house and from what I understand it is a conscience vote for the opposition, so I will be very interested in the debate in regard to the Surrogacy Bill. I find this a very interesting debate because I was part of the Social Development Committee after I was elected to this place in 2006. On the reference made by the Hon. John Dawkins from the other place, we investigated surrogacy.

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Liquor Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:17): I rise to support the Liquor Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2019. Basically, most of the amendments are technical in nature and they are principally in support of the recommendations arising from the Anderson liquor licensing review. The final stage of the liquor review act is to commence on 18 November this year, with all but one of the amendments commencing at the same time.

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Crown Land Management (Section 78B Leases) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:09): I rise with some delight to speak on the Crown Land Management (Section 78B Leases) Amendment Bill 2019. I note the interest in the bill, whether people are involved in Crown land shacks or shacks in national parks. I certainly note the interest of Mr Geoff Gallasch in that regard, who has a Coorong shack in a national park. However, this bill today is about shacks on Crown land.

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South Australian Employment Tribunal (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:45): I rise to support the South Australian Employment Tribunal (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2018. I acknowledge that we are in this position with this legislation because of a constitutional issue raised in the High Court decision of Burns v Corbett [2018] HCA 15.

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Valedictories

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (18:07): I want to make a brief contribution and give a Christmas message on the rising of the house for this year. It has been a fantastic year for us on this side. We managed to get on this side of the house, but it has been challenging at times, and I think everyone, wherever they sit in either this house or the other place, will be very keen to have more time with their family and friends over Christmas, and I wish them all the best for that.

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