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Coorong District Council

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:09): I rise to talk on the Auditor-General's Report, Report 4 of 2020, entitled 'Examination of credit card use and management: The Coorong District Council'. At the outset, I declare I am a ratepayer within the Coorong District Council area, and I also represent a large portion of the council area as it falls within my electorate of Hammond. This report examined the use and management of credit cards by the council for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 April 2018. I would like to stress that this period does not fall within the time of the current elected council who were not elected until November 2018.

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Fuel Watch Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:05): I rise to speak to the Fuel Watch Bill as put by the member for Florey. I certainly get the intent of the member for Florey with this bill, but I do not believe that it is the best approach with regard to getting accurate fuel pricing. I know there are various models in place around the country, as far as real-time pricing, and I guess there is no time like the present to think about real time. However, it appears that there are better models that can be utilised.

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Coronavirus

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:33): My question is to the Premier. Can the Premier update the house on the South Australian government's response to COVID-19?

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Local Government (Public Health Emergency) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:24): I rise to support the Local Government (Public Health Emergency) Amendment Bill 2020. I acknowledge the way that parliament has started off today and thank the opposition and the crossbench for how we are moving forward in these interesting times. This bill proposes to amend the Local Government Act 1999 to ensure council meeting continuity during public health emergencies—and these are different times, Mr Speaker. To address concerns arising out of the COVID-19 issue, it is proposed to amend the act to insert a provision for the minister to have a power to make a notice for a specified period to vary or suspend provisions of the Local Government Act 1999 as specified in the notice.

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Mobile Black Spot Program

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:13): My question is to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development—and I would like to wish him a happy birthday. Can the minister update the house on how the Marshall Liberal government is delivering better services by funding mobile blackspot towers?

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Volunteer Screening Checks (March 2020)

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:46): My question is to the Attorney-General. Can the Attorney, representing the Minister for Human Services, update the house on how the Marshall Liberal government is lowering costs for volunteers through free screening checks for volunteers?

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Fruit Fly 2020

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:41): My question is to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development. Can the minister update the house on how the Marshall Liberal government is creating more jobs and investing in key programs to protect our primary industries from fruit fly?

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Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Commencement of Code) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:50): I rise to speak to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Commencement of Code) Amendment Bill. I was very interested by some of the member for Badcoe's contribution about people from her electorate actually complaining about the so-called sins of the current planning system. My understanding is that, as far as the Planning and Design Code goes, we are trying to reach some uniformity, and it is difficult. It is great to get that community feedback from constituents, but I note that they are actually talking about things that have happened in the past.

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Local Members approach Minderoo Foundation to pitch Harrogate Water project

Local Members of Parliament have contacted the Minderoo Foundation in the hope that private funds might be committed to the construction of a reticulated water supply to Harrogate.

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Address in Reply 6/2/20

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:29): I would like to acknowledge the contribution by the member for Kavel in the Address in Reply and not just his contribution here today but the contribution he made alongside people in his electorate and from outside of the electorate who assisted during the fire and with the aftermath, especially the Cudlee Creek fire, and also the many people who assisted with the fires right across this state.

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