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Liberal Party vows to reward good driving behaviour with incentives

The Opposition will put driver incentives on the table for young motorists to reward responsible behaviour and help save lives - a sensible and motivational initiative following yet another tragic death on South Australian roads. 

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Labor's broken promise on Murray Darling Basin Plan

Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick MP is calling on South Australia's Water Minister Susan Close to put more focus on the Murray Darling Basin Plan after Labor's Federal Water Minister Tanya Plibersek conceded it will not be delivered in full or on time as promised. 

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Parliamentary inquiry into River Murray floods a must

The Opposition has moved to establish a Parliamentary Select Committee into the 2022-23 River Murray floods, after the Malinauskas Labor Government ruled out conducting a crucial independent inquiry into the disaster. 

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APPROPRIATION BILL 2023

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (21:48): I rise to speak to the Appropriation Bill 2023. I note that this is, as they are every year, the biggest budget I have seen for this state in 17 years. With the Supply Bill, it is close on $26 billion. But the issue I have, even though it is the biggest budget for the state, is that there is nothing in it for a typical South Australian family, a family of people contributing to the economy, paying tax, paying their way and then having to put up with cost-of-living increases, whether it is interest rates, whether it is groceries or whether, as we see, it is some wicked power price increases that are coming in. I will have a bit more to say about that later on.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (NATIONAL ENERGY LAWS) (EMISSIONS REDUCTION OBJECTIVES) BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:39): I rise to make a contribution to the Statutes Amendment (National Energy Laws) (Emissions Reduction Objectives) Bill. In May this year, commonwealth and state energy ministers agreed to amendments to the national energy laws to incorporate an emissions reduction objective into the national electricity objective, national gas objective and national energy retail objective, respectively.

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Labor's roundabout preference leaves regional roads funding at a red light

The Malinauskas Labor Government has once again abandoned crucial investment in regional roads and infrastructure project, with the State Budget allocating very little to keep rural communities and drivers safe. 

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Next to nothing for Hammond in underwhelming State Budget

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick MP has labelled the 2023 State Budget as underwhelming with no real economic stimulus and no support for a typical South Australian family at a time when cost of living is at an all-time high.

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South Australia deserves a budget roadmap to accelerate safer roads and infrastructure

With the State Budget being released today, the Opposition wants to see meaningful investment to tackle South Australia's road safety and infrastructure concerns. 

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STRZELECKI TRACK

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:47): My question is to the Minister for Regional Roads. Is the Strzelecki Track upgrade on time and on budget, and can the minister provide an update on its progress?

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VETERANS' MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:00): My question is to the Minister for Veterans Affairs. Will the government commit additional resources towards mental health services for veterans in the state budget, particularly for those living in regional and rural areas?

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