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WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:58): 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 building what matters by investing in water infrastructure for drought-affected farmers?

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VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING BILL - 9/6/21

Mr PEDERICK: I first want to make the comment that I think we had a very respectful discussion a fortnight ago in this place. Everyone knows my position on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2020. At the finish, I will not be supporting it but I will be supporting any amendments that seek to improve the bill along the way, and I appreciate the work done by the deputy leader and the member for Davenport in coming to agreement on those amendments. It shows what can be done in this place.

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VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING BILL - 26/5/21

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (22:02): I rise to speak to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2020. I have been one who has made it perfectly clear where I am going to go on this bill, and I will not be supporting it. I will watch the debate with interest when we get to the committee stage, on the 124 clauses, to see what amendments I either support or not support. I note the amendments put forward by the member for Davenport in getting institutional rights of conscientious objection up, and I commend him for that.

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MARTINDALE HALL (PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT) BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:36): I, too, rise to speak to the Martindale Hall (Protection and Management) Bill. My first few comments are that there has been a lot of misinformation about what we are trying to do here as a government with this bill. Last night, I was talking to a friend of mine who said, 'You're just going to sell it because that's what they said on the radio.' I said, 'Don't believe everything you hear.' That is not going to happen. What has been put so well in this place already by the member for Flinders is that it is about an opportunity for public ownership and private entrepreneurialism to make this gem really shine.

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PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE (CONSTITUTION OF COMMISSION) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:13): I rise to speak to the Planning and Development Infrastructure (Constitution of Commission) Amendment Bill, moved by the member for Light, and support all the comments made by the Deputy Premier and the member for Schubert. Planning can be fraught and, at the ground level, different planners can have different views.

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REGIONAL JOBS

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:41): My question is to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development. Can the minister advise the house on how many job opportunities are currently available through agriculture and what that means for local businesses?

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TAFE, REGIONAL BOARDS

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:12): I rise to speak to this motion by the member for Mount Gambier and note the amendment moved by the education minister. I note the original motion:

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SKILLING SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:22): My question is to the Minister for Innovation and Skills. Can the minister advise how Skilling South Australia has delivered more jobs for the construction, mining and energy sectors?

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PROJECT ENERGYCONNECT

Mr PEDERICK: Can the minister advise how Project EnergyConnect will cut electricity prices for South Australians?

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HEALTH CARE (GOVERNANCE) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:14): I rise to make a contribution in relation to the Health Care (Governance) Amendment Bill 2020. The background of this bill has a long history. It is the second stage of the Marshall Liberal government's commitment to decentralise decision-making in the public health system through the establishment of metropolitan and regional governing boards. The Health Care (Governance) Amendment Bill 2019 lapsed by prorogation on 19 December 2019 before it could be passed to implement the second stage of the government's commitment to decentralise decision-making in the public health system.

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