Cost of Living

Mr PEDERICK: My question is to the Premier. Will the Premier update the house on how the government is delivering on its commitment to lower costs?

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New Horizons

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 15:06 :50 ): My question is to the Minister for Agriculture. In regard to the New Horizons initiative that was announced in the lead-up to the election, is the minister aware of the work Mr Clem Obst of Mundulla, who has been advocating the claying of sandy soils for the past 45 years and who was awarded an Order of Australia 10 years ago for developing and promoting clay spreading techniques to increase water efficiency and retention in sandy soils?

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Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 15:06 ): My question is for the Minister for Regional Development. When will the Murray Bridge Racing Club receive the $5 million from the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program for its Gifford Hill project considering that the member for Reynell said in this place, on 13 November 2014—

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Health Advisory Councils

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:54): My question is to the Minister for Health. Will the minister immediately lift the threshold at which HACs need central approval for expenditure from $25,000 to $75,000, as recommended by the Social Development Committee?

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Electricity Prices

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:28): My question is to the Minister for Regional Development. What are the likely impacts to regional employment after the increase in electricity prices paid by businesses, such as Golden North, who saw their annual power bill increase from $280,000 to $500,000?

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Regional Health Services

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:02): My question is to the Minister for Health. Can the minister inform the house how he is addressing the $150 million backlog in regional health infrastructure maintenance?

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Electricity Prices

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:44): My question is to the Minister for Energy. Given the minister asked ESCOSA to do an investigation into a 10 per cent increase in electricity prices last year, will he now ask ESCOSA to do an investigation into a further 18 per cent increase in electricity prices this year?

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Road Funding

In reply to Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (2 March 2017).

The Hon. S.C. MULLIGHAN (Lee —Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Minister for Housing and Urban Development):I have been provided with the following advice:

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Road Maintenance

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 14:30 ): My question is to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. Can the minister inform the house what measures are being taken to ensure new sections of the Mallee and Dukes highways, alongside the Tailem Bend motorsport park, do not melt again when the temperature rises above 35º?

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Road Funding

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 14:33 ): My question is again to the member for Transport and Infrastructure. Can the minister inform the house when the government is going to allocate the emergency road funding that is required in the Langhorne Creek region, as a result of the flood damage some six months ago?

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