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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Statutes Amendment (Child Exploitation and Encrypted Material) Bill 2018

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:47): I rise to support the Statutes Amendment (Child Exploitation and Encrypted Material) Bill 2018. I think that this is very important legislation to protect our children. I still like to think that I have relatively young kids, though one is not far from being an adult. I have a 17 year old and a 14 year old. Mack, the eldest, has just finished year 12. Thankfully, he has managed to get a job with Viterra at Coomandook, which is very handy. The young bloke, Angus, has completed year 9.

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Statutes Amendment (Child Exploitation and Encrypted Material) Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:40): I rise to continue the debate on the Statutes Amendment (Child Exploitation and Encrypted Material) Bill. As I indicated earlier, our children are our most precious gift and we must do everything we can to protect them.

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Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:45): I rise to support the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill 2018. The debate is not dissimilar to the debate we had with the deregulation of the barley market in this house.

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Construction Industry Training Fund (Board) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:58): I rise to support the Construction Industry Training Fund (Board) Amendment Bill. I come in after that very worthwhile contribution from the member for Heysen. The amendments to this act provide greater flexibility and discretion relevant to board appointments. These reforms are important in ensuring that the board is more appropriately able to respond to changing industry, workforce and training requirements and that funds collected through the construction industry training levy are better managed and expended in line with industry demands.

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Statutes Amendment (National Energy Laws) (Binding Rate of Return Instrument) Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:27): I rise to support the Statutes Amendment (National Energy Laws) (Binding Rate of Return Instrument) Bill 2018. I note that on 14 July 2017 the COAG Energy Council agreed to implement a binding rate of return instrument for the rate of return on capital of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) and the Western Australia Economic Regulation Authority (WAERA) regulatory determinations for regulated electricity and gas network businesses. This was a matter that emerged from the COAG Energy Council review into the effectiveness of the limited merits review framework by which network businesses could challenge decisions of the regulator.

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Local Government Elections

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:37): Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is great to be back. The four-year election cycle of local government is fast approaching, with voting slips hitting mailboxes this week. Unlike state and federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote for local government; however, we are privileged to live in a democratic society, and this is democracy working at its best.

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Motion: World Teachers' Day

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:45): I rise to support the motion by the member for Newland:

That this house notes that 26 October is World Teachers' Day (Australia) and expresses its appreciation to all South Australian teachers and former teachers who have dedicated their lives to helping our next generation to be all they can be.

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Education and Children's Services Bill 2018

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:46): I rise to speak to the Education and Children's Services Bill 2018. After hearing the comments of the member for Hurtle Vale, I commend the Minister for Education because, obviously, this piece of legislation is a large and imminent threat to the Australian Education Union. If that be it, that be it. I declare up-front that my wife is a public servant and works for the Department for Education. She has worked in schools in both metropolitan and country areas, which gives me a little insight into some of the things that go on in our education system.

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