STATE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:40): Thank you, Mr Speaker. I rise to speak on this select committee into the management of COVID-19. In the first instance, I am just so thankful that I live in this state in this great country—in this great state—with respect to this global pandemic. The last global pandemic was over 100 years ago, with the Spanish flu. It was straight after World War I, when tens of millions of people died. I believe at least 60 million people died because of the effects of the outbreak of war across the world. Directly after World War I we had the Spanish flu outbreak, when 500 million people across the world caught it and 10 per cent of those died: 50 million people died from the Spanish flu.

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FIREARMS (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:16): I rise to support the Firearms (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2021. Coming off the land, like a lot of others, I like to own some firearms for vermin control. They are a practical part of the agriculture and farming community. I have a Harrington and Richardson single shot .410 shotgun—a very handy little piece—and I have had for quite a few years a Remington 870 magnum pump action shotgun, which you can only own under a C-class category. You have to have primary production land to own that. In the last couple of years, I have purchased a Remington .22 bolt action with a 10-shot magazine capability. They are very much part of the tools of trade of running agricultural properties, and most landowners would have a form of firearm.

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PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE: ANGLE VALE WASTEWATER AUGMENTATION CHARGE WORKS

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:10): I rise to speak to the 129th report of the Public Works Committee, entitled 'Angle Vale wastewater network augmentation charge works'. I wish to note the historic association that my family had with Angle Vale after they left Plympton, where my original forebears William and Mary Pederick had a farm in 1840. You could have farms then, obviously, in Plympton. They went out to Gawler River, where their son Robert Adams had land. The land on which the Gawler River church sits was land donated by the Pederick family. Some people say it was the stoniest piece of the property, and that is why it was donated, but it was put to good use and God's work.

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FAIR TRADING (MOTOR VEHICLE INSURERS AND REPAIRERS) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (10:36): I rise to speak to the Fair Trading (Motor Vehicle Insurers and Repairers) Amendment Bill. This is an issue that goes back many years in the vehicle repair industry. Back in the day, after meeting with some of my local crash repairers in the last term of parliament, I remember that the former member for Goyder, Steven Griffiths, and I met with insurers, not just local representatives but their lead company men from Sydney, I believe. They flew in for the meeting. As we know, there are only a few—maybe as limited as two or three, but I am not sure—main insurance companies that cover a whole raft of smaller companies for car insurance.

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AQUACULTURE (TOURISM DEVELOPMENT) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:10): I certainly rise to support this bill, the Aquaculture (Tourism Development) Amendment Bill 2021. I will go through some of the direct particulars in relation to this legislation, which I believe will be a great boon to South Australian tourism, especially in this COVID time. What we are seeing with restricted and in some places almost nil border access to South Australia, with the excellent COVID management we are running in this state, are these internal tourism drawcards that I do not think we can have enough of.

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BIG RIVER PORK

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:50): I rise today to speak about an excellent company in my electorate, Big River Pork. This company is an exemplar of process, managing people and managing animal welfare. I have worked alongside them for many years as a major processor in my area.

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PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE: URRBRAE AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:44): I rise to support this Public Works Committee report into the latest redevelopment to Urrbrae Agricultural High School, noting not only the significant investment by the Marshall Liberal government but that I am a former scholar of Urrbrae—

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REGIONAL MEDIA

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:14): I acknowledge this motion by the member for Mount Gambier, Troy Bell:

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APPROPRIATION BILL 2021

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:55): I rise to speak to the Appropriation Bill in regard to the 2021-22 budget. This is a budget that is focused on creating jobs, providing better services and building what matters. This budget includes a range of measures that support local jobs and longer term economic growth. They include additional funding for the Jobs and Economic Growth Fund, formerly the Economic and Business Growth Fund, bringing the capacity of the fund to $200 million over the next four years, and extending the payroll tax exemption for apprentices and trainees for a further 12 months.

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RAIL SAFETY NATIONAL LAW (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (ALCOHOL AND DRUG OFFENCE) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:25): I rise, too, to support the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) (Alcohol and Drug Offences) Amendment Bill. It is not very often that I am in agreement with the member for West Torrens.

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