Free Trade Agreements

Debate resumed.

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 12:24 ): I rise to support this motion brought by the member for Chaffey:

That this house—

(a) recognises the benefits of free trade agreements to South Australian businesses and the economy; and

(b) acknowledges the work of the commonwealth government to establish recent free trade agreements with Korea, Japan and China.

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Natural Resources Committee: Unconventional Gas (Fracking) Interim Report

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. S.W. Key:

That the 106th report of the committee , entitled Unconventional Gas (Fracking) Interim Report , be noted.

(Continued from 18 November 2015.)

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:42 ): I rise to speak to the Natural Resources Committee 106th report, titled Unconventional Gas (Fracking) Interim Report. As I have indicated in this place before, I was involved in the fracking industry from 1982 into early 1983 in the Cooper Basin, operating in the north of this state and in Queensland. Fracking is certainly a business that does open up the resource. In the Cooper Basin, it has been low volume fracking, or fracturing. I was involved in fracturing many drill holes and many oil wells. I was working for a company called Gearhart Australia, which was subsequently taken over by Halliburton, which is a major company operating in this field.

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Patient Care Escalation Policy

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:49 ): I move:

That this house urges the state government and the Minister for Health to outline and implement a patient care escalation policy with the inclusion of a medical intervention phone number for families, carers, guardians, and patients , as an initiative to prevent misdiagnosis and future deaths.

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MATES in Construction

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 12:38 ): I move:

That this house notes—

(a) the exemplary work of MATES in Construction in its endeavour to prevent suicide in the construction industry and promote health and wellbeing;

(b) that MATES in Construction is a federation of independent industry-based MATES in Construction organisations throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and here in South Australia;

(c) that MATES in Construction aims to raise awareness about suicide, making it easier to access help and ensuring that the help offered throughout the industry is practical, professional and appropriate; and

(d) that MATES in Construction has implemented the following programs to address the tragic rate of suicide in the industry:

(i) an individual case management program which aims to assist troubled workers with an effective plan to address their mental issues;

(ii) field visits, which involve field officers going from site to site to advise workers of the program; and

(iii) a post-vention program, which provides support where a worker or worker's family member has committed suicide.

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Natural Resources: Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Region

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. S.W. Key:

That the 100th report of the committee, entitled Kangaroo Island NRM Region Fact-Finding Visit, 5-7 November 2014, be noted.

(Continued from 18 March 2015.)

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 16:51 ): I rise to finalise my comments briefly on the 100th report of the Natural Resources Committee, entitled Kangaroo Island NRM Region Fact-Finding Visit. In closing with a couple of comments, I would like to commend the Natural Resources Committee for what it does in its regional visits, going around the whole state to look at what is going on with natural resources. That is why I found it most interesting that the Premier needed to actually write to the Natural Resources Committee so that they could at least do one regional visit when it is common knowledge that they do regional visits as part of their remit. That is their role and I commend the whole committee for doing that.

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Natural Resources Committee: Levy Proposals 2016-17

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:46 ): I rise to speak on the 109th to 115th reports of the Natural Resources Committee relating to various natural resources management levy proposals and plans for 2016-17. I will be echoing comments from my colleagues on the side of the house that this is an outrageous fee rise. I note my interest in natural resources, as I did when I presented to the committee. My wife is an environmental scientist and she helped set up integrated natural resources management maybe over a decade ago now, so I have a little bit of inside knowledge of what happens and I am still fed some information from some good people.

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Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) (Miscellaneous No 2) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 25 May 2016.)

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:04 ): I rise to speak to the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) (Miscellaneous No. 2) Amendment Bill 2016. This is part of a range of bills that we have had in regard to Rail Safety National Law. I note that back in 2009 the Council of Australian Governments agreed to implement national rail safety reform so that we would end up with a national single rail safety regulator. In so doing, we would develop a rail safety national law which would, obviously, be administered by that rail regulator.

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Homelessness

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:27): Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I always appreciate your protection. I am just a wilting violet in this house.

The Hon. S.W. Key: Shrinking.

Mr PEDERICK: Shrinking—thank you.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: He may be wilting.

Mr PEDERICK: I note the motion from the member for Chaffey:

That this house—

(a) Calls on the state government to further address the long-term waiting lists for affordable housing and homelessness in South Australia —

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Natural Resources Committee: Regional Report

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:31 ): I rise to speak to the regional report of the Natural Resources Committee, March 2014 to April 2016. I would like to reiterate that this is a well-travelled committee. I think they could certainly shine a light for other committees on what travel needs to be undertaken throughout the state to fulfil their responsibilities. I commend the work of the Chair and her committee in that they do reach out right across the state. They do not mind co-opting members on trips, as I have been able to go on one or two trips with the committee, and I certainly acknowledge that. It really is an interesting committee and it does a lot of good work.

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Retirement Villages Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 14 April 2016.)

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 12:57 ): I rise to speak to the Retirement Villages Bill 2016. I acknowledge the many villages throughout my electorate. In Murray Bridge, we have Murray Bridge Lutheran Homes, Murray Lands Retirement Village, Murray Heights Lutheran Village, Waterford Estate, and The Bridge Village. In Goolwa, we have West Park Residential Services, Thornbury Park Retirement Estate, Riverside Retirement Villages, Lakeside Goolwa, Village Life Goolwa, Heritage Homes, SunnyCove, SeaChange Village. At Tailem Bend, we have Taberefta Homes for the Aged.

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