Natural Resources Committee: Arid Lands Fact Finding Visit

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:40): I rise to support the second report of the Natural Resources Committee, entitled 'Fact finding visit: South Australian arid lands natural resources management region'. I think it is fantastic that the committee has managed to get up to this beautiful part of our state in the electorate of the minister and member for Stuart. I have been there myself several times with the current member for Stuart and the previous member for Stuart, and I went up on a trip when invited by the previous minister, the member for Mawson. I visited outback areas, and I appreciated that opportunity.

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International Day for Disaster Reduction

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:29): I rise to support the motion:

That this house—

(a) recognises that Saturday 13 October is International Day for Disaster Reduction;

(b) expresses its appreciation to all emergency services workers, professional and volunteer, who work so hard to protect our community throughout our state; and

(c) calls on the state government to work with our emergency services to ensure that they are adequately resourced to prevent and respond to natural disasters.

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Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Budget Measures) Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:01): I am not the lead speaker, as obviously this bill has already been introduced into the house. I rise to speak to the excellent budget measures that the Marshall Liberal government has put in place in regard to our first budget. I think it is a balanced budget. We are making sure that we fund our 300 or so specific election promises. Notwithstanding that, there is a little bit of pain along the way. However, the pain could have been a lot worse if it were not for the excellent financial management of our team, including the Treasurer, the Hon. Rob Lucas from another place, trying to sort out the wood from the trees.

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World Tourism Day

Mr PEDERICK: I acknowledge that this motion brought to the house:

(a) acknowledges that 27 September is World Tourism Day; and

(b) acknowledges the importance of tourism for the culture and the economy of South Australia.

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National Police Remembrance Day 2018

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:14): I rise to support the motion by the Minister for Police:

That this house—

(a) recognises that National Police Remembrance Day is held on 28 September 2018;

(b) acknowledges that this day honours the memory of police men and women who have given their lives in the service of the community;

(c) appreciates the ongoing dedication of sworn and non-sworn SAPOL members across the city, suburbs and regions of South Australia; and

(d) thanks all South Australian police for the great work they do in making South Australia a safe place to live.

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Public Works Committee: South Australian Virtual Power Plant Project

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:26): I rise to speak to the Public Works Committee's fifth report of the 54th parliament. The report is in regard to the South Australian virtual power plant project. This is obviously a project that is being looked at by the Public Works Committee because part of the phases of this work is around how much money is invested in the project. The issue is the potential for the project to go over $4 million, so for obvious reasons it goes direct to the Public Works Committee, which has looked at this issue.

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Economic and Finance Committee: Emergency Services Levy 2018-19

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:46): I rise to support this motion in regard to the first report into the emergency services levy 2018-19, moved by the member for Waite. I would like to acknowledge the amazing work of our volunteers and what they do right across the state in no matter what role they play, whether it is with emergency services or not. The simple fact is that without the many hundreds of thousands of volunteers in this state, the state could not function, and we would never have the ability to adequately pay for these volunteers on a wage basis.

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R U OK? Day

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:29): Thank you, Mr Acting Speaker, and I acknowledge the fine job you are doing today. I support the motion by the member for Waite:

That this house—

(a) recognises that 10 September 2018 is World Suicide Prevention Day and 13 September 2018 is R U OK? Day;

(b) recognises the importance of both these days in raising awareness and understanding about suicide and its prevention among the community; and

(c) acknowledges all the workplaces, community groups and schools organising R U OK? Day events to encourage conversations among their peers.

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The Bend Motorsport Park

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:25): I rise to make a contribution about The Bend Motorsport Park. Several years ago, there was a search for a new motorsport facility in South Australia. Out of five locations, thankfully The Bend in the electorate of Hammond won the prize, and it is an excellent venue. Some three years ago, The Bend Motorsport Park was given approval, and construction commenced in 2016. In August 2018, The Bend held the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

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Petroleum and Geothermal Energy (Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (10:35): I rise to speak to the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy (Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing) Amendment Bill introduced by the member for Mount Gambier. I note that the state Liberal team went to the election in March with a policy to ban unconventional fracking in the Limestone Coast region of the South-East for 10 years. We did deliver on this commitment immediately after the election and we imposed the 10-year moratorium, which will expire in 2028. No petroleum exploration or production project proposal for the South-East that includes unconventional fracking will be evaluated by our government for 10 years. That is an important position, and we stand by that position, as the minister has indicated.

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