Regional Health Services

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:40 :42 ): I rise to speak to the motion by the member for
Stuart, which states:

That this house establish a select committee to inquire into and report on—

1.The review by the Health Performance Council on the operations of the health advisory councils in accordance with the Health Care Act 2008. 

2.The current provision and plans for future delivery of health services in regional South Australia, with particular reference to—

(a)the role and responsibilities of health advisory councils and the benefits, or otherwise, of the removal of local hospital boards;

(b)amalgamations of health advisory councils in regional South Australia;

(c)trends in local community fundraising for medical equipment and services;

(d)how funds currently and previously raised by local communities are held and spent, with particular regard to authorisation and decision-making;

(e)timing of provision of finalised operation budgets in country hospitals;

(f)ownership and transfer of property titles of country hospitals;

(g)the process and timing of the hiring of staff for new and existing positions;

(h)South Australian Ambulance Service arrangements, including the role of volunteers, fees and fundraising and the benefits, or otherwise, to local community events;

(i)scope of practice of general practitioners in country hospitals and the provision of accident and emergency care;

(j)procurement by Country Health SA and the benefits, or otherwise, to country communities;

(k)mandated fees to DPTI for management of maintenance and minor works; 

(l) the benefits, or otherwise, of all rural and remote South Australia being classified as one primary health network within the federal health system;

(m)the implementation of EPAS in country hospitals; 

(n)integrated mental health inpatient centres for regional South Australia; and

(o)any other relevant matters.

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South Australian Employment Tribunal Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 16:47 :27 ): Don't panic, Attorney. I rise to speak to the South Australian Employment Tribunal Bill 2014. I note in the Attorney's opening comments of his second reading speech that the South Australian Employment Tribunal will have similar functions, powers and operating approaches as the newly established civil and administrative tribunal and how efficient and cost-cutting it will be. If it is that good, as the members for Hartley and MacKillop have reiterated, why not roll it into the SACAT? I am sure the Attorney will address that issue either in his address at the end of this or in committee. 

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Return to Work Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 15:53 :18 ): I rise to speak to the Return to Work Bill 2014 and note that we will be supporting it. I also note that on the day we walk in here (and I know that some of these amendments were put in front of some of our people on Friday and then Sunday) there are 14 pages of amendments already before we have even started the debate, and they are government amendments. After all the hue and cry and Deputy Premier actually admitting in the house that WorkCover is buggered—

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Firefighters Cancer Awareness Day

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:47 :56 ): I rise to support the member for Stuart's motion:

That this house—

(a)recognises Firefighters Cancer Awareness Day; and

(b)calls on the government to guarantee that all firefighters, both professionals and volunteers, have the exact same access to the support if they contract cancer.

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Mypolonga Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 12:45 ): I move:

That this house calls on the state government to establish Mypolonga as a fruit fly exclusion zone and commit extra funding to biosecurity measures to protect against fruit fly threats and outbreaks in South Australia.

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Social Development Committee: Sale And Consumption of Alcohol

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:18 :18 ): I rise today to address the 36th report of the Social Development Committee, entitled the Sale and Consumption of Alcohol, and note that most of this work, in fact pretty well all the inquiry work, was done by the previous committee from the previous parliament. It was my privilege as part of the Social Development Committee with the new members to finalise the report for the parliament. I just want to note the terms of reference that were put down for this inquiry.

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Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 16:43 :54 ): I rise today to speak to the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Bill 2014 which was introduced on 8 May 2014 by the Attorney-General, and I note that we certainly will not be supporting this bill in this place. This bill seeks to establish a commissioner to provide for the development of management plans in relation to the coordination and delivery of infrastructure and services on Kangaroo Island and other matters relating to Kangaroo Island and for other purposes.

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Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 12:47 :45 ): I rise, too, to support this motion of the member for Flinders, that this house recognises the 175th anniversary of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia, and applauds its significant contribution in this state, and it is a significant contribution. I note that the Show Society was set up only three years after Europeans hit South Australia, and they have to be commended—Richard Fewster, John Rothwell and the rest of the current board—for what they have done over many, many years.

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Statutes Amendment (Rights of Foster Parents and Guardians) Bill FINNS LAW

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 10:32 ): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I rise to speak with regard to the Statutes Amendment (Rights of Foster Parents and Guardians) Bill 2014, or Finn's law. My first contact with Monica Perrett—and I note that Monica and Nathan Perrett are here today—was when I learnt that she had won the Barnardos Mother of the Year award. I was extremely delighted to learn that Mrs Perrett, a well-deserved mother in the electorate of Hammond, had received such a prestigious award. Monica's award symbolises the efforts of a caring and nurturing mother, of not only her own biological children but also those she has chosen to foster, which includes little Finn, now deceased, and her granddaughter, currently.

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Regional Impact Assesment Statements

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:36 :10 ): I rise to support the motion by the member for Goyder:

That this house—

(a)supports the referral to the Economic and Finance Committee of all regional impact
assessment statements, with the ability to call witnesses, and

(b)urges the Minister for Regional Development to ensure the state government—

(i)guarantees full compliance by all state government departments, agencies and statutory
authorities of the regional impact assessment statement policy and process to ensure the
government undertakes effective consultation with regional communities before decisions
which impact community services and standards are implemented; and

(ii)makes public the results of all regional impact assessment statements undertaken prior
to any change to a service or services in regional South Australia.

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