NATIONAL GAS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (MARKET TRANSPARENCY) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:59): I rise to speak to the National Gas (South Australia) (Market Transparency) Amendment Bill. We note that this bill, as has been stated by our lead spokesman, the shadow minister, will improve transparency in the eastern and northern Australian gas markets. This bill was previously introduced by the former Minister for Energy and Mining on 9 September 2021 but, as parliament prorogued, it could not be voted on.

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INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS' DAY

Ms HUTCHESSON (Waite) (12:51): I move:

That this house—

(a) notes that 4 May 2022 was International Firefighters’ Day;

(b) remembers the firefighters who have lost their lives while serving our community;

(c) expresses condolences to the family and friends of Louise Hincks who tragically died in January this year while fighting a fire at Coles in the state’s South-East; and

(d) shows its support and appreciation for firefighters who put themselves at risk and work hard every day to protect our community.

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SUPPLY BILL 2022

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:59): I, too, rise to speak to the Supply Bill 2022. As a bit of background around the Supply Bill, it is introduced into parliament each year and outlines the total sum of money to be appropriated from the Consolidated Account for the Public Service of the state for the coming financial year for a period of time until the Appropriation Bill, or the budget bill, has passed through parliament, noting that the budget will be lodged here tomorrow. It is essentially a means to an end. That is exactly what it is—to keep the wheels of the state grinding along until the Appropriation Bill is passed.

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VETERANS AFFAIRS

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:57): I rise today to talk about the privilege I have in serving not only this state but also my community in the roles of shadow minister for veterans affairs, emergency services and regional roads. In regard to veterans affairs, we have recently had commemorations involving ANZAC Day and, as I discussed in this place the other day, the Battle of the Coral Sea.

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HAMMOND ELECTORATE 2022

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:44): I rise today to talk about the fantastic electorate of Hammond and about the things that have happened as a result of the different iterations with respect to redistributions. I was privileged in my first term in this place to look after the wonderful precinct of Strathalbyn between 2006 and 2010 before it went into the seat of Heysen. At the last redistribution, just before the most recent election this year, Strathalbyn came back into Hammond, but it has been well looked after by two members for Heysen.

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ADDRESS IN REPLY 2022

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:18): It is with great pleasure that I rise to speak to the Address in Reply. I have been fortunate to have been elected five times to this place. Cognisant of new members and their initial speeches, I will make sure I do my best to work around those time frames.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC HEALTH (COVID-19) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:41): Thank you, Mr Acting Speaker. I salute your re-election to this place and the high office you are holding momentarily. I rise to speak to the South Australian Public Health (COVID-19) Amendment Bill 2022. I will not hold the house long because I know we want to get to committee and I know that we have Address in Reply speeches to be given by new members to this house and others, but I want to talk about COVID management in relation to someone representing a border community.

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BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA ANNIVERSARY

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:21): I rise to speak about a very important event I attended on Sunday with the member for Taylor hosted by the Australian American Association—the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, which was a significant event in our history during World War II and essentially changed the tide of the war.

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PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE (EXCEPTIONAL TREE REGISTER) AMENDMENT BILL (2)

Mr PEDERICK: I rise to speak to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Exceptional Tree Register) Amendment Bill introduced by the member for Waite. Certainly, as a regional member and as one serving on the Natural Resources Committee, I am very well aware of the benefits that trees, scrub out in the regions and also shelter belts, whether they be in regional areas or in urban areas, have on the community. I want to talk a bit about what we are leaving for the next parliament. As part of the Natural Resources Committee is the investigation into the Native Vegetation Act and the management of native vegetation, which can be a vexed argument.

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PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE (EXCEPTIONAL TREE REGISTER) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr PEDERICK: I rise to speak to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Exceptional Tree Register) Amendment Bill introduced by the member for Waite. Certainly, as a regional member and as one serving on the Natural Resources Committee, I am very well aware of the benefits that trees, scrub out in the regions and also shelter belts, whether they be in regional areas or in urban areas, have on the community. I want to talk a bit about what we are leaving for the next parliament. As part of the Natural Resources Committee is the investigation into the Native Vegetation Act and the management of native vegetation, which can be a vexed argument.

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