Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:29): I rise to make a few comments on the cross-border commissioner motion brought to us by the member for Mount Gambier.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (19:52): I rise to support the South Australian Productivity Commission Bill 2018. This bill enables the establishment of the South Australian productivity commission as a statutory authority, reporting through the Premier as the responsible minister.Read more
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (12:42): I rise to make a brief contribution to the Limitation of Actions (Child Sexual Abuse) Amendment Bill 2018. This bill fulfils the Marshall Liberal government's election commitment to abolish the limitation of actions period with respect to claims of child sexual abuse. It amends the Limitation of Actions Act 1936. So our government will improve access to justice for victims and recognises the importance of compensation for crimes committed against those who are survivors of child sexual abuse.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:32): I did not want to miss speaking on this important legislation regarding the Fair Trading (Ticket Scalping) Amendment Bill 2018. My understanding is that at this stage, unless someone wants to speak in the next couple of weeks, I am the last speaker on the bill.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:36): I rise to speak to the first report of the Public Works Committee in the 54th parliament regarding stage 2 of the Port Road Drainage Project and commend the committee, with members from both sides of the house making sure we get the right outcome as far as drainage works on Port Road are concerned. This is a continuation of the works identified in the City of Charles Sturt Port Road Rejuvenation—Stormwater Management Plan.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (20:08): I rise to speak to the Disability Inclusion Bill 2018. I note we have had quite a few speakers from this side of the house as well as from the other side, and there seems to be quite a consensus to get this legislation through in good time, and for good reason—because we need to do whatever we can to support people living with a disability.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:01): I rise to speak to the Fair Trading (Gift Cards) Amendment Bill 2018. This is another bill that fulfils one of the Marshall Liberal government's excellent election commitments to protect consumers by ensuring that gift cards have a three-year expiry date. The reason we are doing this is because across Australia we lose approximately $200 million annually on expired gift cards.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (17:05): I rise to speak to the Criminal Law Consolidation (Children and Vulnerable Adults) Amendment Bill 2018. The reason we are bringing this legislation to this place is that it addresses gaps in the law so that people who inflict serious injuries on children or vulnerable adults will not escape liability. This very same bill passed the House of Assembly in last year, in the time of the former Labor government, but lapsed in the Legislative Council upon the dissolution of parliament. As I indicated, it is identical to the one that lapsed.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:57): I rise to speak to the Electoral (Prisoner Voting) Amendment Bill 2018. This bill fulfils another Marshall Liberal government election commitment to prevent prisoners who are serving a term of three years' imprisonment or longer from voting in state elections. We are doing this because committing an offence that attracts a prison term of three years or longer is so serious that the consequences ought to go beyond imprisonment to forfeiting their voting rights for the duration of their sentence.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:54): I rise to speak to the Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2018, which replaces the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1993. This bill fulfils another Marshall Liberal government election commitment to strengthen protections for whistleblowers. We are doing this because the purpose of the bill is to encourage the disclosure of information in the public interest about significant risks to public health, safety or the environment, or about maladministration and misconduct in public administration.