Public Works Committee: Port Road Drainage Project

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.

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Disability Inclusion Bill

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.

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Electoral (Prisoner Voting) Amendment Bill

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.

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Fair Trading (Gift Cards) Amendment Bill

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.

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Criminal Law Consolidation (Children and Vulnerable Adults) Amendment Bill

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.

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Public Interest Disclosure Bill

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.

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World No Tobacco Day

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:07): I rise to support the motion:

That this house—

(a) acknowledges that 31 May is the UN World Tobacco Day;

(b) recognises the thousands of South Australian families impacted by the damage caused by smoking every year;

(c) continues to support measures to reduce the smoking rate, especially those designed to prevent young people from becoming smokers; and

(d) notes the significant policy progress made to reduce South Australian smoking rates over the past decade, including smoke-free outdoor dining areas.

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Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Investigation Powers) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:54): I rise to speak to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Investigation Powers) Amendment Bill 2018. There are two primary outcomes of this bill: it fulfils our government's election commitment to give the ICAC commissioner the discretion to hold public inquiries in cases that involve potential maladministration or misconduct in public administration, and it clarifies the commissioner's powers by enumerating these in a schedule to the act rather than by reference to the Ombudsman Act or Royal Commissions Act.

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Supply Bill 2018

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (22:24): I rise tonight to speak to the Supply Bill 2018, which is the appropriation of $6,631 million, or just over $6½ billion, so that we can keep the functions of the Public Service operating, keep the functions of government operating and keep everyone paid until the budget is approved. The budget will be announced on 4 September (which personally is a significant date, but I will leave that out). This is standard practice. I heard in the contribution from the member for Lee, and from other members on the other side, the feigned shock and horror at this spending and how there is not a vast list of budget proposals for this money to go to.

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International Midwives and Nurses Days

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:41): I rise to support this motion by the member for Hurtle Vale. I certainly want to acknowledge the great work that nurses and midwives do in our community.

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