Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:52): I rise to speak to the introduction of the Infrastructure SA Bill 2018. I think this is something that has been sorely needed for so long in this state. Infrastructure planning has gone out of the window in past times, with priorities being made on political levels with political one-upmanship on whether a project should happen just because a particular government thinks it will be popular.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (16:34): Thank you, Mr Acting Deputy Speaker. You do a fine job in your role at the moment, as you do as the deputy whip and as the member for Newland. I rise to speak to and absolutely support the Farm Debt Mediation Bill. As this house knows, I come from a farming background. My family goes back to 1840, when they settled in Plympton and had a little farm and boot shop, and then they eventually ended up at Gawler River, Angle Vale and then down at Coomandook, where I have lived all my life on the family farm.
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) (11:57): 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) (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.