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) (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.
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.
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.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:08): I rise, too, to support this excellent motion moved by the member for Colton on the fantastic exhibition of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and certainly acknowledge the excellent efforts of the 60 athletes from South Australia. As other members have put to this house already, combining all abilities—and I will use the word 'abilities'—was such a fantastic thing to watch, as was seeing how people overcome whatever they have to in order to compete in sport and those amazing events.
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.
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.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:24): I rise to give my Address in Reply speech after the Governor's speech was delivered the other day in the other place.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:14): I rise to address a couple of issues, some I did not get to speak about in my Address in Reply contribution. I would like to discuss our Globe Link policy, which is our far-reaching policy to link Monarto around the back of the Hills, possibly around Truro, and coming out at Two Wells. What we will do is the work we have committed to, as has already been mentioned today by minister Knoll in this place. We have committed to the $20 million study to make sure that we get the right routes, the right outcomes, and that we get it done at the right costings.
Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:44): I rise to talk today about what I think is an historic agreement between the federal government and the federal opposition in regard to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.