Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (14:55):My question is to the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. Does the state government support an international student levy? With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I will explain.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:28):I rise to talk about some activity happening in the Riverland in recent times. Yes, the trophy cabinet continues to fill in the Riverland. The Premier's Food and Beverage Industry Awards saw some great South Australian businesses, individuals and exporters recognised for their dedication to our premium food and beverage industry—none more so than Almondco, the winner of the Export Award for businesses with more than 15 FTEs.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (14:59):My question is to the Minister for Trade and Investment. What is the government doing to address export delays as a result of the DP World cyber attacks? With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I will explain.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:13): I rise to talk about a biosecurity issue that is now not only impacting nationally but having a detrimental impact on South Australia. The varroa destructor mite is the most serious global pest to honey bees. Australia was the only honey bee industry free of varroa mite until it was detected in New South Wales last year.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (14:21):My question is to the Minister for Trade and Investment. What does the cessation in discussions for an Australian-European Union free trade agreement mean for South Australia's hydrogen sector? With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I will explain.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (12:01):I would like to rise to make a brief contribution and support the initiative of this motion. I rise in support of the member for Hammond's amended motion because I think it covers a much broader range of the issues on water, not just marine waters but also inland waters, and how vulnerable boat users can be when they get themselves in distress or into a sticky situation that might need either a rescue or support.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:18): Today, I rise to make a contribution, with a petition that was presented to the parliament here today—12,436 signatures. South Australians have signed that petition to have the duplication of the Sturt Highway, particularly incorporating the bypass of Truro. This does speak volumes, and not only for people using the Sturt Highway. It is about safety and it is about saving lives.