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SUPPLY BILL 2024

I rise to make a contribution to an important part of the parliament, and that is to approve the Supply Bill moving through. It is done in a bipartisan approach that is essential to a steady progress through so that we have expenditure to pay the bills and keep the state running. Over time, I have made contributions in this place and reflected on the impacts to my community in the electorate of Chaffey. I will first touch on a couple of the burning issues that really need to have a continuous spotlight shone on them; in particular, road infrastructure, health and education.

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ANZAC DAY

I rise to speak about ANZAC Day. Obviously, 25 April this year was a very important day of remembrance for all Australians of the many tens of thousands of people, service men and women, that left their loved ones to fight for the freedom that we enjoy today. In Chaffey, thousands of people across the Riverland and the Mallee attended some very moving ceremonies. There were some 15 services across the electorate, three of which I attended. We were there to honour and respect some of those servicemen that never came home to see their loved ones. They showed incredible strength, courage, determination, endurance, mateship and bravery, and they fought for the freedoms we have today.

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Labor driving lobster fisherman cray-sea

The Opposition is calling on the Malinauskas Labor Government to act against lobster export tariffs, which continue to cripple South Australia’s seafood industry

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WINE INDUSTRY

I would like to make a contribution today and talk about the wine industry here in South Australia. Sadly, currently the wine industry's economic woes continue. We have just finished a vintage and the writing on the wall has not been good. To put it into perspective, all of the 18 wine regions in South Australia are currently facing headwinds but no more so than the Riverland. The Riverland is the engine room of the wine industry. It produces an E and D-grade product. That is, it makes up the majority of exports out of Australia to our global partners.

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PRIVATE MEMBERS' STATEMENTS- SPRAY DRIFT

I rise to speak on an issue that is of much concern to much of the farming community right around the state, but it is impacting significantly on farming practices in the seat of Chaffey, impacting on neighbours next door and far away. That is spray drift. Spray drift is having a serious impact on neighbouring crops that have seen significant damage through a careless act of the neighbouring farmer.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (NATIONAL ENERGY LAWS) (WHOLESALE MARKET MONITORING) BILL

I would like to make a contribution to the Statutes Amendment (National Energy Laws) (Wholesale Market Monitoring) Bill. I think it is very important. I think most members of this place understand that we do need national energy laws that work and that are transparent, and we would like to think that South Australia will be the lead jurisdiction. The Australian Energy Regulator is limited. There are restrictions for obtaining and using information, a lack of visibility over electricity contract markets and a lack of comprehensive gas market monitoring.

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Labor turns its back on thousands of SA jobs

South Australia will miss out on thousands of local jobs with the Malinauskas and Albanese Labor Governments cutting funding for a project to turn the state into a world-leading plant protein manufacturer.

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AYERS HOUSE BILL

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (12:26): I, too, rise to make a contribution to the Ayers House Bill, and I think rightfully so, as it is a great piece of history in the heart of Adelaide. I think it is more than that. It is all about what we as a society have done to preserve our history and the way that the National Trust behaves, commercialising some of those assets so that we can keep them maintained up to visitors' expectations. I think it is critically important that that continues to happen.

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SECOND-HAND VEHICLE DEALERS (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr WHETSTONE: Yes. I bring this to the chamber's attention, because who knows if it is not happening? Some of the more historical cars, some of those older cars, are starting to become quite valuable. Anything with a steel bumper bar in today's automotive circle of sales or repairs is usually worth a lot more than it was when it was brand new.

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GRIEVANCE DEBATE- TRADE RELATIONS

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:34): I rise today to reflect a little bit on one of the most important economic drivers in South Australia, and that is our trade relations with our global partners. On this side of the house, we have always been passionate about promoting South Australia to the world. Just recently, we have had a number of delegates visit here at Parliament House and also out in the business sector. We have seen the ambassador to Lithuania, today we have seen the British High Commissioner, and we have seen the Consul-General visit this place over the last couple of days.

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