Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (16:57): I, too, rise to support the motion put forward by the member for Unley. I thank him for bringing this matter to the parliament because it has been an ongoing issue in my electorate for some time. I might also add that I acknowledge the member for Frome's motion as well because there are elements there that I think also need to be reflected in this issue regarding school transport.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (17:35): Sadly, I stand today to speak on the importance of this current state Labor government getting their facts right. I speak on the issue of the Murray‑Darling Basin Plan. Sadly, on 24 July in another place the Hon.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (17:41): I rise, too, to speak on the dangerous driving bill and express some concerns about what is being proposed with or without amendment. Since the government has put forward this dangerous driving bill, I have been absolutely inundated with calls from a wide range of people in my electorate of Chaffey who are concerned with what this bill will do to impact on their lives and businesses. I think that it is more about the onus that it is going to put on people operating their businesses as they do currently.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (16:58): My question is for the Minister for Health. At a time when the Labor government is encouraging regional communities to close the gap, can the minister advise why $750,000 of funding to support Indigenous health services in the Riverland has been cut, and how the community will now replace that funding shortfall?
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:05): My question is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Can the minister advise the house what will happen to the $850,000 covered outdoor learning centre constructed in the Riverland Special School in Berri under the BER scheme at the same time the decision was taken to relocate that special school?
The Federal Government’s move to disallow the listing of the River Murray as “critically endangered” has been welcomed by the State Liberals’ Shadow Water Minister Michelle Lensink and Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:43): I rise to speak about spring in October in the Riverland and Mallee. It really has been quite an opening of the season, particularly with everyone noting that when spring is upon us, everything springs to life—all the plants, the flowers, the trees, the vines—everything shows signs of life. I would like to mention some of the events that are happening in the region, particularly the Riverland and Mallee, and it is a showcase of what the region has to offer.