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Labor refuses to rule out seeking water from irrigators

Shadow River Murray and Water Minister Michelle Lensink and Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone are calling on Premier Weatherill to guarantee South Australia’s remaining commitment to the Murray Darling Basin Plan will not fall on irrigators.

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Labor refuses to rule out seeking water from irrigators

Shadow River Murray and Water Minister Michelle Lensink and Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone are calling on Premier Weatherill to guarantee South Australia’s remaining commitment to the Murray Darling Basin Plan will not fall on irrigators.

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Spread the word: Leave your fruit and vegetables at home over Easter

South Australians are being encouraged to spread the word and warn family and friends travelling over the Easter holidays not to threaten the State’s fruit fly free status by bringing fruit and vegetables into fruit fly exclusion zones.

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Another fruit fly outbreak in South Australia

As the Riverland fights to eradicate Queensland fruit fly, a Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak has been declared today at Sellicks Beach in Adelaide.

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Holes in Labor fruit fly strategy let fruit flies through

Critical weaknesses in the Weatherill Labor Government’s fruit fly strategy have been exposed with the horticultural pest passing through quarantine roadblocks, and now detected in the Riverland.

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Patient Assistance Scheme Transport

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (12:52): I too rise to support the motion and also the amendment put forward by the member for Morphett today. PATS is obviously a very important part of the health system for people who live in the regions and who are seeking medical treatment. It was brought to my attention in my first term as the member representing the people of Chaffey that the reimbursement process has serious flaws.

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Chaffey Electorate achievements

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:21): I rise today to showcase some of the achievements of constituents in the electorate of Chaffey over the last couple of months, claiming state, national and international awards, and it has certainly kept me busy acknowledging these achievements. These awards include the 2013 Advantage SA Awards which I attended in Murray Bridge last Friday evening.

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Desalination Plant

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:22): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before directing a question to the Minister for Water and the River Murray on the subject of the environmental water provision required for the desalination plant funding.

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Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia Protection of Title - Paramedics) Amendment Bill

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (12:26): I, too, rise to support this bill to protect the title of our paramedics here in South Australia. As the member for Morphett and the member for Stuart have said, the paramedic profession in Australia is currently not regulated, despite consistent calls for it to be included as part of our national registration and accreditation scheme for health professions.

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Statues Amendment (Smart Meters) Bill

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (12:09): I, too, rise today to support the bill introduced by the Minister for Energy in September this year. South Australia has been a lead legislator for the National Energy Retail Law and National Electricity Law, and I am pleased to be able to support the bill which represents an initial step for the eventual widespread introduction of the use of smart meters and related technologies. It is a welcome relief to finally see the state Labor government doing something about this issue because after 12 years in government it has failed to take any action to implement smart meters, despite the widely recognised benefits of the technology.

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