Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (14:52):My question is to the Minister for Climate, Environment and Water. Will the minister commit to ongoing supply of essential drinking water to residents living in flood-affected communities? If not, why not? With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I will explain.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:27):My question is to the Minister for Climate, Environment and Water. Is the minister aware of the salinity slug entering the River Murray from Lake Bonney that now is threatening crop damage? If so, what measures is she taking to prevent that crop damage? With your leave, and that of the house, sir, I will explain.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:46): It would be pertinent for me to stand up and talk about the recent floods. After today's performance by the Deputy Premier, I think it is an absolute disgrace that she can laugh her way through half of question time, absolving herself from responsibility and from answering questions about what has happened. It is one of the worst natural disasters in the state's history and she walks off smiling. What an absolute disgrace! However, I do want to pay tribute to the Minister for Emergency Services, who made himself available at every opportunity to answer questions about those concerns that MPs in this place had around responding to those high flows and then the flood event.
The Opposition has renewed calls for Susan Close to apologise to river communities for abandoning them during the peak of the flooding, choosing to disappear on a month-long overseas holiday despite being the minister responsible for the River Murray.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (11:36): I think it is very important that the majority of people in this place stand and acknowledge the great work that volunteers do, whether it is in their electorate, whether it is statewide or internationally. I think they have a very, very important role to play but, in saying that, they make our communities a better place to live. They provide a better environment for the time that they give and the service that they provide to the common person here in South Australia.
The Opposition is calling on the Malinauskas Labor Government to provide Riverland and Murraylands communities with certainty and declare a specific trigger point at which recreational restrictions on the River Murray will be lifted.
The Opposition is calling on the State Government to provide further support to River Murray communities, including requesting the services of the Australian Defence Force, to better help with preparation, mitigation and communication as water levels continue to rise.
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (14:46):My question is to the Minister for Energy and Mining. Has the minister met with SA Power Networks and the technical regulator to clarify how power disconnections are likely to impact homes and irrigators in the Riverland?