Speeches

Appropriation Bill 2013 - Estimates response

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (11:57): Sitting through estimates really was a very frustrating time for myself, as it sounds like it was for many opposition members. Sitting through estimates did give me time to ponder what we achieved and what actually came out of estimates. The worth of the process is probably the biggest factor I jotted down when I was twiddling with my pen in absolute dismay at the opening statements and the Dorothy Dixers.

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Dry July

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:47): I rise today to speak about something that I have joined only a few days ago, and that is Dry July. I would like to speak about what Dry July actually is, what it does and what it achieves. I think it is a fantastic initiative, as does the member for Flinders, who has also joined up to Dry July. The member for West Torrens is shaking his head. I will get grumpy by the end of the month, don't you worry!

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Berri Truly

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (15:22): Today I rise to talk about an issue that is quite dear to my heart, being a citrus grower for nearly 25 years. During the last couple of weeks, I have been involved in a campaign to bring public awareness to a product that has been on our supermarket shelves—actually, it has been dumped on our supermarket shelves—and that is a product branded synonymously with South Australia as a Berri product and as a 'truly' orange product.

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Same Sex Marriage Bill

Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (12:18): I rise today on the Same Sex Marriage Bill introduced by the member for Port Adelaide. As the member for Giles has declared, I am a single parent and my mother was a single parent, so I am not hiding behind any facade, let me tell you.However, this is an issue that has had increasing traction both in this place today and in the federal arena.

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School Transport Policy motion

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.

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Murray Darling Basin Plan

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.

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Dangerous driving bill

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.

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Riverland indigenous health services

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?

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Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund

The Hon. S.G. WADE (14:28): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Regional Development a question about the Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund.

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Fruit Fly Questions

The Hon. J.S. LEE (15:08): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries a question relating to fruit fly

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