Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:51): It is hard to believe that there are only 27 sleeps until Christmas and 34 sleeps until the new year. The days, the weeks and the months—and even the years—pass so quickly. It is almost three years since I was elected to parliament and had the privilege and pleasure of joining you, Deputy Speaker, and other colleagues in this place. Like many people, I find myself at this time of the year reflecting on the year that has passed and looking forward into the future for what may come. The end of 2017 also brings the end of this term of parliament and it is an opportunity for me to reflect not just on the year but on my time as a member of the 53rd parliament.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:06): I rise today to speak about the Autism Intervention Program at Blackwood Primary School and Blackwood High School. Autism SA reports that autism, and related disorders, is the most common primary disability across all NDIS trial sites, representing one-third of participants nationally. Growth in diagnosis in South Australia has been a consistent trend for many years, with Autism SA's 2015-16 annual report noting that there were 1,195 new diagnoses in the state during this period, representing a nearly 10 per cent increase on the previous year.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:46): I begin by putting on the record my congratulations to the member for Bright on his hard work in this policy development on this side of the house. I know that he will make a fantastic and very diligent minister for the environment in a future Liberal government. This is about the vision that we are seeing here on this side of the house, and this is how you make good policy that is in the public interest because you do what is right for the people of South Australia. As I said, I would like to make a few comments about the importance of open space and the importance of open space in providing liveable communities in South Australia.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:19): Today, I rise to speak on a very important issue in my community, and that is about being bushfire ready. In 2016, South Australia experienced its wettest winter. In 2017, many parts of the state have experienced below average rainfall. As we head into the 2017-18 bushfire season, the combination of an abundant growth of fine fuel caused by last year's rain and reduced moisture this year has resulted in many areas of above normal fire potential.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:19): I rise today to acknowledge, with great sadness and respect, the passing of Dr Bob Coulthard AM. Dr Bob was truly an extraordinary man. The tributes that have flown from across Australia and around the globe are testament to the overwhelming respect and love for Dr Bob and recognition for his considerable achievements. In their tribute, Lions Australia notes:
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (20:46): I also rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Vehicle Inspections and South Eastern Freeway Offences) Bill 2017. As does everyone in this house, I welcome pragmatic measures to improve road safety. We are all too often faced with the tragic aftermath of road trauma for individuals, families, friends, first responders, emergency service personnel and the whole community. Anything we can do to reduce the number of accidents is certainly supported by those of us on this side of the house.
I recently posted my Mid Year 2017 Community Newsletter to every household in our local area.
In case you missed it, here is the digital version.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:48): I rise today to speak on an issue that has divided friends, colleagues and even some families. It is an issue that is close to the hearts of many South Australians, and it is an issue that has resulted in blood, sweat and tears for a few and eagerness and anticipation amongst the many.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:19): I rise to recognise and acknowledge exceptional
individuals, groups and activities in my local community. We are truly spoilt in the Mitcham Hills,
which is an area with such strong community spirit represented across a range of volunteer groups
and public events. This is certainly epitomised by our CFS and SES crews, whose dedication and
commitment to our local community are extraordinary.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:23): I also rise to speak on the appropriation debate and report
of estimates, and I thank all those who were involved in the estimates process. It must be a
phenomenal back-end process for all our hardworking public servants and departmental officials who come to this place, with folder upon folder of notes and thousands of hole-punched pages, ready for the grilling by the opposition. I have sat in on quite a few estimates, and this year there was once again a very high standard of grilling by opposition members only for them to be told by the responsible minister, 'We will take that question on notice.'
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:42): I rise today to once again urge the government to revisit
its decision to close the Repat Hospital. The Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, and indeed all South Australians, simply cannot afford to lose this critical institution. If the government ignores the repeated request to save the Repat and goes ahead with its plans, I believe that so many people in my electorate, including many clinicians, whom the government chooses at times to ignore, will feel the consequences that will reverberate across South Australia's health network for years to come.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (10:50): I rise to support the bill introduced by the Hon. Dennis Hood in the other place. It is quite the opposite, Premier: this bill and the opportunity for an open ICAC is an opportunity to give the people of South Australia a voice, for the people of South Australia to know what this government has been hiding for years from the people of South Australia, and to have their faith restored in our systems and in our institutions that has been so lacking, for so long, for so many years by those opposite.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (21:03): 'Sam Duluk, he works for a big bank.' That was the literature that the ALP put out on polling day in my by-election. They did a precis of me and my opponent, and my crime was that I worked for a big bank. At the time, I was just a humble business bank manager at the ANZ bank, a bank that employs thousands of South Australians and tens of thousands of Australians, as all the big banks do in South Australia and Australia. They employ thousands of South Australians.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:42): Thank you, Deputy Speaker. I am sure they will all be glorious. Firstly, in terms of my local community throughout the Mitcham Hills, we rely on the CFS and SES to attend to all of our emergency services needs. I would like to make mention of the Belair, Blackwood, Eden Hills, Coromandel Valley and Cherry Gardens CFS brigades, who volunteer their time tirelessly, day in, day out, in my community, which, whilst it is fully serviced by a CFS brigade, is predominantly a metropolitan community.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:04): I would also like to make my contribution to the Appropriation Bill and speak about some measures that are in the budget, some measures that are not in the budget and give some general reflections. First and foremost, one thing I have been banging on about in this chamber since my time in this place is the Blackwood roundabout, and I am very pleased that there is a line item to fund $3.5 million in this year's budget. I know that it will alleviate many of those traffic delays throughout my community.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:29): I had a work experience girl in my office a couple of weeks ago—a fantastic young student from Blackwood High School. At the end of the week, I asked her, 'How did you find the week?' She said, 'I thoroughly enjoyed working for you.' I said, 'Would you like to write a bit about your week?' She said she would, and so she penned this open letter to me:
On 15 May 2017, a freight train broke down at Glenalta causing widespread chaos for commuters.
I appeared on Seven News and Nine News representing my community and discussing GlobeLink, the Marshall Liberal Team proposal which would see rail fright diverted from the Hills onto a new Northern Freight Rail Bypass.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:20): I rise today to discuss South Australia’s History Festival, and the many outstanding events that have been hosted in my local community. As many in the House would know, May is the festival month. It is an opportunity to discover the hidden gems in our communities, explore heritage trails and learn more about the history of South Australia.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:11): I rise today to commend the outstanding efforts of local youth groups in my electorate and thank them for their contribution to local ANZAC Day commemorations. The Mitcham Hills has an incredibly active and community-minded spirit, and it is a spirit I am very pleased to see being passed on to the next generation.
(Continued from 29 March 2017)
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:03): I rise to speak on the Liquor Licensing (Liquor Review) Amendment Bill 2017. I advise that I am not the lead speaker, but I want to say a few words and put on the record that it is nearly two years since the minister first announced his intention to review the Liquor Licensing Act. At no point over the last two years have the government provided a clear justification for this process. They have not addressed any clear problems. To my mind, they are not providing any reform that will boost industry or protect our community and, by making some changes within the existing act, they do very little to improve the legislative framework.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:59): I would also like to make a contribution to the supply grieve. I hope that the state budget coming up at the end of June is as good for South Australia as the federal budget handed down last night was good for South Australia and Australia. We saw massive investment from the federal government in those things that are important to so many Australians. Most importantly, there was an investment to guarantee the funding for the NDIS, which is a very important scheme and one that receives bipartisan support, but up until last night it was not fully funded. With the announcements from Treasurer Morrison, we are going to see the NDIS fully funded, which is wonderful for South Australians and all Australians who live with a disability or their carers, so there was some good news in the federal budget last night.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:35): Yesterday, the house reflected on the life of the late Hon. Robin Millhouse, former attorney-general in this place, who went on to serve on the bench and make a significant contribution to the life of South Australia. That was reflected on by the Premier, the Deputy Premier, the Speaker himself and, from our side, the Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:08): Today, I rise to speak about yet another failure of this Labor government, another failure to protect our state's most vulnerable and disadvantaged and yet another failure of this government and this Premier—a failure to demonstrate any responsibility or accountability for the conduct and disgraceful practices of departments and agencies that report to them, a failure of our Westminster system of government. So often has a crisis occurred that every South Australian is now so well versed in this government playbook.
Mr Duluk (Davenport) (17:11): I also would like to make a contribution on the Supply Bill 2017. I think we all know that it is a pretty important bit of machinery that keeps us ticking along and keeps us paying our bills and debts, which is most important. The Supply Bill is also an annual marker that gives us an opportunity to reflect on the previous 12 months, a chance to stop and consider the work of the state government and government expenditure over this period.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:44): I rise today to acknowledge national epilepsy Purple Day, held each year on 26 March. Purple Day is an important annual event, with people not only wearing purple, like you are today, Deputy Speaker, but holding local community events, fundraising and working together to increase awareness and understanding of epilepsy and the need for increased funding to support individuals and families affected by epilepsy. Last Sunday, 26 March, the Epilepsy Centre hosted a family day at the Entertainment Centre. Whilst it was a fantastic and fun day, it is important that we remember the very serious and important motives that underlie the need for Purple Day.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:41): It will be no surprise to those on this side of the house that
I support the motion. What I have found intriguing is every contribution so far from the Labor Party: the Premier, the Treasurer, the member for Lee, the Deputy Premier, and of course the member for Kaurna, who is auditioning for the Treasurer's role for after the next election. The opposition benches we were all given a history lesson, and this history lesson is going on and on and is full of inaccuracies.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:29): I would also like to make a contribution on the rail safety national law bill and put on the record that we on this side of the house support the bill. I want to make a few comments on South Australian rail transport and rail infrastructure because, for those who know, they are huge parts of the electorates of Davenport, Waite and Elder and the surrounding areas of the Mitcham Hills.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:27): A very good on-baller, I would have thought, member for
Torrens. I rise today to talk about the enormous potential of our wonderful state; potential that desperately needs to be unlocked. To unlock that potential, South Australia needs a government that is able to lift its gaze beyond the horizon and envisage the South Australia of tomorrow.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:32): I move:
That this house—
(a) recognises that today is the 75th anniversary of the 1942 Bangka Strait massacre;
(b) honours the memory of Australian nurses killed in the Bangka Strait massacre; and
(c) commends the SA Women's Memorial Playing Field Trust for their ongoing commitment to the annual Bangka Day Memorial Service.
I would like to invite you to a BBQ Fundraiser for the Sturt CFS Group. The BBQ will be held on Saturday, 17 December in the Blackwood Coles Carpark from 10AM- 2PM and hosted by Nicolle Flint MP, Federal Member for Boothby, Mayor Glenn Spear, Mayor of the City of Mitcham and myself.
I encourage everyone to drop by and support the volunteers who are at the heart of our community.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:51): I just want to make a short contribution with regard to this motion:
That this house recognises 3 December as the International Day of People with Disability and celebrates the achievements of those with a disability and recognises the contribution they make to our communities.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (17:04): Can I echo the words of the Member for Morialta. What the state government is doing in regard to private instrumental tuition in government schools is an absolute disgrace and a shame. It is extremely short-sighted and it is going to be to the detriment of young children and those at school who want to continue to have private music tuition. This is not a case of needing or having private instrumental teachers going into public schools at the expense of The Instrumental Music Service.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:06): I indicate that I am the lead speaker on this bill. The opposition certainly welcomes improved governance of roadworks, which includes enforcing the appropriate use of speed limit signs and, to that end, the removal of signage when works have been completed or suspended. This will help reduce obstruction to traffic flows and alleviate some congestion on our roads. Road safety signs are a critical part of managing the safety of road workers and motorists. They make us aware of potential hazards and the need to adjust to changed conditions, and they help in protecting our road workers, just as our emergency services workers are protected when stopping at an incident, with 25 km/h speed limits applicable for passing motorists.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:43): I move:
That this house urges the Weatherill Labor government to prioritise the upgrade of road maintenance and
transport systems through the Mitcham Hills, prioritising Main Road and the Blackwood roundabout, in order
(a) improve traffic congestion for residents living in the Mitcham Hills and Southern suburbs;
(b) provide efficient access for emergency services vehicles;
(c) improve traffic management in an emergency event;
(d) create a safer environment for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians; and
(e) meet the population growth needs of Mitcham Hills and the surrounding areas.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:52): I also rise to speak on the Adoption (Review) Amendment
Bill 2016. I will make a very small contribution. The path to the legislation before the house has been
a long, emotional and, in many cases, painful journey for the many people who underwent adoption
in the pre-1988 era of closed adoption practice. I have no doubt that when the original legislation was
debated, and subsequently enacted by parliament, it was done with the very best of intentions for
the children who would undergo adoption, for the parents who would surrender their children and for
the families who would welcome those children into their homes.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:08): As you may know, this week is Bushfire Action Week.
Launched on Sunday 30 October, a series of events will be held in many parts of South Australia
throughout the week, providing an opportunity for people to engage with the CFS and learn more
about how they can make a contribution to their personal safety and that of their community.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:16): On Monday morning, I had the privilege to attend the funeral of Laurie Draper AO, QPM, who was one of my constituents—not just one of my constituents, but a long-time supporter and member of the Liberal Party. My dealings with Mr Draper were in his later stage of life, but he came across and was an incredibly gentle, humble and unassuming man. If you read his autobiography More Than Just a Job: My Life and Career from Junior Constable to Commissioner of Police, you will see in that man why he became Commissioner of Police in 1978, after Commissioner Salisbury, and, of course, in a period of a lot of social change in South Australia.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (17:40): I also commend the member for Flinders for bringing this motion. I would like to make a few comments of support and, indeed, recognise the outstanding contribution that KESAB has made to South Australia and especially to our environment. I also congratulate them on their 50th anniversary. The exceptional commitment of many staff and volunteers over five decades has seen KESAB evolve from a humble community-based anti-litter campaign to an international player in environmental management.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:24): Dementia remains one of the biggest global public health challenges facing this generation and, whilst dementia may affect us at any age, its prevalence certainly increases later in life, meaning that the rapid ageing of our population is leading to an equally rapid increase in the number of people with dementia. Dementia is already the second leading cause of death in Australia, and there is no cure.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:38): I also rise today to add my comments in support of the minority report on the rate capping inquiry and, of course, to make a contribution on that. In recent years, I believe that we have seen an unhealthy habit develop within local government, and that is to impose annual rate increases well above CPI and the Local Government Price Index on ratepayers.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:31): I rise today to recognise the work of the many volunteers who assisted residents and the community on 14 September, when we experienced one of the wettest September days on record. In the Mitcham Hills, creeks were flowing fast, hard enough to damage bridges and walkways in Coromandel Valley and cause serious flooding in the Brownhill Creek area. Reserves and streets were flooded, and houses were damaged in Mitcham.
Mr DULUK ( Davenport ) ( 15:22 ): Today, I rise to reflect on the life of a remarkable woman who had a love of nature and a passion to preserve it. Enid Lucy Robertson AM was born in 1925 and lived in Blackwood until her marriage in 1948. In 1966, Enid returned with her four children to Blackwood after the death of her husband, Dr Stirling Robertson.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:38): Since the Treasurer delivered his budget on 7 July, my office has been contacted by quite a few constituents. I can tell you that not one has phoned, emailed or visited my office to sing the praises of the Treasurer's budget. No-one has said that it is an excellent budget, no-one has even said it is a good budget. What they have told me is that they are very disappointed. They are frustrated and they are very angry. They are frustrated by the government's unwavering commitment to Transforming Health, despite growing protests from medical professionals, staff and patients, as well as budget blowouts and despicable waste, including $3 million of taxpayers' money the government spent spruiking its changes to the health system.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (19:54): A little over 12 months ago, I had my first opportunity to respond to this house in regard to the state budget. At that time, I called on the government to be courageous and look at new programs and new initiatives to kickstart our lagging economy.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:41): I would also like to make a contribution on this bill andnote my support, and that of this side of the house, on the main aspects of the proposed bill. Firstly, I would like to make a brief comment on the length of time it has taken for this legislation to comebefore the house.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:42): I rise today on a sombre note to discuss data
released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in March this year on the causes of
death in Australia in 2014. It is with alarm and sadness that I note the tragically high
rate of suicide in this country, in particular in South Australia, by the numbers. In
2014, there were 2,864 suicides nationally. That is almost eight per day—one every
three hours. In South Australia, there were 240 suicides in just 12 months. That
means that every 1.5 days someone in South Australia takes their own life.
In Parliament - Thursday 23 June 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:46:27): I move:That this house—
(a) recognises Purple Day in support of epilepsy awareness;
(b) acknowledges the work of community members who raise the issue of epilepsy awareness; and
(c) calls on the state government to adequately fund epilepsy services, research and diagnosis.
In Parliament - Thursday, 9 June 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:31): I move:
That this house urges the Weatherill Labor government to prioritise the development of a fourth lane for Flagstaff Road in order to—
improve commute times for local residents;
provide the safest possible conditions for road users;
provide efficient access for emergency services to the suburbs connected to this road; and
take pressure off South Road.
In Parliament - Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:37): I also want to say a few quick words on this bill as it pertains to rail and rail infrastructure. Rail is a big part of our community in Davenport, so I just want to use this opportunity to say a few words about current passenger efficiency, park-and-ride facilities in my electorate, of course the freight line and the ongoing problem with boom gates in my electorate.
In Parliament - Thursday, 19 May 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:44:27): I would like to thank the member for Morphett for moving this important motion that he has today and has spoken to. Of course, the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network delivers public hospital services to more than 350,000 people living in the southern metropolitan area, including those in my electorate, and of course in the electorate of Waite.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:47): I would also like to make a small contribution to this debate and welcome the government's finally presenting the long overdue legislation. I would like to acknowledge the many stakeholders who have made a contribution to the substance of this bill, including the RSPCA, the Animal Welfare League, the Local Government Association, the Australian Veterinary Association and, of course, the many dog breeder associations. I also want to acknowledge Andrew Lamb, who is here in the chamber today, for all the work that he has been doing in this bit of legislation (and also for the umpiring he is going to do on Saturday).
In Parliament - Thursday, 14 April 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:44:32): I want to thank the Leader for moving this motion this morning. I am speaking on this very important motion to share a story with you: it is one man's story but it is a story that could be just as easily told by many other veterans.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:25:20): Last night, I hosted a community forum at Blackwood High School on the issue of understanding the ice factor. As you know, there has been extensive media coverage focused on the increasing prevalence of ice use in our community and the damaging effects of this drug. Much of that attention has been fuelled by the statistics of the ever increasing usage of ice and stories of violent and aggressive behaviour triggered by the drug.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:12:10): They are all leaving. Thank you, Deputy Speaker. I do notice you were looking to the other side for a contribution, perhaps, before, and I thank you for looking at me. One thing that has caught my attention in the 12 or so months that I have been in this house is that, when it comes to matters of supply and financial matters, we barely get a contribution from those opposite.
In Parliament - Thursday, 24 March 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:57:21): In my maiden speech, I said the following:
The typical Davenport business operator works 7 days a week, has his or her home as collateral for their business finance, ensures that their employees are well looked after and remunerated, and finally, at the end of the week, takes home for themselves a wage to look after their family, pay the mortgage and put a bit away for a rainy day.
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:22): Today I rise to celebrate 2016 being the 125th anniversary of the Belair National Park and give thanks to all those who care for our beautiful park. I especially thank the Friends of the Belair National Park, Friends of the Old Government House and the local CFS brigades who keep the national park safe from fire each and every season.
In Parliament - Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (17:03:37): I rise today to express my concern about sports funding in my electorate. Recently I was disappointed to hear that the Mitcham council, which shares much of the same constituency as I do, has put on hold their planned upgrade to the Hewett Reserve clubrooms. The reason that the very much needed upgrade has been delayed is not that council has no money—indeed, it has pledged $400,000 for the upgrade—it is because the state government has not come to the party and, once again, it has let the people of Davenport down by refusing to match council's contribution to bring these clubrooms into the 21st century.
In Parliament - Thursday 25 February 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:09:00): I also rise to make a few comments in relation to the Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Bill 2016. I was not necessarily going to speak on this bill, but the member for Reynell convinced me of the merits of making a small contribution. I sort of agree with the majority of speakers who have been addressing the chamber on this bill. There is a lot of merit in the concept that the law should not discriminate and that everyone should be treated equally before the law.
In Parliament - Thursday, 25 February 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:55:35): I thank the member for Chaffey for moving this wonderful motion. I am a great cricket fan—not always a great cricket player, but a great cricket fan—and strongly support the good work of the SACA in acknowledging the significant contribution of 25 men and women recognised in the Avenue of Honour at Adelaide Oval. There is no doubt that this project would not have occurred without former Australian lacrosse captain, Jenny Williams, and the South Australian Women's Sport Network spearheading this push to organise a petition and working with SACA.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:25:40): On Saturday 13 February, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra had their opening night of the 2016 year, which was also the beginning of their 80th birthday celebrations. That night, the orchestra was under the baton of Nicholas Carter, a young 30 year old and the first Australian to be appointed as head of a major city orchestra since Stuart Challender was chief conductor of the SSO back in 1987.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 23 February 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:53:18): I rise today to discuss the need for entrepreneurial skills to be embedded in South Australia's curriculum. As we hear on the news, almost daily, South Australian young people are at risk of unemployment. The current unemployment rate of youth in South Australia is about 15.6 per cent; higher in our northern suburbs. This is appalling, to say the least, and reflects terribly on this current government.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:11:30): Unfortunately drugs continue to have a damaging impact on our society. Challenges around unemployment, homelessness and domestic violence are being exacerbated by the destructive use of illicit drugs and lives are being put at risk. Illicit drug use is a problem that has permeated through our community and it is leaving a trail of destruction—parents, grandparents, siblings, children, men, women, young and old, are being caught up in this indiscriminate web.
In Parliament - Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:43:17): I rise today to bring to the house's attention the ongoing failures of critical transport and infrastructure in my electorate. The boom gates at the Blackwood and Glenalta level crossings along the Belair rail line have repeatedly failed. Throughout last year there were multiple occasions when the boom gates jammed, including on 2 January 2015, the day of the Sampson Flat bushfire. Just last month the boom gates near the station failed, including on Tuesday 5 January 2016 at the Blackwood station crossing.
In Parliament - Thursday, 3 December 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:16:06): The Pinery bushfire was a grave reminder of South Australia's vulnerability to bushfires. Catastrophic fires can arrive quickly and without warning. It does not matter if you live in the state's north, along the Peninsula or in our foothills—all areas are vulnerable. Our stunning countryside that provides us with such an enjoyable environment in which to live, work and play is, unfortunately, also excellent fuel for bushfires.
In Parliament - Thursday, 3 December 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (17:18:46): Thank you, sir, and you look very good in that chair.
The ACTING SPEAKER (Hon. T.R. Kenyon): Thank you, sir. I have designs.
Mr DULUK: Grand designs. I also rise today to make a contribution to the Victims of Crime (Compensation) Amendment Bill 2015. Victims of crime often suffer a range of physical and psychological injuries which can have a devastating impact on both the victims and their families. Whilst financial compensation cannot redress the harm that victims suffer, payments are designed to help people address the suffering that impacts their lives afterwards.
In Parliament - Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:59:25): I also rise today to speak in support of the Motor Vehicles (Trials of Automotive Technologies) Amendment Bill 2015, but only briefly. I put on the record that this bill relates purely to the trials of autonomous vehicles and not to any commercial legalisation.
In Parliament - Thursday, 19 November 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:51:04): I also rise to make a small contribution to this debate and to echo the sentiments of the member for Morialta who very truly has had a long interest in these matters and who has really put the case quite well in his contribution to the house.
In Parliament - Thursday, 29 October 2015
Mr DULUK ( Davenport) (15:23:48): I rise today to add my voice to the weight of community concern with regard to the new cycling rules. I strongly support road safety, as does everyone on this side of the house, and I want to work with the government to make sure that our roads are as safe as possible for all road users; however, this government does not share my willingness for collaboration. It has purposely removed any opportunity for non-government participation in this debate.
In Parliament - Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (20:46:52): I also rise to speak on the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015, commend the member for Goyder for his contribution and note it is always difficult to follow the deputy leader and member for Finniss. South Australia's planning system is complex, cumbersome and confusing. Anyone needing to use the planning system must navigate up to 23,000 pages of planning rules across 500 residential zones and some 2,500 combinations of zones, overlays and spatial layers.
In Parliament - Thursday, 15 October 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:06:02): I also rise to speak very briefly on the Stolen Generations (Compensation) Bill 2014, and echo the sentiments of the leader and the member for Stuart. In essence, to me this bill is about trying to right, in some small way, the grievous errors of the past. It was wrong to forcibly remove children from their parents solely on the basis of the colour of their skin. In circumstances in which this has happened, it is appropriate that the state pay adequate compensation.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:09:45): I also rise to speak on the Public Works Committee in relation to the Flinders Medical Centre with just a couple of brief remarks. As the local member for the Flinders Medical Centre, I think everyone welcomes an upgrade to the hospital in their electorate. Certainly, the Flinders Medical Centre and the $170 million spend is a welcome spend by the government.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:36:28): I rise today to condemn this incompetent and wasteful state government on the way that it has completely mishandled and politicised the new cost of living concession. As many of my constituents in Davenport have said to me, there was nothing wrong with the old council rate concession. Administratively, the old concession being applied to council rates a was very simple one.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:21:03): I also rise to speak in favour of the Liquor Licensing (Entertainment on Licensed Premises) Amendment Bill 2015, and I commend the member for Hartley, as lead speaker for the opposition, on his contribution, his research and his thorough interest in this matter. As I said, this amendment bill is supported by the Liberal Party. It is supported by the Music Industry Council, which provided a key submission and recommendations to the government early this year, as well as the Australian Hotels Association (AHA).
In Parliament - Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:53:51): I also rise to speak on the Controlled Substances (Simple Possession Offences) Amendment Bill. The drug diversion initiative plays an integral role in helping people with simple possession offences. Offenders are able to address their drug habits with assistance from health professionals rather than entering the costly criminal justice system. The scheme is underpinned by a notion that personal drug use is more appropriately and effectively addressed with a health response rather than with a criminal justice response. SA Police, SA Health and non-government service providers play an important role in ensuring the effectiveness of this program. Drug diversion schemes for simple possession of illicit substances are considered a sensible policy response for first-time offenders.
In Parliament - Thursday, 10 September 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (17:16:47): I rise also to speak in support of this bill. Like many who saw the ABC Four Corners episode 'Making A Killing' back in February of this year, I was deeply troubled by the report and the footage shown. As honourable members are well aware, I was not the only one appalled by what I saw. After the program aired, I received many hundreds of phone calls, emails and letters from my constituents asking for parliament to act to prevent such cruelty to animals. I have no doubt that many other members had a similar experience, and I am glad today that we are finally acting on what we saw on the Four Corners program.
In Parliament - Thursday, 10 September 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:29:05): One thing I would like to do as the new member for Davenport is to host regular community forums to raise matters of interest to my community. On 18 August I hosted one such forum on the topic of renewable energy in South Australia. Held at the Blackwood centre, we were fortunate to have Adjunct Professor Monica Oliphant AO as our guest speaker.
In Parliament - Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:38:33): I also rise to speak to the Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Budget 2015) Bill and to understand where the 2015 budget is and what the government is trying to do over the next 12 months. I commend them in many areas such as looking at winding back some of the stamp duty provisions and even the Save the River Murray levy which is very honourable, but we need to look at why we are where we are today and how things have come about.
In Parliament - Thursday, 30 July 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:22:11): The revelation last week that the state government was secretly planning to merge South Australia's universities and TAFE system was disturbing, to say the least. The fact that this government was considering amalgamating the third-oldest university in the country and my alma mater, the University of Adelaide, with University of South Australia was reckless and short-sighted in the extreme.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (18:10:53): I also rise and appreciate the opportunity to reflect on my first estimates processes, and in doing that thank the member for Goyder for guiding me through my first estimates last Thursday during the planning portfolio. As a new member of parliament, it was my first experience of estimates and one that I was looking forward to participating in. In my eagerness, I put my hand up to sit on 11 committees.
In Parliament - Thursday, 2 July 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:36:49): I rise today to speak in support of the tremendous work that volunteers do in our community. I am fortunate to have some wonderful service clubs in my electorate. In particular, I have two Lions Clubs and three Rotary Clubs within Davenport. The Lions Club of Aberfoyle and Districts (which is my club), the Lions Club of Blackwood, the Rotary Club of Blackwood, the Rotary Club of Coromandel Valley and the Rotary Club of Flagstaff Hill.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:45:04): I rise to speak to the Economic and Finance Committee 87th Report: Emergency Services Levy 2015-16. The increase to the emergency services levy, as outlined in this year's budget, is an absolute disgrace. South Australian households are again being slugged with an ESL increase for the second consecutive year, and the Treasurer is dipping into the South Australian householders and ripping money out of their pockets.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (17:36:42): There has been a lot of debate recently about housing affordability, especially in the Eastern States, and in recent days we have spent a lot of time in this house debating the state budget. One issue not readily addressed in this year's budget is the issue of housing affordability. Housing affordability is not just an issue for the Eastern States but it is also a big issue in South Australia.
In Parliament - Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:45:36): This budget is a failure. It is a failure on infrastructure, it is a failure for business and it is a failure for job seekers. The Labor government has no plan for job creation, debt reduction, there are no new infrastructure projects nor assistance for local exporters and no plan for South Australia's future in this year's budget. We need solutions. Right now South Australia's economy faces some serious challenges. The South Australian economy has been on the decline for the last 10 to 12 years and ongoing struggles are becoming terminal. Our challenges are not new. They have not crept up on us. They have been presenting themselves for some time now.
Media Release - Monday, 22 June 2015
NBN rollout commences in Blackwood and surrounding suburbs
Member for Davenport, Sam Duluk MP has welcomed the recent announcement that the NBN fast broadband network rollout has commenced in these suburbs in Davenport: Bedford Park, Belair, Bellevue Heights, Blackwood, Coromandel Valley, Craigburn Farm, Eden Hills, Glenalta, and Hawthorndene.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:31:00): I rise today to celebrate this week being the 800th anniversary of King John, under duress of the English barons, putting his royal seal on Magna Carta. John is said to be one of the worst kings that England has ever had. He was cruel, disloyal, dishonest and prone to violent rages. His disloyalty to his subjects was the worst trait in my opinion. Those who do not give loyalty cannot ever expect to receive it in return. English monk Matthew Paris in 1235 wrote of King John: 'Foul as it is, hell itself is defiled by the fouler presence of John.'
In Parliament - Thursday, 4 June 2015
Mr WHETSTONE (Chaffey) (11:30:45): I move: That this house—
(a) recognises the benefits of grassroots community sport and recreation to South Australia; and
(b) urges the state government to reverse its decision to reduce funding to the Community Recreation a nd Sport Facilities Program by $3.5 million per annum from 2015-16.
In Parliament - Thursday, 4 June 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:20:01): I rise to speak briefly on the Native Vegetation (Road Verges) Amendment Bill 2015. As the member for Davenport, bushfire prevention is a top priority, not just for my electorate but for the whole of South Australia. It is important to remember that, according to the CFS, more than 35 suburbs on Adelaide's fringes are in bushfire-prone areas, including the majority of suburbs in my electorate, along with over 75 towns in the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island areas.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:43:03): I rise to speak in support of this bill—but, no, I am not the lead speaker on it. This bill seeks to amend the Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009 and other related amendments. The act provides for intervention orders commonly known as DVOs. I would like to preface my remarks on the bill by saying that I believe that domestic violence is a terrible blight on our society and that I live in hope that one day we can eradicate it. 2015 has been a year in which domestic violence has been front and centre of our national agenda.
In Parliament - Thursday, 14 May 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (10:51:40): I rise this morning to briefly speak on the Fire and Emergency Services (Volunteer Charters) Amendment Bill 2015. This bill was introduced by the member for Morphett, a man who is a life member of the CFS and a tireless advocate for the CFS and emergency services more generally. When the member for Morphett speaks about the CFS, this government ought to sit up and listen.
In Parliament - Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:19:07): I also rise to speak to the bill, and thank the deputy leader for her contribution. I will not ever propose to be as detailed as she has been.
The Hon. J.R. Rau: Oh, come on.
Mr DULUK: It is the joys of not being a lawyer. Deputy Speaker, the ultimate objective of the Statutes Amendment (Youth Court) Bill 2015, from the way it has been presented, is unfortunately to save money. As Professor Rick Sarre, from the University of South Australia and Adelaide University Football Club fame, has observed—
In Parliament - Thursday, 7 May 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:51:49): I also rise to support the motion by the member for Reynell, and a very worthy motion it is. This remembrance day is a time when we reflect on the women, children and families who have been killed in the context of domestic violence. The statistics on domestic violence are sobering and, to be honest, they are a blight on our state and our nation. It was not an understatement when our Prime Minister recently referred to domestic violence as a national emergency.
In Parliament - Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:10:30): Thank you, Deputy Speaker, I know I have not been that long in this house. I also rise to speak to the Supply Bill and, of course, the government has come to this house asking to appropriate $3.29 billion from the Consolidated Account for the Public Service of the state for the financial year ending 2016. I know the Liberal Party will of course support this bill but I wish to make a few brief comments about the government's fiscal performance overall.
In Parliament - Thursday, 26 March 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (12:38:35): I also rise to speak to the centenary of ANZAC motion and commend the member for Fisher for moving that motion today. The centenary of ANZAC is a moment for deep reflection in our communities about the meaning of service and sacrifice, not just at Gallipoli. In my own electorate of Davenport, an ANZAC vigil will begin at 6.30pm on Friday 24 April, and services on ANZAC Day will be held at Blackwood, Coromandel Valley and Flagstaff Hill.
Media Release - Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Car Parking in Blackwood
Liberal Member for Davenport, Sam Duluk MP, has called on the City of Mitcham to buy a residential property at the corner of Waite Street and Young Street in Blackwood to create more parking for public transport users and customers of local businesses.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:36:02): I also rise to speak to the condolence motion for the late Malcolm Fraser. I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Malcolm Fraser, Australia's 22nd prime minister, and I express my condolences to Mrs Fraser and the whole Fraser family.
In Parliament - Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (16:55:57): I also rise to speak to the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015. This bill makes a series of miscellaneous and consequential amendments to the rail safety regime in South Australia and further harmonises state law to accord with the national rail safety regime.
In Parliament - Thursday, 19 March 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (15:32:19): 'The Repat Hospital is here to stay; the Repat Hospital will never ever be closed by a Labor Government.' These are the words that former premier Rann uttered in September 2010. How hollow these words are today as we digest the closure of the Repatriation General Hospital under this Labor government's Transforming Health proposal.
In Parliament - Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:09:58): I also rise today to support the motion by the member for Taylor to refer the bill to a joint select committee of the house. On my understanding, the committee is intended to look at a possible prohibition of any resident of South Australia from receiving a human organ that has been unethically obtained. As we know, this is a practice that happens around the world, particularly in South-East Asia, and is of great concern to many of us on that moral dilemma.
In Parliament - Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Mr DULUK (Davenport) (11:14:55): Thank you, Mr Speaker, and thank you to the member for Bright for his kind words and the very colourful ending to his speech. I am proud to speak to this Address in Reply before the house today, as the new member for Davenport. First, I would like to acknowledge the support of my party and the trust placed in me to represent the people of Davenport; equally, I thank the electors for their support and the privilege they have afforded me. It is with an enormous sense of gratitude and responsibility that I take on the new role as their representative in Davenport and in South Australia.