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Health Care (Governance) Amendment Bill

Mr DULUK (Waite) (16:38): I also rise to make a contribution to the Health Care (Governance) Amendment Bill. With the introduction of the bill in this house, I suppose the government is taking another step to do our bit to improve the state health system that we inherited after 16 years of Labor. It is going to take a long time because the mess and the morale within public hospitals are so horrific because of the decisions of the former Labor government. In my own community, wonderful staff who used to work at the Repat are suffering from low morale, as the former government shunted staff all across SALHN.

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Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill 2018

Mr DULUK (Waite) (16:24): Thank you for your great management, sir. It gives me a lot of pleasure to also make a few remarks about the Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill 2018, and I am proud to say that those on this side of the house do support this legislation and we do know what our position is.

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Mental Health Serivces

Mr DULUK (Waite) (15:26): Mr Speaker, I know that you know that words matter. What we say and how we say it can have a significant impact—that is the message that journalists and MPs have heard this week. Last night, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to represent the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade from the other house, at the Walking through a Mindfield forum for media professionals. It was one of two events led this week by the SA Mental Health Commission to raise awareness of the importance of language in relation to mental illness and suicide.

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Emergency Services Levy 2018-19

Mr DULUK (Waite) (11:01): I move:
That the first report of the committee, entitled Emergency Services Levy 2018-19, be noted.
The Economic and Finance Committee has an annual statutory duty to inquire into, consider and report on the Treasurer's determination in relation to the emergency services levy. The committee has 21 days in which to report on the written determinations after it is referred to the committee.

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Generations In Jazz

Mr DULUK (Waite) (12:54): I also rise to speak briefly on this motion. I commend the member for Mount Gambier for putting this on the Notice Paper and recognise that it is more than just a great event; it is actually a great South Australian event. In particular, as the member for Heysen highlighted in his contribution, it is important to note paragraph (d) in terms of giving this event major event status. I know there are Victorians across the border, and the last thing we need is those nasty Victorians stealing our very good event.

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Infrastructure SA Bill

Mr DULUK (Waite) (11:36):

I also rise to make a contribution on the Infrastructure SA Bill 2018. It rolls on from a long list of new initiatives that this government is bringing in. We have now tipped over the first 100 days of government; nevertheless, our desire is to continue to reform, to bring sensible legislation to the house and to change the trajectory of government policy that has come in off the back of 16 years of failed Labor policy in so many areas. Today, with the debate on the Infrastructure SA Bill, this Marshall Liberal government is once again showing the right leadership in essentially bringing South Australia to where the rest of the nation is.

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Payroll Tax

Mr DULUK (Waite) (17:47): I also rise to make a contribution ahead of the dinner break to this very important piece of legislation, the Payroll Tax (Exemption for Small Business) Amendment Bill 2018. I thought I might go through the main points of the bill first. It is a very important bill. It sets out our long-term agenda to reform business taxation in South Australia, which is so important and will always be the mantra of a Liberal government.

I have been a member of the Liberal Party for quite a few years. At almost every meeting I have ever been involved with or any policy discussion I have participated in, whether it be at a branch level, in the community or talking to small business, there is a desire for small business operators in South Australia not to be burdened by payroll tax. It does not matter which business it is.

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Farm Debt Mediation Bill

Mr DULUK (Waite) (12:43):

I also rise to speak in support of this really important piece of legislation to ensure that farmers can have low-cost, high-impact results regarding credit and debt mediation. Currently, South Australian farmers do not have a mandatory farm debt mediation process. This means a farming operation can be forcibly foreclosed without any form of negotiation.

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ME/CFS

Mr DULUK (Waite) (15:14):

 I rise today to speak about the debilitating neuro-immune illness ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis), sometimes known as chronic fatigue syndrome, and to raise awareness of ME/CFS in this parliament. I welcome members of ME/CFS Australia (SA) who are in the gallery today. You are very welcome in this parliament. ME/CFS Awareness Week occurred between 11 and 17 May this year, and on 24 May I had the pleasure of joining volunteers at Mitcham shopping centre, who were collecting for their badge day appeal, together with year 9 students from Concordia College.

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Shipbuilding

Mr DULUK (Waite) (12:11):

I congratulate the member for King again on being positive and thinking about South Australia's future. I love when the Leader of the Opposition comes in here and obviously has to show. He could not even get half of his shadow cabinet to come and listen to his contribution.

Martin Hamilton-Smith, the member for Waite, when he was part of the Labor government, claimed it was because of him that we have submarines in South Australia. He had never actually once met with defence minister Pyne or Payne. He had no seat at the table, and the Labor Party when they were in government had no credibility at this table.

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