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State Budget 2021/22 Speech

Mr DULUK (Waite) (17:55): I also rise today to support the passage of this budget through the house. I actually think overall it is a pretty good budget and there are some fantastic announcements in this package. Before I go on, though, I would like to thank the Treasurer, the Hon. Rob Lucas in the other place, for his service to the parliament and indeed to the people of South Australia over many years. I put on the record that he has been a member of parliament longer than I have been alive. For many years, he has been a good servant, and I think this budget is a fine document for his last public document.

After reviewing the budget papers, it is good to see, as other members have mentioned, improvements to our health system, a plan to fix our roads and moves to address freight issues. Very important to my community is the restoration of our natural environment, funding for schools and community groups and reducing the cost of living for families and business.

Indeed, we are a small business state. In all our budgets and everything we do, we should look after those who are here, day in day out, providing jobs for so many South Australians, and that is the small business community of South Australia. Everything that we can do in all our endeavours in this place and as a government to support small business, to allow them to be open, to be free, to flourish, is so important.

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Expanding the Sports Voucher Scheme

Mr DULUK (Waite) (14:43): A supplementary to the Minister in regard to Sports Vouchers: with the extension of this Sports Vouchers Scheme to Year 8 and 9 students, did the Minister contemplate extending that to Scouts and Girl Guides participants? If not, why not?

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Upcoming Land Care Working Bees

If you are interested in helping any of the below groups, please dress in appropriate old clothes and bring garden gloves: 

Friends of Brownhill Creek 

  • All welcome on the last Saturday morning of every month, please meet at the carpark across the bridge after the caravan park
  • For more information, please contact Ron Bellchambers - 0427 718 106

 

Friends of Sturt Gorge

 

Friends of the Waite Conservation Reserve

 

Blackwood Action Group

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Media Release - Funding for the Belair Train Line

The Belair Train Line is an important rail route that connects several communities such as Blackwood, Mitcham and Unley with the CBD. 

Local member, Sam Duluk MP is lobbying the State Government to allocate more funds to improve several train stations along this route.  

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Media Release - SES Volunteer capacities reduced due to COVID19

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers are being paid to assist with COVID-19 operational roles which has resulted in less front-line volunteers being available to assist in daily callouts.  

Highly trained SES volunteers have been lured into helping to enforce COVID-19 measures at the airport and medi-hotels 

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World Environment Day Speech in Parliament

Mr DULUK (Waite) (15:58): Today, I would like to speak about World Environment Day. My community needs no excuse to share the hard work and commitment of green-thumbed residents and volunteers who work week in and week out in our fantastic gardens, national parks and reserves to compassionately help to conserve and enrich our natural environment.

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Leitech Australia visit with Minister

Mr DULUK (Waite) (15:17): My question is to the Minister for Trade and Investment. Can the minister explain to the house how the government is working with local companies such as Leitech Australia that provide innovative energy technology solutions that help to reduce carbon emissions, grow their businesses, and create jobs?

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Station Refresh Program

Mr DULUK (Waite) (14:40): A supplementary. Minister, as part of this program Refresh, can you commit to upgrading the Belair station, which was built in I think 1883, Mitcham, and a park‑and-ride at Torrens Park as part of this railway investment?

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Representing the needs of Sturt SES Volunteers

Mr DULUK (Waite ) (15:22): My question is to the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services. Can the Minister please update the House on how the State Government is supporting the SES across South Australia who have seen a reduction in their active volunteer hours due to COVID-19 responsibilities? Sir, with your leave and that of the house, I will further explain.

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Voluntary Assisted Dying

Like everyone else in this house, I will be making a contribution. We cannot be reminded enough of the importance of the decision that we are going to make over the course of this debate today and in the next fortnight. This is an emotional issue and so many of us have experienced the illness, suffering and death of a loved one. All of us, I think, have been in that position. In my own family, we have been no different.

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