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ANZAC Day

Mr DULUK (Waite) (15:40): I rise today to talk about ANZAC Day and honouring the memory of the men and women who gave their life for this country. Last week, on 25 April, we commemorated ANZAC Day, and it is indeed a day of commemoration and not a day of celebration.

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Negative Gearing

Mr DULUK (Waite) (11:30): I move:

That this house opposes Bill Shorten and Labor's plans to abolish negative gearing and increase capital gains tax by 50 per cent, which would damage Australia's housing market and destroy equity in people's homes.

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Waite Electorate Road Upgrades

Mr DULUK (Waite) (15:30): I rise today to talk about an issue that has plagued my constituents for many years, and that is the lack of road investment in my wonderful electorate. Under the past 16 years of Labor government, my people were ignored and our roads were not upgraded.

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Liqour Licencing

Mr DULUK (Waite) (16:40): I also rise to say a few words on the Statutes Amendment (Liquor Licensing ) Bill 2019 and to thank the Attorney and the office of the CBS for their work in tidying up some anomalies out of the Anderson review several years ago.

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PRESS RELEASE: New Koala Crossing for Blythewood Road

The Marshall Government will install a push button crossing for pedestrians on Blythewood Road, Mitcham, near Scotch College, following calls from the community for the safety upgrade.

The operating times of the existing koala crossing were initially extended to enhance safety outside of school hours, but after further review, the determination has been made that the construction of a push button pedestrian crossing is necessary.

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Repatriation General Hospital

Mr DULUK (Waite) (15:34): Today, I rise to spread the good news about the reactivation of the Repat, which was launched this morning. Sir, you would remember, as so many on this side of the house do, when the Repat closed under the Labor government back in 2017. It was a disgraceful day in the history of public health in South Australia. The Labor Party still closed the Repat even though veterans slept on the steps of parliament for 161 nights. To protest the closing of the Repat, 120,000 signatures were presented to this parliament, but the Labor government, through trashing our state health system, still closed the Repat. That was despite former premier Mike Rann saying that the Labor Party would never, ever close the Repat.

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South Australian Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme

Mr DULUK (Waite) (12:36): I also rise to say a few words on the Premier's motion before the house in relation to the report by the Independent Assessor, the Hon. John Hill, in terms of the South Australian Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme. I am glad, as I think are all sides of the house, that this has now become a bipartisan issue.

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Australia Day 2019

Mr DULUK (Waite) (15:34): I would like to talk about Australia Day. I rise to talk about the contribution of those residents in my electorate who made Australia Day such a wonderful celebration. This year, I had the honour to celebrate Australia Day at the beautiful grounds of Carrick Hill. Guests enjoyed a Welcome to Country by chairman of the Blackwood Reconciliation Group, Mr Allen Edwards. There was live music by local South Australian talent Camryn Jordans and also the wonderful sounds of the Mitcham City Brass band. As always, the Rotary clubs of Brownhill Creek and Mitcham prepared a wonderful breakfast.

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St John Ambulance Anniversary

Mr DULUK (Waite) (12:18): I move:
That this house—
(a) recognises the 135th anniversary of the establishment in Australia of St John Ambulance;

(b) acknowledges the significant contribution that St John Ambulance has made and continues to make
in support of the health and safety of every South Australian through the delivery of life-saving first
aid services;

(c) acknowledges the invaluable contribution of St John Ambulance's highly skilled and qualified
volunteers who dedicate their time to delivering emergency first aid and community care services;

(d) acknowledges the important role St John Ambulance plays in strengthening emergency
preparedness, response and recovery across the state, including through its ongoing support of the
State Emergency Management Plan; and

(e) acknowledges the crucial first aid training St John Ambulance delivers, including through its First
Aid in Schools program.

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Migration Policy

Mr DULUK (Waite) (15:31): I rise to talk about a topic I have an interest in, that is, migration and where South Australia is going with its population policy over the coming years and what we can do in the future, which is very important. Right now, South Australia has a population of about 1.7 million people and we account for about 7.14 per cent of the Australian population. Over the past few years, unfortunately, South Australia's population increase has slowed whilst that of the rest of the nation, particularly on the eastern seaboard, has taken off. There is something we can do, in my view, to look at this issue, and one thing is obviously natural increase.

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