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Medical Cannabis Epilepsy Pilot Update

2 February 2021

Mr DULUK: Thank you, sir. My question is to the Premier. Can the Premier please update the house on the progress of the government's pilot to trial the use of medical cannabis to treat children with epilepsy, and what is the expected time frame for the rollout of that pilot? Sir, with your leave and that of the house, I will further explain.

 

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Waite Gatehouse Grieve

4 February 2021

Mr DULUK ( Waite ) ( 15:35 ): This afternoon, I rise to talk about the Waite gatehouse (believe it or not), built in 1890 and heritage listed in 1982, about the same time as the historic Edinburgh Hotel, also in Mitcham. It is a 130-year-old state heritage listed building. It is located at the corner of Cross Road and Fullarton Road. For those who do not know, there were about a thousand people there last Sunday on that corner protesting its slated demise, but hopefully not. It is under threat due to the planned intersection upgrade.

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Automated Vehicle Location Firetruck GPS Tracking Rollout

4 February 2021

Mr DULUK (Waite) (14:52): My question is to the Minister for Emergency Services. Can the minister please update the house on the rollout of the automatic vehicle location tracking systems to support our emergency services volunteers when they are fighting bushfires in our communities? Sir, with your leave and that of the house, I will further explain.

  [Leave granted.]

Mr DULUK: In July last year, the independent review into the South Australian 2019-20 bushfire season was handed down to the parliament. There was a $20 million investment as part of that review, and one recommendation concerned the importance of automatic vehicle location tracking systems. In conversations with my CFS group and brigades in my community over the weekend including Upper Sturt in your brigade, sir we are still waiting for that rollout with our community. We would appreciate an update from the minister as to when that will happen.

 

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Bushfire Arson Amendments - Second Reading Speech

Please see my amendment here

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Jail firebugs for life: MP - Advertiser

ARSONISTS found guilty of deliberately lighting bushfires would face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, under a push for tougher penalties to deter firebugs.

Waite independent MP Sam Duluk will introduce legislation into State Parliament next week to increase the maximum penalty for starting a bushfire from 20 years in jail to a life sentence. The announcement came as the CFS released footage of the Cherry Gardens bushfire from the day it erupted.

Authorities are continuing to investigate if the devastating blaze was deliberately lit. "We need to bring the penalties for intentionally causing a bushfire in line with general arson, which already carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment," Mr Duluk said yesterday.

Mr Duluk, whose electorate borders Cherry Gardens, also plans to introduce amendments that will make it mandatory for anyone found guilty of lighting a bushfire to pay compensation for any injury, loss or damage caused by the blaze. "The physical and emotional cost associated with bushfires are an immense burden for both the local communities and the State Government," he said. "We need the law to reflect this and ensure firebugs who put life and property at risk are responsible for the full consequences of their actions."

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TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR BUSHFIRE ARSONISTS

Sam Duluk MP, Member for Waite believes we need stronger deterrents for firebugs by proposing to change the maximum penalty for deliberately lighting a bushfire from 20 years to life imprisonment.  

It is disappointing to hear that arsonists were responsible for igniting recent bushfires in our communityThe Cherry Gardens fire burnt through 2700 hectares of land, two houses, farm properties and buildings, not to mention countless native animals. 

We need to bring the penalties for intentionally causing a bushfire in line with general arson, which already carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment”, said Mr Duluk. 

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Waite Electorate Office Opening Dates

The Waite Electorate Office is open again after the holiday break.

As your local Member of Parliament, I'm here to serve you and am pleased to:
· Offer you an opportunity to be heard
· Represent local community concerns
· Help you with matters involving Government departments
· Answer queries about local, State and Federal issues
· Provide a Justice of the Peace service
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Final Parliament Speech for 2020

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Proposed Demolition of the Waite Gatehouse Media Release

Please see my initial media statement when first hearing about the proposed demolition of the Waite Gatehouse and a following media release from Monday post the community rally. 

If you haven't signed the petition, I would encourage you to do so by visiting my office or online here

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Coroner's Office Resources and Capabilities

2 December 2020

Mr DULUK (Waite) (15:16): My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, what measures are you undertaking to ensure that the Coroner's office is appropriately resourced to reduce the backlog on the issuance of Forensic Science South Australia post-mortem reports? With your leave and that of the house, sir, I will further explain.

Mr DULUK: Recently, a constituent contacted my office and expressed her concern and distress at waiting more than 17 months to receive a final death certificate for her late husband.

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