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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more