Mr DULUK (Waite) (17:19): It gives me great pleasure to make a small contribution on this, the first Liberal budget in quite a long time. I have to say that I am glad Rob Lucas from the other place is our Treasurer, a man who is sensible, calm and collected and who provides a contrast to the shrill noise of those opposite.Read more
Mr DULUK (Waite) (16:05): I rise today to talk about the very important subject of education and about STEM in our school system. We all know what STEM is. Today, the member for Florey talked about LAMP as well. They are two acronyms that are very important to the education of our future generations. STEM is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Rather than teach four disciplines as separate subjects, there is an increased focus on integrating them into a cohesive learning program.Read more
Mr DULUK (Waite) (11:30): I move:
That this house—
(a) recognises that 10 September 2018 is World Suicide Prevention Day and 13 September 2018 is R U OK? Day;
(b) recognises the importance of both these days in raising awareness and understanding about suicide and its prevention among the community; and
(c) acknowledges all the workplaces, community groups and schools organising R U OK? Day events to encourage conversations among their peers.
Mr DULUK (Waite) (10:56): I rise to commend the member for Mount Gambier's motion in its amended form and wholeheartedly thank the member for Mount Gambier for bringing it to the house. As the member raised in his contribution, it is an issue that is very important to me, to my constituents and to many South Australians, and he understands, as I do, the importance of supporting those in our community, some 61,000 South Australians, who live with this condition.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.
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.Read more