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Right to Farm Bill
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY: I would like to make a few comments in relation to this bill. It is very late in the evening, and we are actually now in the last day of sitting before the next election. The Hon. Robert Brokenshire introduced this bill, and I spoke on the second reading perhaps 12 months or two years ago, quite some time ago. I think he called for a vote on 18 May 2016, or somewhere around that time.

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Valedictories
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (18:02): I rise on behalf of the opposition, although some of our members are not here, to wish you all well at the end of this year and the end of the four-year term that we have had. I particularly thank the team of the Liberal opposition for their support of each other and the way we have conducted ourselves. I would like to thank all of them for their support of me but also of each other. We work well as a team and various members of the team take responsibilities for various bits of legislation. I would like to thank them and all of our staff behind the scenes who support us all.

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Labor Members of Parliament
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (22:59): I rise to make a few comments on the motion moved by the Hon. Rob Lucas:

That this council notes with concern the actions taken by Labor MPs and statements made by Labor MPs both inside and outside the parliament.

Most people would know me in this place as being pretty easy going, not being offended very often and pretty much letting things roll with the punches and getting on with the business of being a member of parliament. However, one action that I need to make some comment about has been the total denial of the member for Elder for her involvement and her understanding of the 'You can't trust Habib' flyer, and the disgraceful attack by the South Australian branch of the Labor Party on Caroline Habib at the last election in the electorate of Elder. Ms Annabel Digance, the member for Elder, often says, 'Oh, I didn't know anything about it'. Well, she has never said that to me, but she has said it to other people: 'I didn't know anything about it'.

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Select Committee on Statewide Electricity Blackout and Subsequent Power Outages
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (16:03): I move:

That the final report of the select committee be noted.

It is with pleasure that I present the final report of this select committee. Members would know that it was established earlier in the year—I think it was around about the beginning of March this particular calendar year—as a result of the statewide blackout we had on 28 September 2016, which I think everybody thought might have just been a once-in-a-lifetime blackout, and then of course we had subsequent blackouts and power disruptions on 27 and 28 December, and also on 8 February 2017. I think everybody thought, 'Obviously there is something that needs a closer look.'

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Genetically Modified Crops Management Regulations (Postponement of Expiry) Bill
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (21:09): I rise with a degree of pleasure to speak on behalf of the opposition and indicate at the outset that we will be opposing the bill to extend the moratorium on GM crops until 2025, and also the intention of the bill for it to be made a decision of the parliament to overturn that moratorium. I am also aware that the government has filed some amendments to extend that moratorium for 10 years to 2028 and indicate that we will also be opposing that amendment. I indicate at the outset of this debate that, from the opposition's point of view, it is interesting to see that we now have a clear position from the government in relation to their policy on the GM moratorium.

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Select Committee on Compulsory Acquisition of Properties for North-South Corridor Upgrade
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (23:23): I rise to make a few brief comments in relation to the Select Committee on Compulsory Acquisition of Properties on the North-South Corridor Upgrade. It is an interesting topic. We have progress. I think everybody is happy that, after many decades of traffic congestion, we are seeing some significant upgrades on the north-south corridor. But, of course, with progress there are always landowners who feel like the system has worked against them and they have not been fairly compensated or fairly dealt with. We had a number of witnesses who felt that they had been harshly done by and one particular family that I recall who had a large, four-bedroom house on quite a large block on South Road. They believed they were entitled to a similar property in the same suburb. Of course, it is very hard.

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Budget Measures Bill
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (12:38): I rise to make some remarks around the Budget Measures Bill, with a particular focus on the element of the bank tax. As members would be aware, the Hon. Rob Lucas, who is our lead speaker and shadow treasurer, has put on the record that the Liberal Party in this chamber is not supporting the bank tax and that we have the view that the rest of the community, or a large percentage of the South Australian community, does not support it either. We will take that part out of the Budget Measures Bill, or recommend to the Treasurer that there be a change.

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Appropriation Bill 2017
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (12:30): I rise to speak to the Appropriation Bill 2017. I will start my remarks with a quote from Raymond Spencer, the chair of the Economic Development Board. I put on the record that I know Raymond quite well; our sons are together at school and I have had a quite extensive interaction with Raymond over the years. I think it is important to look at a speech he made about three and half years ago. He said:

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Planning, Development and Infrastructure (State Planning Commission) Amendment Bill
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (20:13): Obtained leave and introduced a bill for an act to amend the Planning and Development Act 2016. Read a first time.

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Asia Pacific Whiskies and Spirits Conference
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (15:24): I rise today to speak to a matter of importance, that being the South Australian whisky industry. Last week, as some people may have been aware, and others maybe not, Adelaide hosted the first ever Asia Pacific Whiskies and Spirits Conference. It was a four-day event with the Icons of Whisky awards on the Thursday night; the actual conference on Thursday and Friday; and then the event known as Whisky Live on Friday night and Saturday.

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