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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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Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Serious or Systemic Misconduct or Maladministration) Amendment Bill
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (16:47): I rise to speak to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Serious or Systemic Misconduct or Maladministration) Amendment Bill. I indicate also that my colleague the Hon. Andrew McLachlan will also be making some comments on behalf of the opposition, so there will be two speakers from the opposition. This bill mirrors a previous bill introduced in the other place by my colleague, the member for Bragg. The bill was defeated by the Labor government and a number of so-called Independents earlier this year, but I will touch on that more shortly.

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Supply Bill 2017
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (11:04): I rise to support the Supply Bill, as the opposition always does in this place.

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Horticulture Industry
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (15:27): I rise today to speak about the importance of South Australia's horticultural industry. At the moment, South Australia is currently hosting Australia's biggest ever horticultural conference. It is called Hort Connections 2017. It is just down the road that 2,400 international, interstate and local delegates are converging on Adelaide to attend this conference.

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Emergency Management (electricity Supply Emergencies) Amendment Bill
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (20:54): I rise to make some brief, but not too brief, comments about the government's Electricity Management (Electricity Supply Emergencies) Amendment Bill. As my colleague the Hon. Rob Lucas has put on the record, the opposition will be supporting this bill.

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Industrial Hemp Bill
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (16:53): I indicate on behalf of the opposition that we will also be supporting the bill and the government's amendments. It is pleasing to see that the amendments have been taken from the work that we did here.

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Farm Debt Mediation
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (16:03): I move:

That this council—

1. Condemns the state government for voting against the Farm Debt Mediation Bill 2015; and

2. Recognises that, in doing so, the state government has denied South Australian farmers the same protections enjoyed by primary producers in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

This motion I am moving condemns the state government for refusing to support the Farm Debt Mediation Bill that was here last year and denying South Australian farmers the same protections as afforded to all farmers in the Eastern States.

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Road Traffic (roadwords) amendment bill
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (11:34): I rise on behalf of the opposition to speak to the Road Traffic (Roadworks) Amendment Bill. I indicate that the opposition supports this bill.

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Financial Technology
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (15:53): I rise today to make some comments around the FinTech industry and in particular Blockchain. Blockchain technology may not be something that many members of parliament are overly familiar with or have even heard about. This is an area that I have taken a keen interest in and it is something that I am excited about. It is something which I believe will play a significant role in South Australia's future, across a range of sectors.

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Gene Technology (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) (11:03): I rise to speak on behalf of the opposition to the Gene Technology (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016, and I thank the government for bringing this forward. Just quickly, it is our standard procedure now to sit at 11am on Wednesdays which causes some problems for members of the opposition who serve on the Legislative Review Committee. I am speaking on this bill now just to allow the Hon. Andrew McLachlan—honourable and gallant Andrew McLachlan—a chance to catch his thoughts before we deal with a number of bills he is dealing with.

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