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Malinauskas, next Member for Croydon
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) ( 15:32 ): I rise today to speak about the Hon. Mr Peter Malinauskas, who must wake up every day and count his lucky stars. This man has never had to work hard in life to get where he is. On 1 December 2015, the member was gifted a seat in this place by the faceless men who control the Labor Party. It must be nice to be spoonfed and not have to break into a sweat, to go from the cushy job of secretary to the SDA to be handed a seat in parliament on a silver platter. He said at one stage that a seat in parliament had never been further from his mind. 

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Labor's Dodgy Clipsal Contract
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) ( 15:22 ): Yesterday, I very happily gave some students from St Therese School a tour of Parliament House. One of the first things I teach students on these tours is that parliament is modelled on the Westminster system. One of the core principles of this system is ministerial accountability. Perhaps the ministers of this Labor government need to come on a tour of Parliament House with me to learn about their ministerial accountability. It is an absolute disgrace that no minister has come forward to comment on the government's dodgy Clipsal contract. 

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Tourism
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) ( 15:53 ): My colleagues in the other place have often had to suffer through the four-minute burst of shallow political spin when the Minister for Tourism rises to answer a Dorothy Dixer or deliver a ministerial statement. The Minister for Tourism certainly likes to selectively quote tourism statistics when they are favourable and question their veracity when they are not. 

The Hon. R.L. Brokenshire: Is that the one who flies all over the world? 

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Dairy Industry
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) ( 15:35 ): Getting the South Australian Labor government to spend money in our regions and on our primary industries sectors is almost as difficult as drawing blood from a stone. It is all politics with this tired, old South Australian Labor Party. While the Labor Party does not believe there are any votes for it in our regions, I am afraid these regions will continue to get the raw end of the deal.

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Regional South Australia
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) ( 15:53 ): I rise today to speak about the importance of South Australia's regions and the utter neglect and disdain with which they are treated by the current Labor government. It is hard for South Australia's regions to gain assistance from this government when the Minister for Regional Development is the member for Frome in the other place. I hold great fears for our regions while he is the regional advocate around the cabinet table.

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INVITING THE WORLD TO WALK THROUGH OUR DOOR
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) ( 14:18 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Employment a question about somebody he considers as one of his very best friends, the Minister for Investment and Trade, and his latest publication, South Australia. Inviting the World to Walk Through our Door.

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FARM DEBT MEDIATION BILL
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY(Leader of the Opposition)(16:18:18): Obtained leave and introduced a bill for an act to provide for the mediation of disputes between farmers and creditors relating to debt incurred in the conduct of farming operations; and for other purposes. Read a first time.

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Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Leader of the Opposition) ( 11:06 :55 ): I rise on behalf of the opposition to speak to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015. As members would know, this was to be the last sitting week of parliament. The bill came from the House of Assembly only on Thursday of the last sitting week and, as a gesture of goodwill, when the Leader of the Government, the Hon. Gail Gago, asked us to sit at 11am today to see whether we could complete the bill, we said there would be no possibility of completing the debate on the bill. 

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Matter of Interest: State Economy
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY(Leader of the Opposition)(15:41:00): I rise today to speak on a matter of interest, the matter being the state of South Australia's economy and the need for decisive and, most importantly, effective action. South Australia has a long and proud history of providing economic opportunities for those who are prepared to roll up their sleeves and have a go. Since the state was founded, our productive soils and strong entrepreneurial spirit, along with a range of other endowments, have enabled South Australians to enjoy a wealth of opportunities.

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Whyalla Steel Works (Environmental Authorisation) Amendment Bill
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The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY(Leader of the Opposition)(15:24:21): I rise to be one of a number of speakers, I think, by looking at the Notice Paper, to speak on this bill. On behalf of the opposition, I indicate that we will be supporting the bill, but I know two of my colleagues have some other contributions to make. Essentially, this bill is about maintaining Arrium's confidence in the state's regulatory regime as it faces many challenges to its Whyalla operations in the coming years.

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