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Independent MP for Morphett, Dr Duncan McFetridge signed the South Australian Independent Retailers pledge to not deregulate shop trading hours on Friday morning at one his five local IGA supermarkets.

Dr McFetridge said the Morphett electorate consists of a wide range of businesses - retail, restaurants, cafés and hotels, car-yards, supermarkets and shopping centres (small and large). Deregulating shopping hours sounds good on the surface but the reality is we are not Melbourne or Sydney; our market is a lot different. South Australian independent supermarkets have warned against any move to deregulate shopping hours, as they believe this would hand more market power to Coles and Woolworths with increased costs.

Dr McFetridge said the SA Independent Retailers, which represents local IGA and Foodland supermarkets, echoed the sentiments, warning the policy would shift the balance in favour of the big two supermarket chains.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

Morphett Road Overpass

Member for Morphett, Dr Duncan McFetridge, is calling on both major parties to commit to funding a tram overpass at Morphett Road. The recent announcement by the Labor Party of level crossing upgrades did not include an overpass at Morphett Road.

“The estimated cost of $180 million is less than some proposed by Labor and must be put on the list of upgrades,” said Dr McFetridge.

“Thousands of cars use Morphett Road and in heavy peak times it resembles more of a car park than a major road.

“If we cost the time motorists spend waiting for the trams and the traffic lights at the nearby Anzac Highway intersection, then the overpass would easily stack up.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

More Police on the Beat 24/7

When the State Government reduced the opening hours of nine police stations across the metropolitan area, Dr Duncan McFetridge, State Member for Morphett, lobbied for the Glenelg Police Station to maintain a strong presence in the local community.


“If local police stations were open 24/7 and more officers were on the streets, the community would feel reassured that assistance was at hand, if required,” said Dr McFetridge.


“I would like to introduce the London model of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to Glenelg. The uniformed PCSOs would work as part of a neighbourhood policing team, having a visible presence on our streets, either on foot or by bicycle. PSCOs could assist in solving

local problems and help reduce crime and anti-social behavior in South Australia’s key tourist area. 

The Fred Hollows Foundation is calling for nominations for the annual Fred Hollows Humanity Award, which recognises Year Six students who demonstrate compassion, integrity and kindness towards others.

Parents, teachers, principals and members of communities around the country can nominate a child who is making a difference at before September 10.

Since 2012, the Fred Hollows Humanity Award has recognised more than 750 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by making a positive difference in the lives of others. This year the award has expanded nationwide.

Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Call to Cancel Commuter Chaos

The Independent Member for Morphett, Duncan McFetridge, is calling on the Department of Transport to stop the peak hour bus lane trial on Anzac Highway due to increased traffic gridlock.

“The State Government started a six month trial of set back bus lanes between South Road and Greenhill Road as an attempt to move traffic more quickly in the morning peak hour.  Unfortunately the trial has produced more chaos than calmness”, said Dr McFetridge.

“I have been getting a lot of complaints since the trial started about the increased traffic gridlock and driver frustration".

pen signingThousands of people have signed electronic petitions generated on the internet and social media, expressing their democratic voice, not realising that their signatures are not formally recognised by Australia’s Parliamentary system.

Dr Duncan McFetridge MP, Member for Morphett, today announced he is driving a campaign to have the parliamentary system changed to allow electronic petitions to be accepted by the South Australian Parliament.

Key findings of the Auditor General’s Report into the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion – Concession: June 2016 found that up to 28% of eligible concession clients were not processed and millions of dollars have been misspent because of DCSI departmental bungling.

Duncan McFetridge MP Shadow Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion

24 May 2016

Communities and Social Inclusion Shadow Minister, Dr Duncan McFetridge MP, today called for an inquiry into and a report on the sexualisation of children and young people.

“Parents and families have disturbingly reported to me a number of incidents which has driven me to call for a Parliamentary Inquiry into this important issue, “said Dr McFetridge.

State Member for Morphett, Dr Duncan McFetridge MP, has called on the State and Federal Governments to locate one of the decommissioned naval vessels, either HMAS Tobruk or Sydney, offshore in Holdfast Bay as a dive wreck.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 10:01

A Summer of Hot Dogs

Member for Morphett and veterinarian of over 20 years Dr Duncan McFetridge urges dog owners to take proper care of their pets with temperatures expected to exceed forty degrees for the remainder of the week.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00

Shark Fear Factor Ruining Our Local Tourism

With three shark sightings this week along local beaches, local Member for Morphett, Dr Duncan McFetridge MP, is renewing his call for enclosed swimming enclosures.

“This week alone, there have been three shark sightings at Somerton Park, Glenelg and West Beach,” said Dr McFetridge.

Ratepayers will no doubt be the ones to pay for the savage increases in the Emergency Service Levy (ESL) which has been sent to Councils by Revenue SA, Member for Morphett Dr Duncan McFetridge said.

“The decision of the State Government to increase ESL costs is having far reaching impacts on South Australian households, businesses, community and volunteer groups,” he said.

“Not only are South Australians being hit directly through significant ESL increases on their homes and motor vehicles but through ESL costs indirectly passed on through school fees, sporting club subscriptions and council rates.”

The City of Holdfast Bay levy this year has been billed at $90,813.45, an increase of $48,518.70 from last year’s levy of $42,294.75, Dr McFetridge said.

Friday, 14 November 2014 16:39

Holdfast Bay pays ESL with 115% increase

Ratepayers will no doubt be the ones to pay for the savage 115 per cent increase in ESL which has been sent to the City of Holdfast Bay by Revenue SA, Member for Morphett Dr Duncan McFetridge said.

“The levy this year has been billed at $90,813.45, an increase of $48,518.70 from last year’s levy of $42,294.75,” Dr McFetridge said.

“This is a double blow for household budgets, as families have to pay their own ESLs as well as bear the bill cost to their local council.

Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

CFS cancer compensation win for volunteers

The Labor Government’s announcement today that all active CFS volunteers will get the same presumptive cover as MFS firefighters and, then, for ten years after they leave the CFS, is a victory for commonsense and decency.

“CFS volunteers risk their lives to protect communities across South Australia and it was always grossly unfair to deny them equal access to cancer compensation,” said Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Duncan McFetridge.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:37

Unmet need continues to grow under Labor

Just half of South Australians in need of supported accommodation were receiving the attention they require, according to a report released by the Office of the Public Advocate.

“Only 45 to 50 per cent of the population in need of attention were taken care of, while the rest were being neglected,” said Shadow Minister for Social Housing Dr Duncan McFetridge.

Monday, 23 September 2013 12:53

Holdfast Bay Recycling

The “Holdfast Bay Public Recycling Pilot” project has been granted over $6,800 through the “Keep Australia Beautiful Beverage Container Recycling Grant” to locate recycling bins in the community.

The project involves the installation of public recycling bins at two sites within the Holdfast Bay Council area.

Three recycling bins will be installed; one at Moseley Square, Glenelg, and two along Jetty Road, Brighton.

Dr Duncan McFetridge, Member for Morphett, has been fighting on behalf of residents and motorists for more than ten years to have a grade separation at Oaklands Crossing.

Daily congestion has worsened due to increased traffic from the State Aquatic Centre, the neighbouring GP Plus Clinic and stalling tactics by Labor to build an overpass at this nightmare intersection.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:00

Less resources, more crime

As the Weatherill Labor Government cuts almost $100 million from the police budget, serious gun crime continues to plague South Australian streets.

This month alone, there have been nine reported incidents of shootings, five of these in the past seven days.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 00:00

Volunteers make SA better

Volunteers in South Australia are vital in improving our community and all those who offer their time need to be congratulated.

“We should take the opportunity during National Volunteer Week to thank all the volunteers for their much needed support and services to many community organisations,” Shadow Minister for Volunteers Dr Duncan McFetridge said.

One of Adelaide’s well-known international tourist events is now the latest casualty of the State Government’s cuts to police resources.

“Police have notified participants that this year they do not have the resources to control one-way traffic on the traditional Bay to Birdwood route between Tea Tree Gully and Birdwood,” Shadow Police and Road Safety Minister Duncan McFetridge said.

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