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The Hon. G.G. BROCK (Frome) (15:11): My question is to the Premier. Can the Premier update the house on the 74 new staff for the SA Ambulance Service, which was promised by the government some months ago to help overcome the ramping of ambulances, and whether any of these additional ambulance officers will be allocated to regional South Australia and, in particular, the Upper Spencer Gulf. With your leave, and that of the house, sir, I will elaborate a bit further.

Leave granted.

The Hon. G.G. BROCK: First up, our ambulance staff, as we all appreciate in this house here, particularly in the Upper Spencer Gulf, are doing a great job and dedicated service to their communities. However, it has been reported to me that there are several occasions when staff do not have any breaks during their shifts due to the demands for their service from the public due to the lack of sufficient staff to accommodate the public demand.

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:12): I will seek a response from the Minister for Health in relation to the member’s question and bring it back to the house.