Catholic Church's commitment to National Redress Scheme welcomed

The State Government has welcomed confirmation the Catholic Church’s dioceses of Adelaide and Port Pirie are now formally participating in the National Redress Scheme.

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Strengthening the Government's response to bullying

An expert roundtable has warned further criminalising bullying behaviour in schools would not address the issue and has instead urged the Government to examine other mechanisms.

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Community legal services return to the Riverland

Full-time, face-to-face legal services in the Riverland have returned with the opening of the new Riverland Community Justice Centre in Kay Avenue.

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Labor double down on letting criminals vote

Peter Malinauskas and the Labor Party have doubled down on letting convicted sex offenders, such as Vivian Deboo, being able to vote at the next State Election.

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South Australian Employment Tribunal (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I thank speakers who have made a contribution to this debate, in particular the opposition representative for their indication of support for the passage of the bill. There are a couple of things I would like to place on the record. Firstly, the Law Society of South Australia, in particular its president, Mr Tim Mellor, provided some significant advice about this matter. I place it on the record because, although we are not following it, it is a body of work that will need to be done.

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Independent Education Inquiry

Ministerial Statement

In November 2012, the former state government asked former Supreme Court justice the Hon. Bruce Debelle AO QC to conduct an independent inquiry into the handling of the response to the indecent assault of a child by an out-of-school-hours care staff member at a western suburbs school. The inquiry was subsequently converted into a royal commission.

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South Australian Employment Tribunal (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I was saying that the Law Society had identified an alternative way to remedy the defect that would prevail if we have interjurisdictional matters, and that was essentially to have a wholesale rewrite of the act. That is something we are looking at because of the matters I had raised prior to the luncheon adjournment. In any event, may I place on the record the government's appreciation of the dedicated service of Mr Tim Mellor during this year, for his presidency of the Law Society and the advice that he has provided to the government as president, particularly to the advancement of legislation, reform and matters that are significant to the legal profession in its operation. We value that advice.

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Labor weak on prisoner voting laws

Convicted sex offenders, such as Vivian Deboo, who was yesterday sentenced to six years, seven months and six days by the District Court, would be allowed to vote while in gaol at the next State election under a proposal from the Labor Opposition.

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Road Traffic (Evidentiary Provisions) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the amending bill to the Road Traffic Act 1961 to deal with the Lidar traffic speed analysers. I do not think I have actually ever seen one of these, but I understand that we have 190 of them in South Australia and that they are used to aid and support the detection and ultimate prosecution of speeding users of the road. That is not to say that I am not without some fault in this area. I am probably South Australia's worst driver, so I will not be talking about driving records.

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South Australian Employment Tribunal (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The legislative amendments contained in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2018 relate to the exercise of the jurisdiction of the South Australian Employment Tribunal to hear federal diversity jurisdiction matters. The bill addresses the constitutional issue raised in the recent High Court decision of Burns v Corbett [2018] HCA 15. That decision applies to prevent bodies that are not courts of the state from exercising federal judicial power in relation to federal diversity matters, namely, those in which the commonwealth, or a person suing or being sued on behalf of the commonwealth, is a party, or between states, between residents of different states or between a state and a resident of another state.

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