STATUTES AMENDMENT (SPIT HOOD PROHIBITION) BILL

I rise to speak on this bill, as introduced by the Hon. Connie Bonaros MLC in the other place. In 2019, Ms Bonaros introduced a similar bill. That bill amended the same piece of legislation as this new bill; however, it only prohibited the use of spit hoods on persons under 18 years. This bill inserts a prohibition on the use of spit hoods into five pieces of legislation: the Correctional Services Act 1982, the Mental Health Act 2009, the Sherriff's Act 1978, the Summary Offences Act 1953 and the Youth Justice Administration Act 2016.

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SENTENCING (HATE CRIMES) AMENDMENT BILL

I indicate that this bill amends section 11 of the Sentencing Act that sets out individual sentencing factors to add that the court must take into account that the offence was wholly or partly motivated by hatred for or prejudice against a group of people to which the defendant believed the victim belonged, including, without limitation, the same factors as mentioned in the previous discussion on this legislation in the other place.

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Neighbourhood projects to create state-wide jobs

South Australians will access to new walking trails, playgrounds and recreation hubs, with $15 million worth of new Open Space projects receiving funding.

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Life-changing sports and community hub opens

Families in Adelaide’s south will have access to new state-of-the-art sporting and community facilities, with a $3.5 million sports and community hub opening at Christie Downs.

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New Planning Commission unveiled

South Australia is on the precipice of a new and exciting future, having reversed the ‘brain drain’ for the first time in 30 years.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (STRATA SCHEMES) BILL

I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Strata Schemes) Bill 2021 and indicate to the house, and in particular to the member for Waite, that whilst I thought, when he was presenting this bill, it might have some merit and be able to remedy some ill, he did not ultimately identify any ill that needed to be remedied. I have taken advice on the matter as to how we currently manage the strata schemes and indicate that, on the basis that it is not a matter which at this stage needs to be considered in the affirmative, the government will be opposing the bill.

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Tough new domestic violence laws to tackle abuse

Laws aimed at preventing serious domestic and family violence offences, including murder, have been introduced to State Parliament.

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Hundreds of homes protected in heritage boost

Adelaide’s heritage will be better preserved with hundreds of buildings approved for enhanced heritage protections.

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CONSTITUTION (INDEPENDENT SPEAKER) AMENDMENT BILL

 I rise to briefly make a few remarks in relation to the bill, which has been introduced by the member for Florey to amend the Constitution Act 1934. Essentially, as I understand, the bill tabled today is to provide for the obligation of any person who is elected as Speaker while occupying an office to not be able to actively participate in the votes or be a member of a registered political party, as the office of Speaker is dependent on being held subject to a majority of members voting on a motion for removal and the obligation for the Speaker to be removed.

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Homes to accommodate harvest jobs bonanza

Thousands of jobs are up for grabs as the South Australian agricultural industry braces for a bumper harvest.

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