State Government to strengthen domestic violence laws

The State Government has commenced work on tough new laws to crack down on domestic and family violence.

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Criminal Assets Confiscation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The bill I introduce today is the Criminal Assets Confiscation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2018. This bill retains three amendments from the Statues Amendment (Drug Offenders) Bill 2017, which lapsed when the parliament was prorogued in November 2017. At that time, when I was shadow attorney-general, the bill was put to the parliament with an additional proposed amendment. The bill included an amendment such that, if a person was seen entering or leaving premises which the police reasonably suspected as being used for the manufacture, distribution or storage of illicit substances or chemicals, then the police had the power to search that person and/or their vehicle.

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State Records of South Australia

Ministerial Statement

State Records of South Australia is the government archive responsible for managing an archival collection that comprises approximately 90,000 linear metres of official government records of historical value, dating from the 1830s to the current day. Access to the archival collection by interested bodies and government agencies has traditionally been provided in person at State Records, now all at the Gepps Cross research centre.

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Summary Offences (Disrespectful Conduct in Court) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Summary Offences (Disrespectful Conduct in Court) Amendment Bill 2018 implements the Marshall government's commitment to amend the Summary Offences Act 1953 to make it a summary offence for a person who is a party to proceedings before a court to intentionally engage in disrespectful conduct before the court. The bill generally adopts the provisions of the Summary Offences (Disrespectful Conduct in Court) Amendment Bill 2016 with some amendment. The 2016 amendment bill was a private member's bill that I introduced into this house. It was read a second time but was ultimately defeated.

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Keogh Case

Ministerial Statement

On 2 July 2018, the Marshall Liberal government announced it will provide a $2.57 million ex gratia payment to Mr Henry Keogh. This settlement was made as a consequence of Mr Keogh's claim arising from a miscarriage of justice in respect of his 1996 conviction for murder. It was made on the basis of independent legal advice to senior counsel, independent of the Crown Solicitor's Office, and in the best interests of South Australian taxpayers.

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SA Government response to Child Sexual Abuse

The Marshall Liberal Government has released its response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as part of its plans to better protect children from this appalling behaviour.

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New Commissioner for Victims’ Rights appointed

The Marshall Liberal Government has announced the appointment of a new Commissioner for Victims’ Rights.

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Judicial Conduct Commissioner (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:54): The bill I introduce today makes miscellaneous amendments to the Judicial Conduct Commissioner Act 2015. The Judicial Conduct Commissioner Act was passed by parliament on 29 October 2015 and received royal assent on 5 November 2015. Since that date, the Governor has appointed the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, the Hon. Bruce Lander QC, as the first Judicial Conduct Commissioner, with the approval of the parliamentary Statutory Officers Committee.

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Limitations of Actions (Child Sexual Abuse) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:38): I am absolutely delighted to introduce the Limitation of Actions (Child Sexual Abuse) Amendment Bill 2018, which amends the Limitation of Actions Act 1936 and abolishes the limitation period for claims for compensation for victims of child sexual abuse.

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Road Traffic (Drug Testing) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 16 May 2018.)

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (10:31): I rise to speak on the bill introduced by the member and shadow minister for police, emergency services and correctional services in respect of an amendment to the Road Traffic Act. Members may not be aware that this was a matter under consideration in the prior government's legislation, which was proposed under the Statutes Amendment (Drink and Drug Driving) Bill 2017. This aspect of the bill, which is replicated in the bill before us, did not pass the parliament. Essentially, therefore, it did not introduce this initiative to allow for police searches of vehicles where a driver tests positive to a drug test. Members ought be aware that the bill otherwise passed in relation to amendments therein.

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