NEW DEAL: New money for legal assistance

South Australian legal assistance services will receive over $2 million per annum in additional core funding from July this year through a new partnership between the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments.

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$1.3 million to support victims of rape and sexual assault

South Australia’s rape and sexual assault service, Yarrow Place, will receive $1.3 million over three years to provide specialist counselling to victims in regional areas and strengthened forensic and medical care.

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Labour hire laws pass State Parliament

Reforms to labour hire laws that ensure they will focus on industries where workers are most vulnerable to exploitation have passed State Parliament this week.

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Members' Remarks

Today, I place on the record my sincere sympathies to the family of the woman whose death, and allegations surrounding her death, was raised in the parliament by the member for Hurtle Vale yesterday, and the circumstances of her history being thrown into the media spotlight. I say that because there have been further questions raised today and allegations made by the member for West Torrens and the member for Hurtle Vale in relation to the alleged reliability of statements that have been made to the media on behalf of the family yesterday.

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Fair Trading (Fuel Pricing Information) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

In the absence of any other speakers, I wish to make a few comments. Firstly, of course I thank all members for their contribution on the bill. I do not think there is any question that everyone in this parliament understands the significance of the cost of fuel within family budgets, at a personal level and also the cost to business. Energy and fuel costs are a significant component, and they need to have the attention of us here in the parliament. Just like water—for which the government has been very keen to introduce reductions—power prices and the like, fuel is another cost of living and a cost to business that we have to keep an eye on.

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Health Care (Safe Access) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to indicate my support of the bill, and I have a few comments to add. I think the provisions of the bill have been well canvassed. I just place on the record that in 2015, in Victoria, there was an application before the Supreme Court to consider whether the City of Melbourne had an obligation to enforce the nuisance provisions of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act against a group harassing and intimidating people at a clinic that provides reproductive health services, including abortions. The court refused to make that order requiring the council to take specific action but found that the council's advice to the clinic to refer the matter to the police to have it dealt with as a private nuisance was not effective. Clearly, this was the beginning of exposing that there was no real protection for women or the workforce this bill now seeks to protect.

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Legal Practitioners (Senior and Queen's Counsel) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I am pleased to introduce the Legal Practitioners (Senior and Queen's Counsel) Amendment Bill 2020. The bill sets out a process by which legal practitioners who have been appointed as Senior Counsel by the Supreme Court can be appointed as Queen's Counsel.

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Labour Hire Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Labour Hire Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020 amends the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017, which hereafter I will refer to as 'the act', introduced by the former government. Following consultation with various stakeholders and members of the parliament, the bill I introduce here proposes amendments to narrow the scope of the scheme to target vulnerable workers in high-risk industries, which have been consistently identified in government reports.

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Greater flexibility for Senior Counsel

The State Government will move to reinstate the title of Queen’s Counsel, in a move aimed at offering greater flexibility to senior members of the legal sector.

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Statutes Amendment (Licence Disqualification) Bill

I thank members for their contributions, particularly the member for Heysen. The opposition raised a matter as an expression of concern, followed by an indication that they will support the bill. Nevertheless, the concern raised by the member was, 'Why now, 2½ years after a new government?'—I wish it was 2½ years; I think we are two years and three months, which has been a generational change of government in this state—because this had previously been part of an eight-tranche reform that was presented by the previous government.

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