South Australian Bushfires

Motion

I rise to endorse the comments of the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition and thank them both for their contribution to the chamber expressing the sentiment of so many of us in seeing what has transpired during the bushfire season for 2019-20 in South Australia. Most of us were following the three major fires on Yorke Peninsula, the Adelaide Hills and then Kangaroo Island over a time when we were expected to be preparing for and enjoying the Christmas and holiday season during which our state was alight in those regions.

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First appointment to new Court of Appeal

The Marshall Liberal Government has today announced that eminent barrister, Mark Livesey QC, has been appointed to South Australia’s new Court of Appeal.

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Productivity Commission to assess best fuel pricing option for South Australia

The State Government has asked the Productivity Commission to investigate various policy models regarding the transparency of fuel prices across the State.

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Prosecutor appointed to the District Court

Respected prosecutor Ian Press SC has been appointed to South Australia’s District Court.

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Government Advertising Bill

Second Reading

Today, I introduce the Government Advertising Bill 2019, which gives effect to the government's election commitment to introduce stricter controls on taxpayer-funded advertising. Essentially, the bill makes it unlawful for government advertising to feature the voice or image of a member of parliament or a minister.

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Two District Court Judges appointed

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman has today announced two experienced South Australian lawyers will be appointed as judges of the District Court, replacing Judge Paul Rice, who retired earlier this month, and Judge Jack Costello, who will retire in January next year.

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Controlled Substances (Nitrous Oxide) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the private member's bill, Controlled Substances (Nitrous Oxide) Amendment Bill 2019. I thank the member for considering this matter and acting on the concerns that have been raised in the community. It is not a new issue; it has been very much around for the last couple of years. I think there have been various attempts to look at whatever is a new drug or a new drug of choice, especially amongst our young people, but that does not mean, regrettably, that the private member's bill will actually capture the most expedient and efficient way of managing this issue. Let me explain why, in the circumstances, the government will not be supporting the bill.

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Increasing the public's right to know

The public’s right to know more about how governments operate will be strengthened under proposed changes to South Australia’s Freedom of Information Act to be tabled in State Parliament today.

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Crackdown on nitrous oxide canister sales

Tougher restrictions on the sale of nitrous oxide canisters, or ‘nangs’, will come into effect early next year, following approval from South Australia’s Controlled Substances Advisory Council.

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Encounter Youth win National Award

Encounter Youth, a South Australian charity which dedicates time and resources to help our young people, has won the Gold 2019 Australian Crime and Prevention Award for its Hindley Street Program.

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