A dog’s day in court

Zero, South Australia’s inaugural canine court companion, is adding another chain to his collar with legislation passing Parliament today, allowing him to support vulnerable witnesses in court.

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DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES (LPG CYLINDER LABELLING) AMENDMENT BILL

On 9 February 2020, Patrick Ryan tragically died from heart failure minutes after inhaling liquified petroleum gas from a nine-kilogram barbecue LPG cylinder at a house party in Port Lincoln. Paddy's family members have continued to express their concern about the current LPG cylinder warning labels not being adequate and have suggested that there should be mandated warning labels stating 'inhalation may cause death'.

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New era for Forensic Science SA

Leading forensic scientist Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde OAM has been appointed as the new Director of Forensic Science SA, marking the first time a woman has held the top job in the agency.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (ABOLITION OF DEFENCE OF PROVOCATION AND RELATED MATTERS) BILL

I am pleased to introduce the Statutes Amendment (Abolition of Defence of Provocation and Related Matters) Bill 2020. This bill implements the preferred recommendations in the stage 1 and stage 2 reports of the South Australian Law Reform Institute, entitled The Provoking Operation of Provocation. The SALRI reports recommended that the common law defence of provocation should be abolished.

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Labour Hire fees refunded, saving businesses hundreds of dollars

A change to Labour Hire Licensing laws is putting money back into the pockets of more than 300 local businesses, according to the latest Consumer and Business Services statistics.

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Scrapping fees a big boost for business

The Marshall Liberal Government’s decision to waive liquor licence fees for this financial year is helping thousands of businesses and saving business owner’s millions of dollars.

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Addressing sexual harassment in the legal profession

Acting Equal Opportunity Commissioner Emily Strickland has been appointed to conduct a review into harassment, including sexual harassment, within the legal profession.

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Pandemic’s positive takeaway helping to back small business

A takeaway meal is never complete without a good drop of South Australian wine – which is why the Marshall Liberal Government will introduce new, permanent laws to allow bars, clubs and restaurants to deliver alcohol with meals.

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SPENT CONVICTIONS (DECRIMINALISED OFFENCES) AMENDMENT BILL

I am pleased to introduce the Spent Convictions (Decriminalised Offences) Amendment Bill 2020 after its speedy passage through the Legislative Council. The bill amends the Spent Convictions Act 2009 to expand and improve the system for spending convictions for historical homosexual offences. With your leave, sir, and that of the house, I seek leave to have the remainder of the second reading speech and explanation of clauses inserted in Hansard without my reading the same.

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Parliament workplace harassment review gets green light

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman will today move a motion, allowing a review into the handling of harassment in the South Australian Parliament to get underway.

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