APPROPRIATION BILL 2020

What a year that we have faced as South Australians. The government has had to produce a budget in that environment that will provide a stimulus to the state's economy and provide lasting and significant benefits to South Australians.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (FUND SELECTION AND OTHER SUPERANNUATION MATTERS) BILL

This bill seeks to make amendments to the following acts for the purpose of making amendments to the superannuation arrangements provided under those statutes: the Southern State Superannuation Act 2009 (Triple S Act) and the Superannuation Act 1988. The main proposal dealt with in this bill is the introduction of choice of fund and portability for members of the Southern State Superannuation Scheme (Triple S). Triple S membership is currently mandated for the majority of South Australian public sector employees, despite this fund not always being favoured by some such employees as the fund of their choice.

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Top End Silk appointed to District Court

A distinguished silk from the Northern Territory will return to South Australia to take up a new role as the state’s newest District Court Judge, and Deputy President of the South Australian Employment Tribunal.

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Modernising South Australia’s abortion laws

The Attorney-General has moved to modernise South Australia’s abortion laws, ensuring the procedure is treated as a health issue, not a criminal one.

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SENTENCING (REDUCTION OF SENTENCES) AMENDMENT BILL

I propose to make a contribution in relation to this legislation. It has been introduced to accede to at least one part of the recommendations of the Hon. Brian Martin, AO QC, in a report that he provided in 2020, on instruction from the government, to investigate and report on and provide material as to the current circumstances interstate, and generally to consult with stakeholders and victims advocacy agencies, together with any members of the public. That report has been published by the government.

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MPs and judges subject to the same sexual harassment laws as everyone else

The Marshall Government has passed amendments to the Equal Opportunity Act to ensure parliamentarians are covered by sexual harassment laws in their dealings with other parliamentarians.

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Sentence discount legislation to pass today

Laws that will significantly reduce the discounts available to serious criminal offenders for early guilty pleas go before the Upper House of State Parliament today.

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Sentence discounts reforms stall in the Upper House

The Greens in the Upper House of State Parliament have stalled the passage of legislation to significantly reduce sentence discounts available to serious criminal offenders for early guilty pleas.

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COVID-19 Emergency Act extension passes State Parliament

The Marshall Government’sCOVID-19 Emergency Response Act has been extended to until the 6thof February 2021, or 28 days after the COVID-19 Emergency Direction expires whichever comes first after a vote in State Parliament last night.

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DEFAMATION (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

I am pleased to introduce the Defamation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020, which amends the Defamation Act 2005 and the Limitation of Actions Act 1936. The bill has been developed thanks to the significant work and cooperation between all Australian jurisdictions and represents the first substantial amendment to the Defamation Act since it was passed. This is a major milestone in Australian defamation law.

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