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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Doggone good idea

Zero, South Australia’s inaugural canine court companion, is now a step closer to supporting vulnerable witnesses in court.

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STATE PROCUREMENT REPEAL BILL

The South Australian government spends over $11 billion a year on purchasing goods, services and construction projects. This spending underpins the provision of critical public services and has a significant impact on employment, business activity and investment in the state. The government is committed to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of our policies and practices for procurement, maximising value for money and improving local industry and social outcomes.

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COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE (EXPIRY AND RENT) AMENDMENT BILL

On behalf of the Marshall Liberal government, I am pleased to introduce the COVID-19 Emergency Response (Expiry and Rent) Amendment Bill 2020. As the COVID-19 public health emergency unfolded, it quickly became clear that many everyday practices needed to be adapted so that we could continue doing business while maintaining physical distancing and reduced movement.

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Emergency relief for commercial and residential tenants set to continue

The Marshall Government will continue support for residential and commercial tenants struggling with the impacts of the coronavirus for another six months, under legislation to be introduced to State Parliament tomorrow.

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Updated timeline for new planning system roll out

The State Government has today announced revised timing for the implementation of the new planning and development system across large regional towns and metropolitan areas.

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Port Spencer Grain Facility approved

The Marshall Liberal Government has ticked off revised plans for the Port Spencer Deep Water Port grain export facility to go ahead.

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New appointments to the Magistrates Court

A lawyer with experience at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, and the Crown Solicitor’s Office, and a criminal defence lawyer with decades of experience are the two latest appointees to the Magistrates Court.

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