Fair Trading (Gift Cards) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (16:06): Today, I am pleased to introduce the first of two pieces of legislation which explicitly put the power back in shoppers' hands and reform our current consumer protections. The bill amends the Fair Trading Act 1987 to require that any gift cards sold in South Australia must have a minimum expiry date of three years. This policy was overwhelmingly supported throughout this year's state election and is part of the Marshall government's 100-day plan.

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Evidence (Journalists) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:47): I am pleased and proud to introduce the Evidence (Journalists) Amendment Bill 2018. The bill amends the Evidence Act 1929 to introduce a default position that journalists cannot be compelled to answer a question or produce any document that may disclose the identity of a confidential informant—joyous news to journalists in South Australia. Communications with journalists do not enjoy any special privilege under the common law in Australia, and there is High Court authority to this effect.

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Carly’s Law

The Marshall Liberal Government is introducing legislation to protect young people from online adult predators who lie about their age as part of a plan to meet the child or commit a criminal offence against the child.

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Criminal Law Consolidation (Dishonest Communication with Children) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:58): The Criminal Law Consolidation (Dishonest Communication With Children) Amendment Bill 2018 amends the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 to include two new offences to apply where an adult communicates with a child and lies about their age or identity seeking to meet with the child or with the intent to commit an offence against that child. Serious penalties will apply.

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Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Investigation Powers) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (16:05): I am pleased to introduce this bill, which amends the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (the ICAC Act), as a demonstration of the government's committal to address the need for transparent justice in South Australia when investigating serious and systemic maladministration and misconduct in public administration.

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Open hearings for ICAC

The Marshall Liberal Government has fulfilled a principal pledge of its election platform with the introduction of a Bill enabling the ICAC Commissioner to conduct hearings into serious or systemic misconduct and maladministration in public.

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Independent Commission Against Corruption

Ministerial Statement

The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, Mr Bruce Lander QC, has announced his intention to commence an evaluation of the practices, policies and procedures of SafeWork SA. The ICAC is tasked by section 7(1)(d) of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 with undertaking such evaluations. These evaluations are separate to investigations by the ICAC into alleged corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration and are of a broader scope.

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Shielding the public interest

The Marshall Liberal Government is introducing legislation to enable journalists to protect the identity of confidential sources when the information they are disclosing is in the public interest.

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Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission

Ministerial Statement

The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission was established by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, on 23 January 2018 to investigate the operations and effectiveness of the Murray-Darling Basin system.

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Government welcomes DPP appeal

The Attorney-General Vickie Chapman has welcomed the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) decision to appeal the Supreme Court decision to release Colin Humphrys.

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