Are there any more Shannon McCooles?

The State Liberals are demanding Jay Weatherill release the review conducted by former Police Commissioner Mal Hyde into Families SA staff after Shannon McCoole was caught sexually abusing children in state care. 

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Weatherill's faux apology

The real Jay Weatherill was exposed this morning when he told ABC radio that his policy settings in child protection had been right all along and it’s just the implementation that has failed. 

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Weatherill hides Royal Commission findings

The State Liberals have accused the Premier Jay Weatherill of playing politics with child protection after he decided to withhold the findings of the Royal Commission into the safety and welfare of at risk children. 

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Labor backs down on drug dealer asset laws

The Weatherill Labor Government has finally accepted that the asset confiscation and exemption process for convicted drug offenders is to be undertaken by a court and not by an unreviewable decision of DPP. 

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APPROPRIATION BILL 2016

Estimates Committees

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:12): Deputy Speaker, I firstly acknowledge your role in the estimates proceedings that we have recently undertaken and thank you for your contribution, together with the member for Little Para, whom I was able to have as chair in a number of meetings during the estimates being convened and who did a stellar job. I also thank those ministers who presented to estimates and the number of advisers and departmental staff who were down here to explain to us a number of aspects of the 2016 budget.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (BUDGET 2016) BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 7 July 2016.)

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:11): I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Budget 2016) Bill and indicate that the opposition will be consenting to this bill, consistent with precedent. It is a budget bill and, consistent with precedent, budget bills are not challenged in the normal manner of ordinary statutes. This is largely because of the precedent to recognise that the government has responsibility to make the ultimate decisions on how budgets are funded and expended.

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20 brave locals battled rain-storm to attend Public Meeting at Uraidla

Last night more than 120 locals attended a public meeting at the Uraidla Football Club, convened by local state member Vickie Chapman MP. 

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Liberals support aged care surveillance

The State Liberals support introducing surveillance of aged care facilities and are calling for legislation to enable this to occur to be debated as soon as possible. 

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APPROPRIATION BILL 26 July 2016

Second Reading 

Adjourned debate on second reading (resumed on motion). 

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (22:14): Here we are, at the 2016 budget, the Appropriation Bill, to accommodate the announcements by the Treasurer, and I remind members that it is a budget that has been approved by cabinet. No-one should underestimate the significance of that because the whole of the cabinet has endorsed the plan of action in respect of the expenditure of $18 billion of South Australians' money to the application of the priorities of this government.

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Police station closures a crime against public safety

A surge in the number of South Australians violently assaulted in 2015 highlights the importance of maintaining a strong network of local police stations as a safe refuge. 

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