ICAC secrecy changes

The State Liberals have welcomed the announcement that legislation will be introduced to State Parliament that partially lifts the veil of secrecy over the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption.

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CIVIL LIABILITY (DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION) AMENDMENT BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:44): I rise to speak on the Civil Liability (Disclosure of Information) Amendment Bill 2014 and indicate that I will be the lead and possibly the only speaker on the bill.

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Liberals introduce amendments to protect emergency service workers

The State Liberals have introduced amendments in Parliament to extend protections in the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) (Blood Testing) Amendment Bill to all emergency services workers.

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CRIMINAL LAW (FORENSIC PROCEDURES) (BLOOD TESTING FOR DISEASES) AMENDMENT BILL 14 October 2014

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:42): I rise to speak as the lead speaker on this matter for the opposition and indicate that we will be supporting this bill. However, we are of the view that, in essence, the relief which is being offered under this bill to the members of the South Australian police force ought also be available to other persons who work in emergency services circumstances, and I will come to the detail of that shortly.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:52): I rise to speak on the South Australian Employment Tribunal Bill 2014 introduced by the Attorney on 6 August 2014. It is a bill proposing the establishment of a tribunal with jurisdiction to review certain decisions that will arise from the return-to-work scheme, which is a new scheme to be established with the passage of the preceding bill. The government has pointed out that it needs to have a tribunal to deal with what is currently under the Workers Compensation Tribunal, that is, dealing with claims for workers compensation under the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986. However, they claim that it is necessary to establish a new return to work scheme, requiring a fresh approach to the resolution of disputes arising under that scheme.

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COMMISSIONER FOR KANGAROO ISLAND BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:57): I rise to speak on the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Bill 2014. Let me first disclose that I was born and raised on Kangaroo Island, the beneficiary of 11 years of education at the Parndana Area School. I continue to be a ratepayer, one of the 40 per cent who live off island. I am a patron of the KI Pioneers Association and the Parndana Show. I remain a passionate advocate of Kangaroo Island and its people.

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Court closures will increase waiting times

The Weatherill Labor Government’s decision to close the Holden Hill, Mount Barker, Port Adelaide and Tanunda Magistrates Courts will inconvenience the public and delay victims’ access to justice.

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One month grace period should apply to motorists

The State Liberals have called on Police Minister Tony Piccolo to intervene to ensure the issuing of cautions for truck drivers adjusting to new speed limits on the South-East Freeway is extended to all vehicles travelling on the road.

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CRIMINAL LAW (SENTENCING) (SUSPENDED SENTENCES) AMENDMENT BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:56): I rise to speak on the Criminal Law (Sentencing) (Suspended Sentences) Amendment Bill 2014, and indicate that I will be the lead speaker for the opposition. I understand we have some other worthy proposed contributors to this debate.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (LEGAL PRACTITIONERS) BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:44): I advise that I will be the lead speaker and probably only speaker on this bill. This is the Statutes Amendment (Legal Practitioners) Bill of 2014. It is a bill which the Law Society of South Australia has also perused and provided some comments on but, in short, I indicate that they have no objection to the bill. The purpose of this bill is to deal with two substantial areas: one is to make amendments to the Fair Trading Act of 1987 so that the Australian Consumer Law does not apply to a contract for provision of services to which the Legal Practitioners Act of 1981—that is, the principal act—applies.

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