Oakden hearings in secret, as open Senate inquiry continues

ICAC hearings into the Oakden scandal remain shrouded in secrecy, in stark contrast to the public hearing of the Senate inquiry into Aged Care in Adelaide today.

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Civil Liability (Trespass) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:34):  I rise to speak on the Civil Liability (Trespass) Amendment Bill 2017. This bill was introduced by the Attorney-General on 18 October 2017 to amend the Civil Liability Act 1936.

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Public Finance and Audit (Auditor-General's Reports) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (10:50): I move:

I advise the house that this is in response to the report of the Auditor-General of 17 October 2017 that was tabled in parliament. In that report, which was provided by the Speaker of the house and the President of the Legislative Council to their relative chambers on 29 September, he outlined in his executive summary some commentary in relation to recommended amendments to the tabling process, but also the flexibility of the Auditor-General reporting to parliament, and government's accountability to other matters that should be investigated.

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Liberals to shield whistleblowers

The State Liberals will move to debate the Whistleblowers Protection Bill in Parliament this Thursday.

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Backflip Nick dumps ratepayers

Nick Xenophon’s backflip on council rate capping raises further doubts as to what the former Federal Senator stands for and whether he can be trusted to keep his word.

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Judicial Conduct Commissioner (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:04):  I rise to speak on the Judicial Conduct Commissioner (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2017. This was introduced on 28 September this year by the Attorney-General, essentially outlining an expansion of the role and the complaints function of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner. In South Australia, the Hon. Bruce Lander QC is the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, in addition to his role as the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption. The principal act was assented to in November 2015 and deals with complaints about the conduct of serving judicial officers.

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Grievance Debate

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:06):  Today, we had another example of the Premier's refusal to provide information to the people of South Australia as to why he is splashing millions of dollars of taxpayers' money—the money of the people of South Australia—in a desperate attempt to save his own political skin. Let's just consider for a moment that the people of South Australia are being fleeced $2.6 million, as we know, from the Weatherill government's attempt to desperately distance itself from the responsibility of South Australia's electricity crisis, their lame attempt to actually deal with it and then their pathetic plan to provide some answers.

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Children's Protection Law Reform (Transitional Arrangements and Related Amendments) Bill

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:34):  I rise to speak on the Children's Protection Law Reform (Transitional Arrangements and Related Amendments) Bill 2017. Essentially, the government requested a meeting yesterday to advise that they would seek to introduce this bill and further undertake procedural orders, as we have just done, to progress it through the House of Assembly forthwith on the basis that, firstly, we have somewhere between six and nine days left of parliamentary sitting for this session and, secondly, it is necessary to pass this legislation to give sufficient workable operation to primary legislation that has been passed in respect of child protection and child safety in the preceding few years. For that reason, we note some urgency if the bill is to have an application that is of some benefit to children as soon as practicable.

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Criminal Law Consolidation (Children and Vulnerable Adults) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:18):  In this case, we, the opposition, indicate our support for the bill and so I will be brief. We may need to look at some amendments in another place. We have not had extensive consultation with others, and we appreciate that we may only have six sitting days left, so we are trying to hastily deal with as many of these bills as possible to accommodate the government's agenda. Where they are good, obviously we want to ensure that that is followed.

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Summary Offences (Liquor Offences) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:04): I rise to speak as the lead and possibly the only speaker on the Summary Offences (Liquor Offences) Amendment Bill 2017. I indicate that, whilst we will be supporting the bill, there are two areas of amendment that we consider need to be addressed to implement this reform. This bill was introduced on 27 September by the Attorney-General to amend a number of acts but essentially in respect of the legislation for the sale and supply of liquor in specific communities.

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