Two workplace experts appointed to SA Employment Tribunal

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman has today announced two experienced South Australian lawyers have been appointed as Deputy Presidents of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET).

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Public Works Committee: Women's and Children's Hospital Upgrade Sustainment Program

Parliamentary Committees

I rise to speak on the report that has been received in respect of the Public Works Committee's approval and recommendation of the Women's and Children's Hospital upgrade. The member for Stuart, our Minister for Energy and Mining, has explained the significance of the Women's and Children's Hospital as a statewide service, which indeed it is, and I place on the record my appreciation to the many committees around country South Australia that still raise money for the Women's and Children's Hospital in recognition of the important services that are provided, including maternity, obstetrics, paediatrics and the like.

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Statutes Amendment (Liquor Licensing) Bill

Second Reading

I wish to thank all speakers who have contributed to this debate on the Statutes Amendment (Liquor Licensing) Bill 2019 and, in particular, the indication from the member for Kaurna of the support of the opposition for this bill. In a most entertaining manner, the other contributors have educated me in relation to what opportunities I have all over South Australia, wherever their electorates are, in terms of where I might get good food and wine and beverage. So thank you very much.

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House of Assembly passes laws to speed up psychiatric assessments in the courts

Legislation aimed at reducing the backlog of psychiatric assessments in South Australia’s court system have passed the House of Assembly.

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Motor Vehicles (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I speak on the Motor Vehicles (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Bill, which has been introduced by the member for Reynell. It proposes a statutory remedy of quite offensive slogans that currently—I am aware of at least two—have been identified in South Australia in recent times. My understanding is that both registered vehicles are from Victoria, so the proposal, which the opposition would raise as a remedy, for a deregistration model of management of this issue is one which was a little puzzling to the government, given the capacity for it to be ineffective in relation to vehicles that come from another state.

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Criminal Law (High Risk Offenders) (Psychologists) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I thank the speakers who have made a contribution: firstly, the member for Kaurna who, on behalf of the opposition, has indicated their support of this bill, although he has identified some reservations; and the members for Kavel and Heysen, who elegantly added to the standard of the debate and gave valuable extra historical information, which I hope adds to the reassurance of the house of the significance of not only the principal legislation and the development of it but also why we are here today to amend it.

 

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Christchurch Mosques Attack

Motions

I support the motion. I cannot overestimate the significance of a motion such as this and why it is so important that we stand beside our sister city of Christchurch: for the people of that city, and indeed the whole of New Zealand, in the pain that they are currently suffering; for those who are currently tending to the wounds of those who have been injured; and for those families and loved ones of the 50 innocent men, women and children who were slaughtered in the events of last Friday. These are adults who will never again see their partners, they are people who will not see their children grow up and they are children who will not grow up, all as a result of being peacefully in prayer at a time when their only guilt was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Review of Major Indictable Reform begins

Former Supreme Court Justice, the Hon Brian Martin AO QC, has been appointed to undertake an independent review of the former Labor Government’s Major Indictable Reforms.

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Disclosure scheme helping South Australians at risk

More than 100 applications for information about a current or former partner have been made since the state’s Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme was implemented, with more than a quarter advised of a partner’s violent past.

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Labor Party back in criminals to vote

Convicted sex offenders, serious drug offenders, and rapists will all be able to vote at the next State election in 2022 thanks to Peter Malinauskas and the Labor Party.

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