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 7 August 2014

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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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 (SACAT) BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:14): I indicate that I will be the lead speaker for the opposition on this bill, and I am aware that at least one other member wishes to make a contribution to the second reading debate. I speak on the Statutes Amendment (SACAT) Bill 2014 and, as indicated by the Leader of the Opposition, I propose to move amendments dealing with the jurisdiction to be advanced in the program of areas to come under the new SACAT.

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Labor must release O-Bahn analysis

The State Liberals have called on Transport Minister Mullighan to prove that the proposed $160 million O-Bahn tunnel will deliver greater benefits than the $61 million O-Bahn extension that Labor promised just three years ago.

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SA than 20 the most secretive than 20 in Australia

A media study comparing national Freedom of Information (FOI) laws has confirmed that South Australia is the most secretive state in the nation after 12 years of Labor.

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CRIMINAL ASSETS CONFISCATION (PRESCRIBED DRUG OFFENDERS) AMENDMENT BILL 18 June 2014

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:40): I rise to speak on the Criminal Assets Confiscation (Prescribed Drug Offenders) Amendment Bill 2014. This bill was tabled by the Attorney on 7 May, and has an interesting history. It is fair to say that, in the development of the confiscation of assets acquired during, or relevant to, criminal activity as an instrument to break down the opportunity and desire of those to profit from crime, the Liberal Party has in fact consistently promoted and supported legislation to confiscate assets where they have been specifically proceeds of crime, instruments of crime (even if they were lawfully acquired), and for the purpose of unexplained wealth. 

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SA Kouts must commit to Labor election promises

The State Liberals have called on Treasurer Koutsantonis to put his money where his mouth is and fund all of Labor’s short term transport infrastructure promises in next week’s State Budget.

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