Another vote on public Oakden hearings

With the introduction of a Bill to enable open ICAC hearings, the State Liberals have reiterated calls for Labor and Independent MPs to back the legislation to enable ICAC Commissioner Bruce Lander to conduct hearings into the Oakden scandal in public.

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Industry Advocate Bill

Ms CHAPMAN ( BraggDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:15): I rise to speak on the Industry Advocate Bill of 2017 and acknowledge the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer's introduction of the bill on 31 May. It had a gestation period of consultation over a number of months and follows the government's announcement that they would initiate this statutory body. Essentially, the bill proposes to enshrine the role of the Industry Advocate by statute.

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Land Agents (Registration Of Property Managers And Other Matters) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN ( BraggDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:55): I rise to speak on the Land Agents (Registration of Property Managers and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2017— 

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: As lead speaker? 

Ms CHAPMAN: —as lead speaker. This was a bill introduced by the Minister for Consumer and Business Services, otherwise known as the Attorney-General, on 31 May this year to amend the Land Agents Act of 1994. In addition to my duties as shadow attorney, I was recently appointed to assume responsibility as spokesperson for the opposition on consumer and business services. It has been a busy period, I must say, with liquor licensing and other matters to be attended to.

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Summary Offences (Interviewing Vulnerable Witnesses) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:36): I rise as lead speaker to speak on the Summary Offences (Interviewing Vulnerable Witnesses) Amendment Bill 2017, introduced by the Attorney on 31 May this year, to amend the Summary Offences Act. The government claims that this addresses a potential gap in the legislation, that is, the Statutes Amendments (Vulnerable Witnesses) Act 2015, arising from a recent Supreme Court case, and in respect of the application of current practices of the police. On this side of the house, we will not be opposing this bill that has the effect of allowing in all cases where there is a vulnerable witness—that is, essentially, a person under 14 years of age or someone who has a cognitive impairment—that witness being able to give their evidence-in-chief via video evidence.

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Bail (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN ( BraggDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:11): I rise to speak on the Bail (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2017, introduced by the Attorney-General on 31 May—not to be confused with the speech just given by the Attorney in respect of amendments to the Bail Act bill, which relate to terrorism matters. This is a bill that amends the Bail Act to deal with some relatively minor matters that need the statutory attention of the parliament.

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Bollards for Adelaide Oval

The State Liberals are calling on the State Government to speed up the installation of permanent security barriers to enhance patron safety at Adelaide Oval.

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DPP must review penalty for hoon killer

Deputy State Liberal Leader Vickie Chapman has demanded the Director of Public Prosecution appeal the extremely short sentence handed to the sixteen year-old who killed Nicole Tucker last year.

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Government must release Ice Taskforce Report

The State Liberals are demanding embattled Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Leesa Vlahos immediately release the Ice Taskforce report that was due at the beginning of May.

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ICAC (Serious and Systemic Maladministration or Misconduct) Amendment Bill 2017

INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION (SERIOUS OR SYSTEMIC MISCONDUCT OR MALADMINISTRATION) AMENDMENT BILL 

In presenting this bill to the parliament, I confirm the opposition's position that we should deal with an amendment to the principal act. The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act is legislation that provides for an Independent Commission Against Corruption. We now know that Mr Bruce Lander QC has taken the view during his term in office that some amendments need to be made, and where those amendments that are of merit have been presented to the parliament by the government or by us we have supported them. 

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Rau slashes legal services in our regions

The State Liberals have called on the Weatherill Labor Government to reverse funding cuts to South Australian legal centres, which provide advocacy and advice to members of the community.

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