JUDICIAL CONDUCT COMMISSIONER BILL

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:01): I rise to speak on behalf of the opposition to indicate that we will be supporting the Judicial Conduct Commissioner Bill 2015. This bill was introduced by the Attorney on 18 March this year. It appears to have arisen as a result of one of the initiatives that he considered a priority after his Transforming Criminal Justice inquiries, of which there are myriad. In fact, there are so many: we have Transforming Health, we have Transforming Criminal Justice—wherever there is a problem we have a 'transforming' initiative or review underway. Unfortunately, my desk in Parliament House is now chock-a-block full of review folders. There are so many of them, it just about makes your head spin. We have royal commissions and inquiries into tax, nuclear power, time zones—you name it. Well, this is another one. To my surprise, one of the highest priorities of the government appeared to be jumping in with a bill in March last year to tell us that we needed to have a commissioner—amongst the dozens of other commissioners we have in South Australia—in this case, to keep judges in order. On our understanding, it arises as a result of these inquiries, and it seemed to come to the attention of the Attorney that we are one of the few jurisdictions that does not have an independent person to keep judges in order in this type of format and, accordingly, we have this bill.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (YOUTH COURT) BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 26 March 2015.)

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:38): I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Youth Court) Bill 2015. I indicate that I will be representing the opposition's position in my contribution. There may well be other speakers on our side who have taken a great interest in both child protection and juvenile justice matters, which is the precinct and purview of the Youth Court in South Australia.

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

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:26): This bill was introduced on 18 March this year and it covers the bill that had previously been in the parliament back in July 2014. With the proroguing of parliament that lapsed and the bill has been reintroduced this year by the Attorney. It does have a significant difference from last year's bill in that it makes provision for employees who are in emergency departments and the like to also have protection in addition to the police in the terms as set out in this bill.

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Port Adelaide for sale...again

The Weatherill Labor Government has announcement a list of “Development Opportunities” that they may release within the “next year”, which includes Port Adelaide – again.

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SUPPLY BILL 2015

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:01): I rise to indicate my support for the Supply Bill presently before the parliament to approve the appropriation of $3.29 billion for the continued operations of government, in particular the salaries of public servants and continued funding of programs pending the consideration and approval of the budget yet to be presented by the government.

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What’s next for the north-south corridor?

The State and Federal governments have today announced the successful tenderer and extension to the Torrens to Torrens project, but the State Liberals want to know what’s happening next for the entire north-south corridor.

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THE UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA (MEMBERSHIP OF TRUST) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:03): I rise to speak on The Uniting Church in Australia (Membership of Trust) Amendment Bill 2015 and indicate that the opposition will be supporting the passage of this bill. I should qualify that by indicating that it is the Liberal Party's position—and I expect the government's position—that the bill comprises, by definition, application which deems it a hybrid bill and, therefore, it will be appropriate that this matter be referred to a committee. Then, of course, subject to any matters being raised in committee where there may be a report ultimately to the parliament, we will be supporting the same. I formally indicate that we will be supporting a motion to refer this matter to a committee and indicate that the member for Hartley and the member for Hammond will be the parties that we present as being astute members of that committee, and that we will look forward to receiving their deliberations in due course.

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Riverbank Development

The State Liberals are broadly supportive of development in the Riverbank precinct.

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JURIES (PREJUDICIAL PUBLICITY) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 11 February 2015.)

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:00): I rise to speak on the Juries (Prejudicial Publicity) Amendment Bill 2015 and indicate that the opposition will be opposing this bill. This bill was introduced by the Attorney-General on 11 February this year and it is in exactly the same terms that were outlined in the bill in 2014, introduced late last year and lapsing as a result of the parliament being prorogued.

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CRIMINAL ASSETS CONFISCATION (PRESCRIBED DRUG OFFENDERS) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 11 February 2015.)

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:16): I speak on the Criminal Assets Confiscation (Prescribed Drug Offenders) Amendment Bill 2015, and I picture the Attorney-General being a bit like that Monty Python skit where he has come out with a sword, having a fight, and he loses one arm, then the other arm, then one leg and then the other leg. It is incredible. I will give him this: three times he has been to the house with his bill, as original, without any amendment, and he still keeps coming back. He is bloodied, he has been beaten up, it is only a flesh wound, but he is fighting on. I will give him that.

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