Labor votes against open Oakden hearings

The State Liberals have condemned the Weatherill Government for today blocking legislation to enable ICAC Commissioner Bruce Lander to conduct hearings into the Oakden scandal in public.

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Liberals push for increased whistleblower protection

The State Liberals will continue to fight for increased whistleblower protection when State Parliament debates the Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2016 this morning.

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Liquor Licensing (Liquor Review) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:18): I rise to speak on the Liquor Licensing (Liquor Review) Amendment Bill 2017. I indicate that the opposition will be presenting three amendments to the bill, but otherwise will be accepting the bill before us. As has been pointed out, on 29 March this year the Attorney-General introduced the bill to amend our liquor licensing regime under the current act of 1997.

 

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Grievance Debate - Oakden Mental Health Facility

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:08): Today, I wish to acknowledge the late Bob Spriggs for his courageous fight in his treatment and ultimate passing after the experience at the Oakden facility. He, of course, suffered treatment that was not only indecent but criminal in respect of the 10 times prescribed medication overdose and the unexplained bruising when he was admitted to hospital. I also wish to acknowledge Mr Maurice Corcoran, the Principal Community Visitor, who, in his annual report in 2016 to this parliament, shone a light on the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service and the scandalous misconduct that was going to be investigated. 

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Return To Work Corporation Of South Australia (Crown Claims Management) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN ( BraggDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:31): I rise to speak on the Return to Work Corporation of South Australia (Crown Claims Management) Amendment Bill 2017. I am sure the Attorney will be pleased to know that I wish to make a contribution on this matter. 

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Vlahos snagged by Bunnings meeting

Embattled Labor Minister Leesa Vlahos has admitted to State Parliament that her only discussion with the Mental Health Commissioner about the damning Oakden Report occurred at Bunnings.

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Condolence - Hon. Robin Rhodes Millhouse QC

Ms CHAPMAN ( BraggDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:18): I rise to support the Premier's motion to recognise and pay tribute to Robin Rhodes Millhouse QC in the presence of his family and some of his former colleagues. As we know, Mr Millhouse entered this parliament in 1955, at a time before almost all of us were born. Once the 1960s and even the 1970s came around, there was a major period of legal, electoral, social and political reform. It was a great time, I think, for him to have served in his public office in a political life, culminating at that time as Attorney-General in the Hall government. 

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Vlahos acting for MHS – a recipe for disaster

Embattled Minister Leesa Vlahos is currently acting in Minister Hamilton-Smith’s portfolios despite the fact she is incapable of doing her own job.

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Coroner needs additional resources

The State Liberals are calling for the Weatherill Government to provide the Coroner with the additional resources necessary to enable the investigation of a series of outstanding cases including the several sudden deaths at the Oakden mental health facility.

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Constitution (Electoral Redistribution) (Appeals) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (10:33): I move: That this bill be now read a second time. The Constitution Act of 1934 is one of the most important documents that we have in the state, and more will be said about that, I am sure, when members speak on the motion on the 160 years of responsible government of the state, which is on our agenda for consideration. However, from time to time even the constitution is identified as being deficient, sometimes in only a small way, and so it needs to be updated and to be contemporary.

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