INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL 18 November 2014

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:31): 

I rise to speak on the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2014 and indicate that the opposition will be supporting this bill. Consideration has been given to whether, in fact, other aspects of the current Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 need amendment, and I think they do. I think there are a number of issues that have been raised (most recently by the commissioner in his first annual report in 2013-14) for which there are various advances as to how they are being looked at and resolved.

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CRIMINAL LAW CONSOLIDATION (SEXUAL OFFENCES - COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:02): I rise to speak on the Criminal Law Consolidation (Sexual Offences—Cognitive Impairment) Amendment Bill 2014. This is a bill introduced by the Attorney on 29 October this year, and I think it is fair to say that it has had quite a long gestation period in its development. I indicate that the opposition will be supporting the bill.

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Community revolt on court closure

Almost 1000 residents have petitioned the Weatherill Labor Government to reverse the decision to close the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court due to the proposals ‘overwhelmingly negative impact on the community’.

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EVIDENCE (PROTECTIONS FOR JOURNALISTS) AMENDMENT BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (10:40):

It is with pleasure that I stand to introduce this bill today. It is the culmination of an extraordinary amount of work that has been undertaken, and I pay tribute to the Hon. Stephen Wade in another place. During 2013, in particular, we on this side of politics felt it was such an important issue, such a significant area of public policy, that we went to the 2014 election with a commitment to protecting the public interest in the manner outlined in this bill.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S PORTFOLIO) BILL 29 October 2014

Adjourned debate on second reading. 

(Continued from 28 October 2014.)

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:10): I have acknowledged that in the Magistrates Court Act section 7(2) makes provision for the process that is to prevail in the event that the Chief Magistrate is absent from his or her duties, namely the provision for the Deputy Chief Magistrate to assume those duties of office. I had left this previous debate on the basis that there is specific provision in the Magistrates Court Act for dealing with those absences, as distinct from the silence that prevailed in respect of the District Court Act and the Supreme Court Act as to what would happen in the event that the Chief Judge or Chief Justice were not available for their duties. Those acts were silent on that provision and the practice, as I understand it, prior to amendments that we dealt with, I think, last year, was that the senior puisne judge in those jurisdictions would be called upon to provide those services during the absence of the chief justice or chief judge respectively.

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ICAC secrecy changes

The State Liberals have welcomed the announcement that legislation will be introduced to State Parliament that partially lifts the veil of secrecy over the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S PORTFOLIO) BILL 28 October 2014

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:19): I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio) Bill 2014. This bill was introduced by the Attorney on 23 September 2014 and, as he stated in his contribution to the parliament, it is to remedy 'minor errors, omissions and other deficiencies' as identified in various acts. Usually, when I see words such as those it sets off alarm bells and they usually deserve of further inspection. However, it is true that governments do, from time to time, identify aspects of legislation which is deficient in some manner. Often, it is new legislation that is introduced and in its practical application it is identified that there is some error, some curiosity or some aspect of inconsistency which needs to be remedied. 

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CIVIL LIABILITY (DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION) AMENDMENT BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:44): I rise to speak on the Civil Liability (Disclosure of Information) Amendment Bill 2014 and indicate that I will be the lead and possibly the only speaker on the bill.

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Liberals introduce amendments to protect emergency service workers

The State Liberals have introduced amendments in Parliament to extend protections in the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) (Blood Testing) Amendment Bill to all emergency services workers.

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CRIMINAL LAW (FORENSIC PROCEDURES) (BLOOD TESTING FOR DISEASES) AMENDMENT BILL 14 October 2014

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:42): I rise to speak as the lead speaker on this matter for the opposition and indicate that we will be supporting this bill. However, we are of the view that, in essence, the relief which is being offered under this bill to the members of the South Australian police force ought also be available to other persons who work in emergency services circumstances, and I will come to the detail of that shortly.

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