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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REAL PROPERTY (PRIORITY NOTICES AND OTHER MEASURES) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 11 February 2015.)

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:02): I rise to speak on the Real Property (Priority Notices and Other Measures) Amendment Bill 2015 and indicate that the opposition will not be opposing the passage of this bill in this house. Having received some briefings, but some matters not being resolved, we want to consider whether some amendments need to be considered. However, on the face of it, we understand that there is some pressing need for the passage of this bill and, whilst our concerns are of moment, we accept that they are probably matters that can be resolved between the houses.

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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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Protecting Ministers before Children

Premier Jay Weatherill’s decision to maintain 14 ministerial offices as South Australia sinks further into debt a daily basis highlights just how addicted to spending this Labor Government is.

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Labor must release Gillman contract

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to release the Gillman land contract now that the first parcel of land has been sold.

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WHITE RIBBON DAY

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:14):

I rise to support the member for Stuart's motion in recognising the White Ribbon Day and his invitation for men to sign up to this worthy cause and be examples to others of the importance of the demonstration of rejection of any form of domestic violence, principally towards women and children. I have said before in this house that I only ever acted for one man who was a victim of domestic violence—he was brutally beaten, actually, by his partner—but overwhelmingly the statistics confirm to us that women and children in a domestic situation are the most vulnerable. They are frequently the most victimised and our statistics in relation to death and serious injury speak for themselves.

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