Statutes Amendment (Screening) Bill

Second Reading

I would like to commence by thanking all those who have contributed to the debate on the screening bill and for the comments that have been made. The theme I have received from the lead speaker for the opposition has been translated in various forms through a number of speakers from the opposition.

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Tougher penalties added to protect Emergency Service Workers

Proposed laws which will be introduced to State Parliament today will see tough penalties imposed on people who spit on or throw biological material at police, corrections officers or other emergency services workers, as well as an increase to the maximum penalty for certain offences involving the assault of police and other emergency service workers.

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Criminal Law Consolidation (Assaults on Prescribed Emergency Workers) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Today, I introduce the Criminal Law Consolidation (Assaults on Prescribed Emergency Workers) Amendment Bill 2019. The bill is incredibly important in providing assurance to our front-line emergency workers by better protecting the state's police, emergency services workers, front-line medical officers and other law enforcement officers from assaults. The major purpose of this bill is to create a new offence in the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 where a person spits at or throws or otherwise applies blood, saliva, semen, faeces or urine on a prescribed emergency worker in the course of their duties.

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Statutes Amendment (Screening) Bill

Second Reading

Today, I introduce a bill for an act to amend the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016, the Children's Protection Law Reform (Transitional Arrangements and Related Amendments) Act 2017 and the Disability Inclusion Act 2018. The Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 and the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 as previously passed by this parliament are important pieces of legislation to protect, support and include people with disability and children.

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Controlled Substances (Drug Offences) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the Controlled Substances (Drug Offences) Amendment Bill, presented to us as a private member's bill by the member for Elizabeth, and indicate that the government on this side of the house has considered the matter and formed the view that the amendment does not justify the proposed law changes outlined in it, and we will be opposing the same.

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Parliamentary Committees (Petitions) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to indicate the government's support for the Parliamentary Committees (Petitions) Amendment Bill introduced by the member for—I was going to say the grandmother of the house. Is that allowed these days? Is it politically correct to say that?

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Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Third Party Insurance) Amendment Bill

(Continued from 4 April 2019.) Second Reading

I thank the member for his indication that the opposition will be supporting the bill and that it will not be necessary, as per his advice, for there to be any committee. On that basis, I indicate that the government will not be proposing any amendment and that therefore we will not seek to go into committee either.

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New offence for spitting on police

People who spit or throw other bodily materials at police officers and other emergency services workers would face tough penalties under new laws proposed by the Marshall Liberal Government.

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State Government moves to abolish provocation defence

The Marshall Liberal Government will introduce legislation abolishing the defence of provocation by the end of the year, after announcing today a Bill will be drafted to go out for extensive consultation.

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Marshall Government makes changes to help victims of crime

Changes to the Victims of Crime Act will make it easier and less stressful for victims to access compensation.

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