SA than 20 the most secretive than 20 in Australia

A media study comparing national Freedom of Information (FOI) laws has confirmed that South Australia is the most secretive state in the nation after 12 years of Labor.

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CRIMINAL ASSETS CONFISCATION (PRESCRIBED DRUG OFFENDERS) AMENDMENT BILL 18 June 2014

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:40): I rise to speak on the Criminal Assets Confiscation (Prescribed Drug Offenders) Amendment Bill 2014. This bill was tabled by the Attorney on 7 May, and has an interesting history. It is fair to say that, in the development of the confiscation of assets acquired during, or relevant to, criminal activity as an instrument to break down the opportunity and desire of those to profit from crime, the Liberal Party has in fact consistently promoted and supported legislation to confiscate assets where they have been specifically proceeds of crime, instruments of crime (even if they were lawfully acquired), and for the purpose of unexplained wealth. 

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SA Kouts must commit to Labor election promises

The State Liberals have called on Treasurer Koutsantonis to put his money where his mouth is and fund all of Labor’s short term transport infrastructure promises in next week’s State Budget.

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CHILD SEX OFFENDERS REGISTRATION (CONTROL ORDERS AND OTHER MEASURES) AMENDMENT BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:35): I rise to speak on the Child Sex Offenders Registration (Control Orders and Other Measures) Amendment Bill 2014, and indicate that the opposition has considered this bill, which is to provide for an enhancement, I think is the best way to describe it, of the protection of children from sex offenders, which we consider is a sensible addition. There are a number of matters, though, that I wish to place on the record.

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CRIMINAL LAW (SENTENCING) (CHARACTER EVIDENCE) AMENDMENT BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:40): I rise to speak on the Criminal Law (Sentencing) (Character Evidence) Amendment Bill 2014. The opposition is of the view completely that this legislation is common sense and deserves some support. Our greatest concern in relation to the introduction of the bill is that it has taken 12 years for one of South Australia's highest profile cases to be dealt with, finally, in the Supreme Court, that being the last issue relating to the offence, namely, the appeal against sentence. There were some other ancillary matters relating to the case of R v Liddy which related to who was responsible for and had ownership of a set of guns, whether the property of the defendant in the Barossa Valley should be sold and various other ancillary matters relating to the cost of those proceedings.

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SUPPLY BILL 2014

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (20:11): I rise to speak this evening on my beautiful electorate of Bragg and some of the issues that will be important to it that I would ask the government to consider in the forthcoming budget. My electorate comprises of the vast area of the eastern suburbs, which is largely residential retail, and what I call the three Rs. Repromed is probably our biggest industry on the plains for the production of healthy babies in South Australia. Going further east, to the horticultural and viticultural areas of Uraidla, Summertown and the whole of the Piccadilly Valley, it is a beautiful electorate to represent.

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Labouring the cost of the Darlington upgrade

Deputy State Liberal Leader Vickie Chapman has welcomed the Federal Coalition’s budget commitment of almost $1 billion to upgrade two key sections of South Road.

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ADDRESS IN REPLY

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:00): I rise to support the motion to accept the draft address of His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce. In doing so, I wish to place on the record my appreciation for our Governor's service to South Australia, his duties to executive council and patronage of numerous charities, which he has undertaken over a number of years and which is expected to conclude later this year. I also extend and record my appreciation to Mrs Liz Scarce, who has attended countless civic events and undertaken her duties in support of the role of Governor for all South Australians both in the grounds of Government House and across the state.

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Liberals support move to establish Gillman investigation

The State Liberals have supported a move to establish a Parliamentary inquiry into the Weatherill Labor Government’s decision to sell 400Ha of land at Gillman to a private consortium without offering the land via public sale.

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