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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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:52): I rise to speak on the South Australian Employment Tribunal Bill 2014 introduced by the Attorney on 6 August 2014. It is a bill proposing the establishment of a tribunal with jurisdiction to review certain decisions that will arise from the return-to-work scheme, which is a new scheme to be established with the passage of the preceding bill. The government has pointed out that it needs to have a tribunal to deal with what is currently under the Workers Compensation Tribunal, that is, dealing with claims for workers compensation under the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986. However, they claim that it is necessary to establish a new return to work scheme, requiring a fresh approach to the resolution of disputes arising under that scheme.

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COMMISSIONER FOR KANGAROO ISLAND BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:57): I rise to speak on the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Bill 2014. Let me first disclose that I was born and raised on Kangaroo Island, the beneficiary of 11 years of education at the Parndana Area School. I continue to be a ratepayer, one of the 40 per cent who live off island. I am a patron of the KI Pioneers Association and the Parndana Show. I remain a passionate advocate of Kangaroo Island and its people.

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Court closures will increase waiting times

The Weatherill Labor Government’s decision to close the Holden Hill, Mount Barker, Port Adelaide and Tanunda Magistrates Courts will inconvenience the public and delay victims’ access to justice.

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One month grace period should apply to motorists

The State Liberals have called on Police Minister Tony Piccolo to intervene to ensure the issuing of cautions for truck drivers adjusting to new speed limits on the South-East Freeway is extended to all vehicles travelling on the road.

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CRIMINAL LAW (SENTENCING) (SUSPENDED SENTENCES) AMENDMENT BILL 7 August 2014

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:56): I rise to speak on the Criminal Law (Sentencing) (Suspended Sentences) Amendment Bill 2014, and indicate that I will be the lead speaker for the opposition. I understand we have some other worthy proposed contributors to this debate. 

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CRIMINAL LAW (SENTENCING) (SUSPENDED SENTENCES) AMENDMENT BILL

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:56): I rise to speak on the Criminal Law (Sentencing) (Suspended Sentences) Amendment Bill 2014, and indicate that I will be the lead speaker for the opposition. I understand we have some other worthy proposed contributors to this debate.

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