National Police Remembrance Day

Motion

I rise to support the motion and commend the minister for bringing the matter to the attention of the house. May I first say that, in the work that our police do in respect of the personal protection of our community, their investigative role in relation to crime and the very challenging aspects of the security of our state in relation to terrorist activity and the like, at whatever level, these men and women place themselves at risk, particularly on the front line in relation to high-level squads that are important to the protection of our community.

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Islamic State Student Conviction

Ministerial Statement

Yesterday, a jury of the South Australian Supreme Court found Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif guilty of membership of a terrorist organisation, namely Islamic State. Ms Abdirahman-Khalif is a 23-year-old student who has been prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions under a commonwealth terrorism offence. The student is the first terror suspect to be charged and held in South Australia. The Commonwealth DPP has alleged that Ms Khalif was a member of a terrorist organisation between 2016 and 2017, a charge which she pleaded not guilty to.

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Dowry Abuse

Grievance Debate

On 31 August of this year, an article was published in The Advertiser regarding the prevalence of dowries—these are payments usually made by a bride's family in contemplation of marriage—and the inherent risks they pose, particularly to migrant women. Currently, the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is undertaking an inquiry into dowry abuse. The Legal Services Commission of South Australia, among others, presented a submission outlining the rising number of requests for legal assistance from women from countries where dowries have been traditionally practised. The committee is due to hand down their report on 6 December.

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National Disability Insurance Scheme Fraud

Ministerial Statement

I was concerned to read an article in The Australian newspaper of 31 August 2018 about a South Australian resident who lost the whole of her core funding under the National Disability Insurance Scheme to a fraud involving a trader from Western Australia. People with a disability rely on their funding arrangements under the NDIS to obtain essential support and services, and to hear that shonky operators are seeking to take advantage of people in that situation is quite disturbing.

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Appropriation Bill 2018

Second Reading

I am very proud today to rise and support the state budget of 2018-19, the very first budget of the Marshall Liberal government. Elected after 16 years of Labor's financial mismanagement, our government must now act to clean up Labor's mess. South Australians understand the financial state of affairs that was left to us, and they know that together all of us must put our shoulders to the wheel and return the budget to a sustainable position.

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Sentencing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Today, I introduce a bill to amend the Sentencing Act 2017. This act commenced on 30 April 2018. It repealed and replaced the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988. Our judiciary and legal profession are still coming to terms with the extensive changes from the new sentencing regime in the short time that it has been in operation. Amongst other things, the Sentencing Act introduced amendments to home detention provisions contained in the repealed act, to preclude a home detention order as a sentencing option for certain offences. These include where an adult is sentenced for 'serious sexual offences' (if the maximum penalty is at least five years' imprisonment) and 'serious and organised crime offences'.

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Royal Commissions (Extraterritorial Application) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

(Continued from 20 June 2018.)

I rise to speak on the Royal Commissions (Extraterritorial Application) Amendment Bill 2018. The government will not be supporting the bill. This is a bill presented by the opposition seeking to insert a new section 3A into the Royal Commissions Act 1917 to state:

This Act applies outside South Australia to the full extent of the extraterritorial legislative power of the Parliament.

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Justices of the Peace

Motion

I rise to indicate that I propose to move an amendment to the motion. I move:

Delete paragraphs (b) and (c) and insert:

(b) note the Attorney-General provides a certificate upon resignation after 20 or more years of service and upon reaching 50 years of service.

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Cornwall, Dr J.R.

Condolence

I rise to support the motion presented by the Premier and supported by the Leader of the Opposition in recognition of Dr John Cornwall. His contribution as a minister in difficult portfolios should not go unnoticed, the details of which have been outlined by the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition. However, I think it is fair to say that one of the most difficult areas of public life, which I am sure the Minister for Child Protection recognises, is to deal with the welfare of the community and those who are most vulnerable, in particular in relation to child protection.

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R U OK? Day

Motion

May I first commend you (Sam Duluk MP), as Acting Speaker, for moving this motion and indicate my overwhelming support for it. I would also like to acknowledge the Hon. John Dawkins in another place, whom the Premier has appointed as his own advocate to investigate and deal with suicide prevention by way of consultation and reporting back. This is a very important issue for the government. It is a very important matter that has taken a long time—in fact, centuries—to come out from behind cover and be dealt with.

 

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