Victims of Crime (Offender Service and Joinder) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Victims of crime compensation is governed by the Victims of Crime Act 2001. The compensation provided to victims compensates the victim for the pain and suffering they have endured as well as compensating their economic loss incurred as a result of the crime. It is a compensation scheme of last resort, meaning that compensation from other sources is intended to be fought first. The victims of crime compensation is not intended to act like civil damages to restore a victim to the position they were prior to the crime, but to provide an acknowledgement from the state of their loss. In this regard, it is more of a redress scheme than a compensation scheme.

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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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Psychiatric assessment reforms pass State Parliament

Legislative reforms aimed at ensuring the courts have timely access to psychiatric assessments have passed State Parliament.

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National Electricity (South Australia) (Retailer Reliability Obligation) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the National Electricity (South Australia) (Retailer Reliability Obligation) Amendment Bill 2019. It has taken me a lot to come to speak on this bill. I have just spent the last half an hour reading one of the most gruesome coronial reports I have ever read, and I will be talking about that on another day in this house.

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Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Investigation Powers) No 2 Amendment Bill

Second Reading

This bill amends the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (ICAC Act) to address the government's commitment to transparent justice in South Australia when the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption is investigating serious or systemic maladministration and misconduct in public administration. In short, the bill seeks to clarify how the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption investigates matters raising potential issues of serious or systemic misconduct and maladministration in public administration. Importantly, it will provide the commissioner with the discretion to hold public hearings into matters.

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Two workplace experts appointed to SA Employment Tribunal

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman has today announced two experienced South Australian lawyers have been appointed as Deputy Presidents of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET).

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Retired Supreme Court Judge to oversee ICAC

Retired Supreme Court Judge the Honourable John Sulan QC has been appointed as South Australia’s next Reviewer of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

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Public Works Committee: Women's and Children's Hospital Upgrade Sustainment Program

Parliamentary Committees

I rise to speak on the report that has been received in respect of the Public Works Committee's approval and recommendation of the Women's and Children's Hospital upgrade. The member for Stuart, our Minister for Energy and Mining, has explained the significance of the Women's and Children's Hospital as a statewide service, which indeed it is, and I place on the record my appreciation to the many committees around country South Australia that still raise money for the Women's and Children's Hospital in recognition of the important services that are provided, including maternity, obstetrics, paediatrics and the like.

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Motor Vehicles (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I speak on the Motor Vehicles (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Bill, which has been introduced by the member for Reynell. It proposes a statutory remedy of quite offensive slogans that currently—I am aware of at least two—have been identified in South Australia in recent times. My understanding is that both registered vehicles are from Victoria, so the proposal, which the opposition would raise as a remedy, for a deregistration model of management of this issue is one which was a little puzzling to the government, given the capacity for it to be ineffective in relation to vehicles that come from another state.

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Statutes Amendment (Liquor Licensing) Bill

Second Reading

I wish to thank all speakers who have contributed to this debate on the Statutes Amendment (Liquor Licensing) Bill 2019 and, in particular, the indication from the member for Kaurna of the support of the opposition for this bill. In a most entertaining manner, the other contributors have educated me in relation to what opportunities I have all over South Australia, wherever their electorates are, in terms of where I might get good food and wine and beverage. So thank you very much.

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