Criminal Law (Legal Representation) (Reimbursement of Commission) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I am pleased to introduce the Criminal Law (Legal Representation) (Reimbursement of Commission) Amendment Bill 2020, a bill that amends the Criminal Law (Legal Representation) Act 2001. The bill makes two changes to the process by which the Legal Services Commission, South Australia's primary legal aid provider, is reimbursed for the costs of expensive criminal trials. The changes are designed to ensure that the Legal Services Commission is subject to a consistent, reliable maximum cost when taking on a serious criminal case.

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The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Incorporated (Objects) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I wish to thank all those who have made a contribution to this debate. It is most pleasant to hear of the high regard across the chamber for The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Incorporated. It is a body that clearly has a high level of respect and appreciation across the board, not just in this parliament but of course in the community, which would attest to the extraordinary breadth of contribution that has been made for support in the community during the lifetime of this trust. I thank members for that and for an indication from the member for Badcoe of the opposition's support of the bill.

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Muecke, Dr J.

Motion

It is with considerable pleasure and pride that I stand to support this motion and thank the member for bringing this to the attention of the house. I hope all members in the chamber watched the ceremony when Dr James Muecke was recognised as the Australian of the Year this year. I hope we are all flush with pride as he is the second South Australian in two years to achieve this high honour.

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Automatic suppression gone

Automatic suppression orders imposed on proceedings involving people accused of sex offences will be a thing of the past, under laws which passed State Parliament yesterday.

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Court of Appeal to commence sittings in 2021

South Australia’s new dedicated Court of Appeal is set to begin operations at the start of next year, Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman announced today.

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Statutes Amendment (Bail Authorities) Bill

Second Reading

I am pleased to introduce The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Incorporated (Objects) Amendment Bill 2020. The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Incorporated is a significant philanthropic and charitable organisation providing assistance to thousands of needy South Australians each year. The institution was founded in 1881 with the objects of carrying out the trusts of the will of Dr William Wyatt. In 1935, the institution was continued through enactment of The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Incorporation Act 1935 to provide for its ongoing incorporation and to make provision for the administration of the institution.

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The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Incorporated (Objects) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I am pleased to introduce The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Incorporated (Objects) Amendment Bill 2020. The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Incorporated is a significant philanthropic and charitable organisation providing assistance to thousands of needy South Australians each year. The institution was founded in 1881 with the objects of carrying out the trusts of the will of Dr William Wyatt. In 1935, the institution was continued through enactment of The Wyatt Benevolent Institution Incorporation Act 1935 to provide for its ongoing incorporation and to make provision for the administration of the institution.

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Kangaroo Island Bushfire Response

I rise to make a contribution in relation to this matter—given the statements made by the member for Mawson. Can I start by saying that he represents, in this chamber, the people of Kangaroo Island. There are a number of other members here who represent districts that have not only been hurt by fire in this season but will be again. So I do understand the passion that is invoked in relation to people who represent areas where there has been human tragedy and disaster, property loss, livestock damage, the incineration of wildlife and the like. It is a very difficult time.

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South Australian Bushfires

Motion

I rise to endorse the comments of the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition and thank them both for their contribution to the chamber expressing the sentiment of so many of us in seeing what has transpired during the bushfire season for 2019-20 in South Australia. Most of us were following the three major fires on Yorke Peninsula, the Adelaide Hills and then Kangaroo Island over a time when we were expected to be preparing for and enjoying the Christmas and holiday season during which our state was alight in those regions.

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First appointment to new Court of Appeal

The Marshall Liberal Government has today announced that eminent barrister, Mark Livesey QC, has been appointed to South Australia’s new Court of Appeal.

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