Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission on track

Royal Commissioner Bret Walker SC has written to the State Government to provide an update regarding the progress of his inquiry.

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Greater protection for journalists

Journalists seeking to shield their sources will have greater protection under new laws which have now passed State Parliament.

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Statutes Amendment (Drug Offences) Bill

Second Reading

I thank members for their contributions and the member for Elizabeth for his indication, on behalf of the opposition, of the general support to the thrust of this bill, upon noting a foreshadowed amendment, which he welcomes. May I say that, if I were to generally summarise the impetus for the reform in this legislation, it is the recognition that cannabis, amongst all our elicit drugs can no longer, in 2018, be treated as though it is something just a little bit more serious than tobacco.

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Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio) Bill

Second Reading

The Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio) Bill 2018 makes miscellaneous amendments to various acts committed to the Attorney-General. It addresses a number of minor or technical issues that have been identified in legislation. In broad terms, this bill:

  • allows for additional time for a prosecution to be commenced where an enforcement determination is revoked by a court under the Fines Enforcement and Debt Recovery Act 2017 on the basis that the alleged offender did not have a reasonable opportunity to elect to be prosecuted;
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Bass, Mr Rodney Piers (Sam)

Condolence

I thank both of the lead speakers to this motion, and support the same, and thank them for also acknowledging Sam's work in the South Australian police force. Certainly, when he came to us in 1993 and sought preselection for the seat of Florey he was perhaps best described as an unconventional candidate. Obviously, his work—not because he was in the police force but because of the nature of his work, including covert surveillance work, the difficult task of dealing with organised crime and his preparedness to go under cover and actually put himself at risk in a number of those circumstances—did mean that he would brush up against a number of national and state agencies of inquiry.

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Public Finance and Audit (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

This bill proposes to improve the timeliness and effectiveness of reporting by the Auditor-General and to simplify publication and administration. I place on the record my appreciation for the work of the Auditor-General and his office in service to this parliament and, of course, to ensure that we are kept informed as to his work and that of his office and, in addition to that, how we might improve his statute.

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Terrorists in the line of fire

In an important step towards strengthening South Australia’s anti-terrorism capability, laws to enhance the capacity of police to use lethal force in a terrorist incident have passed State Parliament’s Lower House today.

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Terrorism (Police Powers) (Use of Force) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I would like to commence by thanking all speakers who have contributed to the debate on the Terrorism (Police Powers) (Use of Force) Amendment Bill 2018. A number of matters were raised by the shadow minister, which I will endeavour to clarify as quickly as possible, but perhaps I will first address the member for Enfield's contribution, for which I thank him. Unfortunately, this issue had not been resolved under the previous government.

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Condous, Mr S.G.

Condolence

I rise to support the motion and extend my condolences to Angela and their beautiful daughter on the passing of Steve Condous. My only regret in speaking on this today is that, for the one time, perhaps in all the time I have been in parliament, I wish for the former member for Croydon (Hon. Michael Atkinson) to be here. This is probably the one issue on which we would agree; that is, Steve Condous made a colourful and significant contribution to public life in the City of Adelaide and its surrounds, ultimately as the member for Colton in this parliament.

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Criminal Assets Confiscation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I thank the members for their contributions to this debate and, in particular, acknowledge the support of the opposition representative to the bill. The matters raised by the opposition require some comment and I will attempt to identify some of the aspects without traversing all the debate in relation to confiscation law.

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