Children in State Care Apology

Motion

I rise to speak in support of the motion presented by the member for Badcoe and acknowledge the contributions made by other speakers, including the Premier and Leader of the Opposition, in recognition of 17 June 2018 being 10 years since the apology was given. Can I just say though that, like the member for Cheltenham, I have been here for 16 years as well, but I do not have a view on this matter that is quite as 'skip through the wildflowers' or some sort of 'tiptoe through the tulips' that is being presented in respect of the celebration of 10 years since the apology.

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National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill

Second Reading

The government is pleased to introduce the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018. This bill reflects the commitment made by the South Australian government in May this year to participate in the National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. Its passage will enable and support the full implementation of the National Redress Scheme in South Australia, and the consistent operation of that scheme around the country.

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Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill 2018. In doing so, I would first like to acknowledge the provision in the Constitution Act 1934 and in particular section 64A, which was inserted in 1980. It was designed to provide a constitutional guarantee for the continuance of local government in this state.

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State Government to strengthen domestic violence laws

The State Government has commenced work on tough new laws to crack down on domestic and family violence.

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State Records of South Australia

Ministerial Statement

State Records of South Australia is the government archive responsible for managing an archival collection that comprises approximately 90,000 linear metres of official government records of historical value, dating from the 1830s to the current day. Access to the archival collection by interested bodies and government agencies has traditionally been provided in person at State Records, now all at the Gepps Cross research centre.

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Criminal Assets Confiscation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The bill I introduce today is the Criminal Assets Confiscation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2018. This bill retains three amendments from the Statues Amendment (Drug Offenders) Bill 2017, which lapsed when the parliament was prorogued in November 2017. At that time, when I was shadow attorney-general, the bill was put to the parliament with an additional proposed amendment. The bill included an amendment such that, if a person was seen entering or leaving premises which the police reasonably suspected as being used for the manufacture, distribution or storage of illicit substances or chemicals, then the police had the power to search that person and/or their vehicle.

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Summary Offences (Disrespectful Conduct in Court) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Summary Offences (Disrespectful Conduct in Court) Amendment Bill 2018 implements the Marshall government's commitment to amend the Summary Offences Act 1953 to make it a summary offence for a person who is a party to proceedings before a court to intentionally engage in disrespectful conduct before the court. The bill generally adopts the provisions of the Summary Offences (Disrespectful Conduct in Court) Amendment Bill 2016 with some amendment. The 2016 amendment bill was a private member's bill that I introduced into this house. It was read a second time but was ultimately defeated.

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Keogh Case

Ministerial Statement

On 2 July 2018, the Marshall Liberal government announced it will provide a $2.57 million ex gratia payment to Mr Henry Keogh. This settlement was made as a consequence of Mr Keogh's claim arising from a miscarriage of justice in respect of his 1996 conviction for murder. It was made on the basis of independent legal advice to senior counsel, independent of the Crown Solicitor's Office, and in the best interests of South Australian taxpayers.

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New Commissioner for Victims’ Rights appointed

The Marshall Liberal Government has announced the appointment of a new Commissioner for Victims’ Rights.

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SA Government response to Child Sexual Abuse

The Marshall Liberal Government has released its response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as part of its plans to better protect children from this appalling behaviour.

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