SAPOL introduces rapid response capability

A new rapid response capability will be created thanks to the State Government freeing up frontline police from desk duties, as part of an election pledge.

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Government funds 40 new emergency crisis accommodation beds in $11.9M package to address domestic violence

The Marshall Liberal Government is delivering on its key election commitments to address the scourge of domestic violence, by investing more than $11.9 million over the next four years on a suite of measures to support women and children at risk.

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Leading commercial lawyer appointed to District Court

A highly respected Queen’s Counsel with a background in both international and local commercial law has been appointed as South Australia’s newest District Court judge.

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Carly’s Law to protect children from predators

Tough new laws come into effect from today, aimed at better protecting children from exploitation by insidious predators.

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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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