Phoenixing

Ministerial Statement

Today, I am pleased to indicate the government's support for the commonwealth Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2018. Phoenixing activity is not defined in legislation and can encompass both legitimate business rescue activity and the use of serial deliberate insolvency as a business model to avoid paying company debts.

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Women in Agriculture

Motion

I move:

That this house—

(a) raises awareness of the important role women play in agribusiness and in regional South Australia, especially in leadership roles;

(b) notes that women are occupying an increasing number of diverse roles in agribusiness; and

(c) recognises that South Australia continues to encourage more women to pursue careers in agriculture and horticulture as the world's growing demand for our food continues to rise.

 

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Health and Community Services Complaints (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I just want to make a small contribution in relation the bill. I commend the work that has been done in the preparation of this bill, particularly the committee of inquiry, to deal with this question of those who purport to practise. As the Minister for Consumer and Business Services, I have to consider regulation of a lot of professions, and this is one of them. Medical and health practice is a serious profession that has serious consequences if it is not administered safely.

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Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak to the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill 2018. This is a bill to amend the Mining Act 1971, the Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920 and the Opal Mining Act 1995.

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Surrogacy Reform

Ministerial Statement

Surrogacy is the practice of a woman becoming pregnant with a child who may or may not be genetically related to her, carrying the pregnancy and giving birth to the child for another family, who may then become the legal parents of the child. Surrogacy is a complex and sensitive subject that raises many ethical, legal and other issues and implications. It is a topic that attracts strong and often conflicting views.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Motion

I rise to support the motion and thank the member for presenting the same. Other speakers have outlined significant demand for us to be alert and active in remedying this scourge on our community, particularly women and children.

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Office for the Ageing (Adult Safeguarding) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to support the Office for the Ageing (Adult Safeguarding) Amendment Bill and commend the Hon. Stephen Wade of the other place, our Minister for Health and Wellbeing and all things to do with having a great life, for this important initiative, a first in Australia, which needs to be progressed in a staged manner in its unique form. This starts with the legislation and the bill before us. It will be followed, I am advised, by a charter of rights and freedoms for vulnerable adults and the regulations and comprehensive code of conduct, yet to be developed. These are the machinery operations in respect of how this may operate

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Remembrance Day

Motion

I rise to support the motion and thank both the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition, who speak in this parliament on behalf of all South Australians, for this important recognition and the ongoing future recognition of those who serve to protect freedoms.

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Statutes Amendment (Child Exploitation and Encrypted Material) Bill

Second Reading

The Statutes Amendment (Child Exploitation and Encrypted Material) Bill 2018 amends the Child Sex Offenders Registration Act 2006, the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935, the Evidence Act 1929 and the Summary Offences Act 1953. This bill establishes new offences to deal with administering or facilitating the use or establishment of child exploitation material websites and provides a means for the police to compel a suspect or third party to provide information or assistance that will allow access to encrypted or other restricted-access computer material that is reasonably suspected to relate to criminal activities.

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Residential Parks (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

(Continued from 25 October 2018.)

I think I was outlining to the parliament in reply, or in rebuttal, some of the concerns I had about the member for Kaurna's approach to this bill as we approached this year's state election, in particular his attempt to present to his electorate, specifically the residents of the Moana caravan park, the diligence with which his former government had approached the reform of law in the area of the protection of residential park residents. In fact, he had said at the local level, just before the state election, as published on 12 March 2018:

We've been in the process of introducing new legislation of these parks to provide greater rights for residents so that when their contracts come to an end, there will be automatic renewal of their contracts.

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