Education and Children's Services Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the Education and Children's Services Bill 2018. It is a bill that repeals the Education Act 1972, and also the Children's Services Act 1985, and substantially reforms a number of other areas of legislation that deal with the administration, the registration of teaching and the like to support the educational institutions and the standards of those in South Australia.

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Children in State Care Apology

Ministerial Statement

On 22 October 2018, the national apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse was delivered by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, from the House of Representatives at Parliament House, Canberra. Apology events were subsequently held across Australia to mark the significance of the day and to acknowledge that more needs to be done to prevent and protect children from sexual abuse in institutions.

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Crime and Public Integrity Policy Committee: Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Investigation Powers) Amendment Bill

I commend the member for Kavel and the committee for the work they have undertaken in respect of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Investigation Powers) Amendment Bill 2018, which, as indicated, was referred to the committee for their consideration. The committee was given a very short period of time to consider it, for a very clear reason given at the time by members of the Legislative Council, namely, that the preparedness to undertake a further review of this matter by the committee was something in which time was of the essence.

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Royal Commissions (Extraterritorial Application) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I continue my remarks from 5 September 2018 which, before seeking leave to continue, I commenced with, 'Further, it,' referring to the High Court, 'would have considered whether the commonwealth is impliedly immune from an exercise of the powers' conferred by sections10 and/or section 11 of the Royal Commissions Act 1917 (SA) on the basis that they modify or impair the executive power of the commonwealth or substantially interfere with or curtail the operation of the executives of the commonwealth.

 

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International Day for Disaster Reduction

Motion

I rise to speak on the motion acknowledging International Day for Disaster Reduction and note that this year's theme is 'reducing disaster economic losses in relation to global gross domestic product'—rather a mouthful, and I suspect somebody from the United Nations General Assembly has come up with that clumsy but nevertheless thematic description.

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Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Budget Measures) Bill

Second reading

I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Budget Measures) Bill 2018 and commend the bill to the house. I would like to acknowledge the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and his contribution in respect of the Kangaroo Island commissioner and the work she has done.

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Summary Offences (Disrespectful Conduct in Court) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 2 August 2018.)

I wish to thank members for their contributions to this debate, in particular the members for Heysen and Kavel, and the member for Kaurna on behalf of the opposition. He presented an indication of their view on this matter, although I was not entirely sure whether or not they intend to formally oppose the bill.

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Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Budget Measures) Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading (resumed on motion).

It is in these circumstances where there is no supervision or trained responsible persons to intervene, unlike the hotel and club industry. Put simply, you can lose your house while gaming from your lounge room. A number of reviews have been undertaken in this space. In September 2015, the commonwealth's Barry O'Farrell review found that online gambling is the fastest growing gambling segment, growing at 15 per cent per annum with over $1.4 billion gambled online each year.

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National Police Remembrance Day

Motion

I rise to support the motion and commend the minister for bringing the matter to the attention of the house. May I first say that, in the work that our police do in respect of the personal protection of our community, their investigative role in relation to crime and the very challenging aspects of the security of our state in relation to terrorist activity and the like, at whatever level, these men and women place themselves at risk, particularly on the front line in relation to high-level squads that are important to the protection of our community.

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Dowry Abuse

Grievance Debate

On 31 August of this year, an article was published in The Advertiser regarding the prevalence of dowries—these are payments usually made by a bride's family in contemplation of marriage—and the inherent risks they pose, particularly to migrant women. Currently, the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is undertaking an inquiry into dowry abuse. The Legal Services Commission of South Australia, among others, presented a submission outlining the rising number of requests for legal assistance from women from countries where dowries have been traditionally practised. The committee is due to hand down their report on 6 December.

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