Controlled Substances (Nitrous Oxide) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the private member's bill, Controlled Substances (Nitrous Oxide) Amendment Bill 2019. I thank the member for considering this matter and acting on the concerns that have been raised in the community. It is not a new issue; it has been very much around for the last couple of years. I think there have been various attempts to look at whatever is a new drug or a new drug of choice, especially amongst our young people, but that does not mean, regrettably, that the private member's bill will actually capture the most expedient and efficient way of managing this issue. Let me explain why, in the circumstances, the government will not be supporting the bill.

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Statutes Amendment (Legalisation of Same Sex Marriage Consequential Amendments) Bill

Second Reading

I wish to acknowledge the two speakers who have contributed to this debate and the indication of the opposition's support for the bill. I also appreciate the indications of support for the primarily nationally significant reforms that have resulted in our having the responsibility to now make our legislation consistent with that.

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Legal Practitioners (Foreign Lawyers) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I thank the member for Kaurna for indicating his position on this matter on behalf of the opposition. Whilst he gives an indication that they will be supportive and that they will be reserving their position on the matter on the basis that they seek to undertake further consultation, it is concerning to note the assertion that the government has failed to provide information on this matter.

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Bushfires and Emergency Services

Motion

I rise to indicate my support for the motion and thank the Premier for bringing this matter to the parliament so that we may place on the record our concerns about and appreciation for what occurred in the events of 20 November. I also acknowledge all other speakers in relation to their contributions.

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Married Persons (Separate Legal Status) Bill

Second Reading

I indicate my appreciation to the opposition for an indication of their support. In the year that we celebrate 125 years of women having the right to vote and also, historically, in this parliament having had the right to stand for parliament, it is particularly important that I make some mention of the significance of what we are doing in this legislation.

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Legal Practitioners (Foreign Lawyers) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The bill I introduce today is the Legal Practitioners (Foreign Lawyers) Amendment Bill 2019, which amends the Legal Practitioners Act 1981. The main amendments in the bill insert provisions to regulate the practice of foreign law by foreign lawyers in South Australia and to provide for their local registration and regulation.

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Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Classification of Publications, Films and Computer Games) Bill

Second Reading

I am just looking around in case anyone else was inspired to make a contribution on this bill. I thank the member for Badcoe for her indication of support of this bill. There are a couple of matters that have been raised, and I indicate that I share with the member for Badcoe some of the concerns raised in respect of online matters.

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Gambling Administration Bill

Second Reading

I thank the member for Lee for his comments in relation to the advancing of these reforms and some foreshadowed amendments that have been considered since the tabling of these bills. May I add two things to the fulsome matters that need to be looked at. One is the question of online gambling and the commitment, which I make here today on behalf of the government, to ensure that a select committee is presented for parliament's consideration to be established to investigate online gambling in both its application and its current regulation, or inadequacy thereto, what protections we have to deal with vulnerable persons—that includes every 18 year old who is eligible to get a phone account—and how we might manage that in the future.

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International Day of People with Disability

Motion

I move to amend the motion as follows:

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Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill

Second Reading

In continuing my remarks, having acknowledged the contribution of members speaking on this bill, I wish to commend the thoughtful contributions respectfully delivered to the benefit of all those listening to this debate. May I also acknowledge Eva Nikitas, who is a legal research officer of our research library here at Parliament House, for her comprehensive work identifying South Australia's current laws, the history of previous attempts, the legal approaches and, of course, the current laws around the country. This is always an important assessment that is done and, on this occasion, it has been admirably carried out by Eva.

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