Summary Offences (Trespass on Primary Production Premises) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I thank all members for their contribution to the debate on this bill, in particular the expression of support for the government's bill from the opposition by the member for Kaurna. I also take the opportunity to answer some questions raised by the member for Kaurna during a briefing on the bill, attended by my advisers and the Attorney-General's Department, and during his second reading contribution yesterday.

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Supreme Court (Court of Appeal) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

In response to the debate on this matter, I start by thanking the Hon. Kyam Maher, who is the shadow attorney-general for the opposition, for discussions with him and correspondence; I will refer to that shortly. He is of course in another place and ultimately may make a contribution in relation to this bill if it is passed in this house. I acknowledge the member for Kaurna's contribution and those of the members for Lee and Heysen.

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Married Persons (Separate Legal Status) Bill

Second Reading

The Married Persons (Separate Legal Status) Bill 2019 is part of the reforms that the government is undertaking to ensure that South Australian law is fully compatible with the availability of same-sex marriage. It is complementary to the main bill that undertakes this reform, namely, the Statutes Amendment (Legalisation of Same Sex Marriage Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019.

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Evidence (Reporting on Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I wish to make a few further concluding remarks in relation to this bill. If I have not already, I thank the member for Badcoe, who was the lead speaker on this matter, for her contribution and indication of general support with the qualification that she foreshadowed that the opposition may move an amendment in another place, and I am happy to canvass that further in committee.

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

Second Reading

It is with pleasure that I introduce this bill, which amends the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, to abolish in the South Australian Classification Council and repeal the Classification of Theatrical Performances Act 1978.

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Summary Offences (Trespass on Primary Production Premises) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Today, I introduce a bill that will create a new aggravated offence in the Summary Offences Act 1953, with significant penalties for trespass on primary production premises, and also increase the existing penalties for trespass-related offending on primary production premises.

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Community Visitor Scheme

Motion

I rise to firstly move an amendment to the motion moved by the member for which she has presented her argument. I move:

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Land Tax (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the Land Tax (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2019. I start by indicating that I pay land tax. I have for nearly 30 years and I have hated paying it every year—to whatever government. I have waited a long time in this parliament to see some genuine land tax reform. It is something that I follow with some interest.

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Evidence (Reporting on Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I will start by addressing matters that have been raised by the member for Mount Gambier, who has indicated that he will not be supporting the bill. I fully respect the matters that have been outlined by him and the decision that he has come to in relation to his proposed opposition to the bill. He has outlined a number of aspects of the Law Society submission—received in July this year, predating of course the major indictable reform report that was been prepared but, nevertheless, taking into account a submission that was made back in 2011 when the Brian Martin review was published—and the view then of the Law Society president Ralph Bonig.

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Evidence (Reporting on Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The bill gives effect to a 2011 review by the Hon. Brian Martin AO, QC by substantially lifting existing restrictions against reporting on sexual offences. These limitations do not apply to other types of offences. Further, the bill supports progression of key initiatives in the Attorney-General's purview to support victims through empowering them to report claims of sexual abuse to authorities and provide an open and transparent system for the community—two tenets of the government's justice agenda.

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