Criminal Law Consolidation (Dishonest Communication with Children) Amendment Bill - Second Reading (resumed on motion).

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading (resumed on motion).

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:45): I was indicating that under the Criminal Law Consolidation Act a number of offences have developed to deal with the protection of children and that, in particular, in addition to the amendments presented today, which expand the deception offences, there are a number of other provisions for protection. In particular, I refer to section 63B of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act, which sets out the offences that relate to procuring a child to commit an indecent act.

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Fair Trading (Ticket Scalping) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (16:28): I am very pleased to introduce the Fair Trading (Ticket Scalping) Amendment Bill 2018. We committed to taking a number of strong measures to increase consumer protection in relation to ticket scalping in South Australia. It was an election commitment and, once again, the Marshall government is delivering what it promised. Further, we committed to introducing this legislation within the first 100 days, and this is what we are doing. Along with amendments made to the same act to allow for extended gift card expiry dates, this important reform, for once, puts consumers first.

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Criminal Procedure (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (16:44): This bill seeks to remedy a number of unintended consequences of major indictable reforms introduced by the former government in the Summary Procedure (Indictable Offences) Amendment Act 2017. The act became operative on 5 March 2018. I say 'unintended' on the basis that we are advised that the matters that have come to light would not have been known to the previous government, so we are not in any way reflecting on their progressing of the original bill in respect of these deficiencies.

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Electoral (Prisoner Voting) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:40): I am pleased to introduce the Electoral (Prisoner Voting) Amendment Bill. As members know, the Marshall government has committed to introducing legislation to disqualify people who have committed serious offences from voting at South Australian state elections. This is a commitment that was taken to the 2018 election and affirms the position that people who commit a serious criminal offence should forfeit their democratic right to participate in state elections.

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Sentencing (Release on Licence) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (11:03): I introduce this bill, which amends the Sentencing Act 2017, to strengthen the provisions relating to the release of convicted sex offenders who are incapable of controlling, or who are unwilling to control, their sexual instincts. Members will appreciate that amendments have been required as a result of the application for release on licence granted by the Supreme Court on 27 March this year. The Director of Public Prosecutions appealed that decision and the matter was heard on Wednesday 23 May. No decision has been delivered as yet, and there is no indication that the Full Court will deliver their decision this week, but the government needs to be prepared, and is therefore prepared for, the consequences of an unsuccessful appeal.

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National Redress Scheme

Ministerial Statement

Yesterday, the South Australian government confirmed support for and opted into the commonwealth's National Redress Scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse. For survivors of institutional abuse, this is an acknowledgement of the inexcusable crimes committed against them and a demonstration of support from the Liberal government, to provide financial compensation and emotional assistance.

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Supply Bill 2018

Supply Grievances

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (16:09): It is with pleasure that I speak in a grievance to this debate and remind members of the importance of the passage of the Supply Bill. Obviously, the funds are necessary to provide the continued services of the public sector, including contractual services. As a member of the new Marshall government, we are committed to act responsibly and to earn the respect of the people of South Australia.

 

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Fair Trading (Gift Cards) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (16:06): Today, I am pleased to introduce the first of two pieces of legislation which explicitly put the power back in shoppers' hands and reform our current consumer protections. The bill amends the Fair Trading Act 1987 to require that any gift cards sold in South Australia must have a minimum expiry date of three years. This policy was overwhelmingly supported throughout this year's state election and is part of the Marshall government's 100-day plan.

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Criminal Law Consolidation (Children and Vulnerable Adults) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:52): Today, the government reintroduces into parliament the Criminal Law Consolidation (Children and Vulnerable Adults) Amendment Bill, a bill that lapsed on the dissolution of the last parliament, but one which the then opposition supported and attempted to swiftly move through the houses. Disappointingly, at the end of 2017 other legislative priorities were placed above those of children and vulnerable adults by the former government. Much like the failings of the former government with children in their state care, we saw a failure to ensure that this legislation was made a priority and passed urgently.

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Public Interest Disclosure Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:40): Today, I introduce the Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2018. This bill, coupled with the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Investigation Powers) Amendment Bill and the Evidence (Journalists) Amendment Bill are important parts of the Marshall Liberal government's transparency and accountability agenda that prioritise open and public hearings in maladministration matters and protect journalists from disclosing their sources in the public interest.

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