Judicial Conduct Commissioner (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:04):  I rise to speak on the Judicial Conduct Commissioner (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2017. This was introduced on 28 September this year by the Attorney-General, essentially outlining an expansion of the role and the complaints function of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner. In South Australia, the Hon. Bruce Lander QC is the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, in addition to his role as the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption. The principal act was assented to in November 2015 and deals with complaints about the conduct of serving judicial officers.

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Grievance Debate

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:06):  Today, we had another example of the Premier's refusal to provide information to the people of South Australia as to why he is splashing millions of dollars of taxpayers' money—the money of the people of South Australia—in a desperate attempt to save his own political skin. Let's just consider for a moment that the people of South Australia are being fleeced $2.6 million, as we know, from the Weatherill government's attempt to desperately distance itself from the responsibility of South Australia's electricity crisis, their lame attempt to actually deal with it and then their pathetic plan to provide some answers.

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Children's Protection Law Reform (Transitional Arrangements and Related Amendments) Bill

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:34):  I rise to speak on the Children's Protection Law Reform (Transitional Arrangements and Related Amendments) Bill 2017. Essentially, the government requested a meeting yesterday to advise that they would seek to introduce this bill and further undertake procedural orders, as we have just done, to progress it through the House of Assembly forthwith on the basis that, firstly, we have somewhere between six and nine days left of parliamentary sitting for this session and, secondly, it is necessary to pass this legislation to give sufficient workable operation to primary legislation that has been passed in respect of child protection and child safety in the preceding few years. For that reason, we note some urgency if the bill is to have an application that is of some benefit to children as soon as practicable.

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Criminal Law Consolidation (Children and Vulnerable Adults) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:18):  In this case, we, the opposition, indicate our support for the bill and so I will be brief. We may need to look at some amendments in another place. We have not had extensive consultation with others, and we appreciate that we may only have six sitting days left, so we are trying to hastily deal with as many of these bills as possible to accommodate the government's agenda. Where they are good, obviously we want to ensure that that is followed.

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Summary Offences (Liquor Offences) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:04): I rise to speak as the lead and possibly the only speaker on the Summary Offences (Liquor Offences) Amendment Bill 2017. I indicate that, whilst we will be supporting the bill, there are two areas of amendment that we consider need to be addressed to implement this reform. This bill was introduced on 27 September by the Attorney-General to amend a number of acts but essentially in respect of the legislation for the sale and supply of liquor in specific communities.

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Women in Agriculture and Business

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:39):  I rise to support the motion congratulating Women in Agriculture and Business in South Australia on its centenary and acknowledge that I have been and remain a member for a very long time. In fact, my membership of this organisation predated my membership to the Country Women's Association, which I note the member for Light has addressed in his commentary.

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Victim Support Service

Grievance Debate

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:14):  Today, I want to refer to the Victim Support Service, an organisation which has been used by aspirants to join the Labor Party and to come into parliament, I think unfortunately quite contrary to the interests of that organisation. The Victim Support Service has been operating since 1979. It is an organisation that provides support and services to victims of crime. It provides counselling and support services and the like and operates to provide good work under the stewardship of a board. Two Labor aspirants, Ms Jayne Stinson and Ms Jo Chapley, until recently had positions on their board, as the chair and a board member respectively. This is what has happened in the Victim Support Service.

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Residential Parks (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (20:37):  I rise to speak on the Residential Parks (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2017. The bill was introduced by the minister in his role as Minister for Consumer and Business Services on 28 September. I will be the lead speaker and the member for Hammond will be a star performer in this debate and will be making a contribution. I know that you are going to be waiting with bated breath to hear that contribution, because I am sure it will be excellent.

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Work Health and Safety (Representative Assistance) Amendment Bill

Second reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:18): I rise to speak on the Work Health and Safety (Representative Assistance) Amendment Bill 2017 tabled here today and which originates with the Hon. Tammy Franks MLC in another place. As the Attorney has just pointed out, the bill attempts to remove a requirement for any qualifications or oversight of persons entering to provide safety assistance by way of the deletion of section 68(6) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012; that is the South Australian legislation. The effect of this will also remove the SafeWork SA Advisory Committee's role. Further, the bill would create what is effectively a right of entry provision that avoids the important checks and balances of the applicable right of entry laws, particularly that the persons are fit and proper.

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Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio No 3) Bill

Ms CHAPMAN:  I move:

That it be an instruction to the committee of the whole of the house, on the Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio No 3) Bill, that it have power to consider new clauses relating to the amendment of the Magistrates Court Act 1991 and the Remuneration Act 1990.

Motion carried.

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