CONSTITUTION (GOVERNOR'S SALARY) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:00): I rise to speak on the Constitution (Governor's Salary) Amendment Bill 2015. This is a bill which, members might like to note, is particularly important. One, it is amending our state's Constitution Act 1936, and that does not happen very often. On this occasion, it is to make provision for how in the future our Governor's remuneration will be determined, and that is also a very important matter. It is a bill amending the act to refer the matter of the Governor's remuneration to the Remuneration Tribunal. It is claimed that this would allow the Governor, like other significant officeholders such as members of the judiciary and, indeed, ourselves as members of the legislature, to have the benefit of establishing appropriate salary arrangements, including superannuation and salary sacrificing.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (FIREARMS OFFENCES) BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 1 July 2015.)

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:29): I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Firearms Offences) Bill 2015. Unsurprisingly, the public were outraged to hear of the 2012 New Year's Eve murder of Lewis McPherson, and many questions were asked: how could a 17- year-old Liam Humbles get hold of a gun and then go out in a drunken and drugged state and murder this young man Lewis McPherson? Apart from being what was on the face of it a senseless and devastating act, of course it had very real consequences and was a great tragedy for the family of Lewis.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (TERRORISM) BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 9 September 2015.)

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:24): I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2015, which was introduced by the Attorney to our house on 8 September this year. Since that time I note that there have been significant events in Canberra, and although there has not been a change to the Attorney-General's position, or indeed to the Minister for Justice, under the changed cabinet arrangements I do note that the Minister for Defence has changed. We now have Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, who was sworn in this week as our new defence minister.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (SERIOUS AND ORGANISED CRIME) BILL

Final Stages

Ms CHAPMAN: I thank the member for Heysen for her contribution in representing what I think is a pure and principled position. I have high regard for her and that position. In doing so, I acknowledge the Minister for Health's commendation of the Leader of the Opposition in working with the government to reach a resolution of how we might deal with a scourge in our community and in particular the operation of organised crime via outlaw motorcycle gangs, as they are known, 10 of which will with the passage of this bill automatically be declared criminal organisations.

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BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES REGISTRATION (CHANGE OF NAME) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 1 July 2015.)

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:19): I rise to speak on the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Change of Name) Amendment Bill 2015 introduced by the Attorney-General on 1 July 2015, and I indicate that I am the lead speaker on behalf of the opposition. I indicate that we will be supporting this bill and thank members of the Attorney's office who provided briefings on the same to Mr Wallbridge of my office.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (SERIOUS AND ORGANISED CRIME) BILL 16 June 2015

Second Reading 

Adjourned debate on second reading. 

(Continued from 3 June 2015.) 

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:09): I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Bill 2015 and indicate to the house that the opposition, consistent with supporting the government in ensuring that we do deal with organised crime, will support the passage of this bill through this house.

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INTERVENTION ORDERS (PREVENTION OF ABUSE) (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:48): I rise to speak on the Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015, and indicate that I will be the lead speaker for the opposition. I confirm that the opposition will be supporting this bill which, essentially, provides amendment following the request for clarification by various agencies in the field to the Intervention (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT (VULNERABLE WITNESSES) BILL

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:31): I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses) Bill 2015. This bill was tabled on 6 May by the Attorney-General and it has been listed for progress today. I have appreciated the availability of Ms Amelia Cairney, Mr Stephen Brock and Fiona Snodgrass in two separate briefings on this matter, one to outline the legal amendments and the second to look at the implementation arrangements, particularly the tenders for specialty training for the new initiative in this bill, which, of course, is the establishment of communication assistance. I thank them for that, but we are being asked to progress this bill in the absence of hearing from some of the usual stakeholders.

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CHILDREN'S PROTECTION (IMPLEMENTATION OF CORONER'S RECOMMENDATIONS) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:49): I consider it quite a privilege to have been the lead speaker in this matter on behalf of the opposition, because one of the important responsibilities for any parliament is to ensure that our most vulnerable are protected. My greatest concern about this bill is that it has been introduced following the flood of embarrassment that this government has had to face as a result of a penetrating and very important report by the State Coroner.

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CHILDREN'S PROTECTION (IMPLEMENTATION OF CORONER'S RECOMMENDATIONS) AMENDMENT BILL 2 June 2015

Second Reading

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:02): I rise to speak on the Children's Protection (Implementation of Coroner's Recommendations) Amendment Bill 2015 and indicate that I will be the lead speaker. The bill comes before the house and, according to the Attorney-General and now the newly appointed Minister for Child Protection Reform, as a result of a cabinet meeting following a damning report from the State Coroner, Mark Johns, arising out of the death of Chloe Valentine. Before I address that in particular, I propose to outline to the house the reports that preceded the tabling of that report and, indeed, what became the subject of public discourse and condemnation, media coverage and questioning here in the parliament.

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