Appropriation Bill 2017

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:23): I rise to speak on the Appropriation Bill, which comes before us subsequent to the estimates process. This is a process in which the minister responsible for portfolios presents to a committee of the parliament, usually with a significant number of senior advisers from their department or areas of responsibility, to provide information to the parliament, via this committee, arising out of the budget of that year.

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Palestine

Ms CHAPMAN ( BraggDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:26): I rise to speak on the now amended motion of the member for Light, and I indicate that, as he has been newly elected as the co-convener with me of the Parliamentary Friends of Palestine, I publicly acknowledge that and congratulate him on that appointment. I thank him for stepping forward to deal with what is a continued difficulty, at the very least, which is the kindest way I can describe it, in respect of the plight of Palestinians, which, as outlined by other speakers, has occurred over a number of decades.

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Industry Advocate Bill

Ms CHAPMAN ( BraggDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:15): I rise to speak on the Industry Advocate Bill of 2017 and acknowledge the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer's introduction of the bill on 31 May. It had a gestation period of consultation over a number of months and follows the government's announcement that they would initiate this statutory body. Essentially, the bill proposes to enshrine the role of the Industry Advocate by statute.

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Land Agents (Registration Of Property Managers And Other Matters) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN ( BraggDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:55): I rise to speak on the Land Agents (Registration of Property Managers and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2017— 

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: As lead speaker? 

Ms CHAPMAN: —as lead speaker. This was a bill introduced by the Minister for Consumer and Business Services, otherwise known as the Attorney-General, on 31 May this year to amend the Land Agents Act of 1994. In addition to my duties as shadow attorney, I was recently appointed to assume responsibility as spokesperson for the opposition on consumer and business services. It has been a busy period, I must say, with liquor licensing and other matters to be attended to.

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Summary Offences (Interviewing Vulnerable Witnesses) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:36): I rise as lead speaker to speak on the Summary Offences (Interviewing Vulnerable Witnesses) Amendment Bill 2017, introduced by the Attorney on 31 May this year, to amend the Summary Offences Act. The government claims that this addresses a potential gap in the legislation, that is, the Statutes Amendments (Vulnerable Witnesses) Act 2015, arising from a recent Supreme Court case, and in respect of the application of current practices of the police. On this side of the house, we will not be opposing this bill that has the effect of allowing in all cases where there is a vulnerable witness—that is, essentially, a person under 14 years of age or someone who has a cognitive impairment—that witness being able to give their evidence-in-chief via video evidence.

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Bail (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN ( BraggDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:11): I rise to speak on the Bail (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2017, introduced by the Attorney-General on 31 May—not to be confused with the speech just given by the Attorney in respect of amendments to the Bail Act bill, which relate to terrorism matters. This is a bill that amends the Bail Act to deal with some relatively minor matters that need the statutory attention of the parliament.

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ICAC (Serious and Systemic Maladministration or Misconduct) Amendment Bill 2017

INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION (SERIOUS OR SYSTEMIC MISCONDUCT OR MALADMINISTRATION) AMENDMENT BILL 

In presenting this bill to the parliament, I confirm the opposition's position that we should deal with an amendment to the principal act. The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act is legislation that provides for an Independent Commission Against Corruption. We now know that Mr Bruce Lander QC has taken the view during his term in office that some amendments need to be made, and where those amendments that are of merit have been presented to the parliament by the government or by us we have supported them. 

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Liquor Licensing (Liquor Review) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:18): I rise to speak on the Liquor Licensing (Liquor Review) Amendment Bill 2017. I indicate that the opposition will be presenting three amendments to the bill, but otherwise will be accepting the bill before us. As has been pointed out, on 29 March this year the Attorney-General introduced the bill to amend our liquor licensing regime under the current act of 1997.

 

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Grievance Debate - Oakden Mental Health Facility

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:08): Today, I wish to acknowledge the late Bob Spriggs for his courageous fight in his treatment and ultimate passing after the experience at the Oakden facility. He, of course, suffered treatment that was not only indecent but criminal in respect of the 10 times prescribed medication overdose and the unexplained bruising when he was admitted to hospital. I also wish to acknowledge Mr Maurice Corcoran, the Principal Community Visitor, who, in his annual report in 2016 to this parliament, shone a light on the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service and the scandalous misconduct that was going to be investigated. 

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Return To Work Corporation Of South Australia (Crown Claims Management) Amendment Bill

Ms CHAPMAN ( BraggDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:31): I rise to speak on the Return to Work Corporation of South Australia (Crown Claims Management) Amendment Bill 2017. I am sure the Attorney will be pleased to know that I wish to make a contribution on this matter. 

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