Labour Hire Licensing Bill

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:47): I rise to speak on the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017. The bill was introduced by the Attorney-General on 8 August this year to provide for licensing and regulation of persons who provide labour hire services. Essentially, this requires a person who provides labour hire services to be licensed, with a fit and proper person test, and provides penalties, deregistration options, suspension and the like in the event of noncompliance with the act or standards set.

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Fines Enforcement and Debt Recovery Bill

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (19:34): I speak on the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Bill 2017 and indicate that I expect to be the one and only speaker for the opposition. Can I start by saying that this is a bill the Attorney-General introduced on 9 August 2017, and it is a bill that started out with some reasonable statements and aspirations of the government to strengthen the capacity of the recovery of expiation fees and fines and the like. It then had a very significant reform to provide for the recovery of civil debt owed to the public authorities via the unit, which was established under the legislation and the substantive legislation that it is amending.

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Statutes Amendment (SACAT NO 2) Bill

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:11): I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (SACAT No 2) Bill 2017. I expect that I will be the only speaker; nevertheless, my contribution might inspire others. I indicate that the opposition has considered the bill and, whilst we have a number of concerns about the existing operational performance of SACAT, and further that, as Judge Cole resigned some months ago and has not been replaced, the transfer of any further jurisdictions to SACAT raises a number of concerns, not because we do not support having a central administrative tribunal—and we have moved from the specialist model to a central model—but clearly if the government wished this tribunal to be effective and to have outcomes of which its reasonable aspirations had been expected, then frankly it has to have the appropriate resources to do it.

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Statutes Amendment (Youths Sentenced as Adults) Bill 2017

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:19): Thank you, Mr Speaker. I congratulate you on the passage of the preceding motion and trust that this will be very helpful in respect of the parliament in the future, together with the transparency, which is richly required.

I rise today to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Youths Sentenced as Adults) Bill 2017. Members I think should be reminded as to why we are here dealing with this legislation. In October 2016, a then 15-year-old boy caused the death of Mrs Nicole Tucker during an act of dangerous driving and was subsequently convicted of the same. This mother of two was the innocent victim in a horror crash, and I think comprehensively and universally the public were appalled.

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Statutes Amendment (Court Fees) Bill

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:40): I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Court Fees) Bill 2017 and indicate that the opposition will support the bill. Essentially, it is a bill that was introduced by the Attorney and is consequential upon the Courts Administration Council conducting a review of civil court fees. Apparently, that was at the request of the Attorney-General. It recommended that Magistrates Court applications be charged for their lodgement fees on a tiered basis. Essentially, that means the higher the claim the larger the fee that might apply towards the lodgement fee, even if that fee exceeds the administrative cost.

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Budget Measures Bill 2017

Ms CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (12:11): Yesterday, I outlined the shameful list of companies and enterprises in South Australia that have either collapsed, downsized or, for other economic reasons, shed multiple jobs in South Australia over the last 14 or 15 years. Quite clearly, the list during 2015 and 2016 and up to the beginning of this year was impressively and dangerously long. It was impressive to the extent that it was a sobering reminder to the people of South Australia of the financially perilous situation South Australia is in, in particular our larger and smaller business enterprises in the state.

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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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