Grievance Debate - Labor Government

Ms CHAPMAN ( BraggDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:09): The last time I stood and talked about the Labor Party's plans to get rid of the honourable member for Croydon and his replacement to become the Labor leader, I was talking about the Hon. Peter Malinauskas. Well, here we are. That was back in December and, despite rumours whizzing around faster than the Premier's wind farms, Labor members said that was not going to happen, that notwithstanding the rumours that was not going to happen. Well, it is February and guess what? It is happening.

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ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS (LEGAL PROCEEDINGS) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 1 December 2016.)

Ms CHAPMAN: ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:13): Again, I regret to inform the house that the—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Sorry, deputy leader, are you the lead speaker?

Ms CHAPMAN: I am and, I think, probably the only one. I regret to inform the house that this bill—the second on the reopening of the parliamentary year—is laced with conduct by the Attorney that I consider to be reprehensible and, indeed, a repeat of the contempt for the parliament.

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Labor Government

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:13): It is the first day of summer and the last day of parliament that we are going to be sitting this year. There may be some surprises coming for the member for Croydon because our corridors are now alive with the rumour that today, when we are planning to pack up our books and leave the chamber for the year, his seat is going to be the receptacle for the new premier. 

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ELECTORAL (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 30 November 2016.)

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:10): I rise to speak on the Electoral (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016. The parliament has received and dealt with the Electoral (Funding, Expenditure and Disclosure) Amendment Bill 2016. When I say that it has been dealt with, my understanding is that the bill, which related to the new model of public funding for elections and the associated disclosure and expenditure matters, is following its way through the Legislative Council. Because the new model of funding for elections is proposed to be introduced effective in the lead-up to and to apply during the 2018 state election, it was important that it be progressed separately from other significant reforms the government has announced it will proceed with.

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ELECTORAL (LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL VOTING) (VOTER CHOICE) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 16 November 2016.)

Ms CHAPMAN: That is not to say that it does not have room for improvement, and the member for Davenport interjected to talk about terms of office and length of time. That may be something that needs to be looked at but, dealing with the issue of harvesting, it seems as though a consideration of the optional preferential models could be explored, and we should explore it.

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VALEDICTORIES

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (18:23): May I, on indulgence, indicate from the opposition that on these occasions we wish to pay respect to and record our appreciation for those who serve South Australia by working very hard in this parliament. I think there are some 300 people who work directly to support the operation of the parliament and so on these occasions we want to particularly recognise them, and also those who, like us, come and go—we are able to recognise our colleagues and those who work with us.

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SUMMARY OFFENCES (DISRESPECTFUL CONDUCT IN COURT) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 7 July 2016.)

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:09): I thank the member for Kaurna for making a contribution and identifying the government's position on this, because clearly it seals the fate of this bill. However, I want to place three things on the record.

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DEFENCE RESERVES MOTION

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (11:30): I move: That this house—

(a) acknowledges the contribution of the Defence Reserves Support Council (SA), Air Force, Army and Navy reservists and employers of reservists;

(b) acknowledges the contribution of Dr Pamela Schulz OAM as the recently retired chair of the council;

(c) congratulates Dr Andrew Cannon AM as the new chair of the council;

(d) recognises the contribution of reservists, in war and peace, locally, nationally and internationally, and including the Sampson Flat bushfires; and

(e) appreciates the support of the employers of reservists to facilitate their contribution.

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ELECTORAL (FUNDING, EXPENDITURE AND DISCLOSURE) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 2 November 2016.)

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:37): I rise to speak to the Electoral (Funding, Expenditure and Disclosure) Amendment Bill and expect to be the only speaker in the opposition. The matter of substance, namely the Electoral Act, the actual law we are amending, relates to the Electoral (Funding, Expenditure and Disclosure) Amendment Act 2013, the effect of which was to provide for the rules and regulations surrounding the entitlement of political parties to access public funding for election campaigns, and the obligations of disclosure and expenditure capping that were prerequisites to being eligible for the said public funding.

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BIOLOGICAL CONTROL (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 22 September 2016.)

Ms CHAPMAN ( Bragg—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:04): I rise to speak on the Biological Control (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016, which essentially makes amendments to our Biological Control Act 1986. Why is this so important? Because the area that has not been canvassed to date by either the proponents of this bill or indeed the opposition's position, as ably presented by the member for Hammond, and taking into account that the principal act of 1986 was established with a clear understanding and knowledge of the interests of the Australian economy and the general protection of the Australian environment, it is the necessity to implement and have an ongoing scheme for the biological control of pests across the states and territories.

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