SENTENCING (REDUCTION OF SENTENCES) AMENDMENT BILL

I propose to make a contribution in relation to this legislation. It has been introduced to accede to at least one part of the recommendations of the Hon. Brian Martin, AO QC, in a report that he provided in 2020, on instruction from the government, to investigate and report on and provide material as to the current circumstances interstate, and generally to consult with stakeholders and victims advocacy agencies, together with any members of the public. That report has been published by the government.

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DEFAMATION (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

I am pleased to introduce the Defamation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020, which amends the Defamation Act 2005 and the Limitation of Actions Act 1936. The bill has been developed thanks to the significant work and cooperation between all Australian jurisdictions and represents the first substantial amendment to the Defamation Act since it was passed. This is a major milestone in Australian defamation law.

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STATE PROCUREMENT REPEAL BILL

The South Australian government spends over $11 billion a year on purchasing goods, services and construction projects. This spending underpins the provision of critical public services and has a significant impact on employment, business activity and investment in the state. The government is committed to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of our policies and practices for procurement, maximising value for money and improving local industry and social outcomes.

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COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE (EXPIRY AND RENT) AMENDMENT BILL

On behalf of the Marshall Liberal government, I am pleased to introduce the COVID-19 Emergency Response (Expiry and Rent) Amendment Bill 2020. As the COVID-19 public health emergency unfolded, it quickly became clear that many everyday practices needed to be adapted so that we could continue doing business while maintaining physical distancing and reduced movement.

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COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE (FURTHER MEASURES) (NO. 2) AMENDMENT BILL

The COVID-19 Emergency Response (Further Measures) (No. 2) Amendment Bill 2020 continues the Marshall Liberal government's approach of constantly strengthening the legislative framework underpinning the COVID-19 response.

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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (QUARANTINE FEES AND PENALTY) AMENDMENT BILL

This bill makes two important changes to the Emergency Management Act 2004: firstly, to allow a fee to be charged to arrivals from interstate and overseas for their hotel quarantine and to further incorporate the inclusion of a maximum penalty of two years' imprisonment for those who have found to have breached a direction of the Coordinator.

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RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL LEASES (DESIGNATED ANCHOR LEASE) AMENDMENT BILL

I rise to speak on the member for Florey's private member's bill, which was introduced to insert a new hardship provision into the Retail and Commercial Leases Act specifically for retail shop leases that are designated shopping centres, to include an anchor tenant, such as shopping centres, department stores or cinemas.

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FIRST HOME AND HOUSING CONSTRUCTION GRANTS (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

This bill implements the commonwealth government's HomeBuilder grant scheme in South Australia and incorporates amendments to the First Home and Housing Construction Grants Act 2000 (the FHOG Act) relating to objection and debt recovery provisions. The commonwealth HomeBuilder scheme provides grants of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home where the contract has been entered into between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020.

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Members' Remarks

Today, I place on the record my sincere sympathies to the family of the woman whose death, and allegations surrounding her death, was raised in the parliament by the member for Hurtle Vale yesterday, and the circumstances of her history being thrown into the media spotlight. I say that because there have been further questions raised today and allegations made by the member for West Torrens and the member for Hurtle Vale in relation to the alleged reliability of statements that have been made to the media on behalf of the family yesterday.

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Fair Trading (Fuel Pricing Information) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

In the absence of any other speakers, I wish to make a few comments. Firstly, of course I thank all members for their contribution on the bill. I do not think there is any question that everyone in this parliament understands the significance of the cost of fuel within family budgets, at a personal level and also the cost to business. Energy and fuel costs are a significant component, and they need to have the attention of us here in the parliament. Just like water—for which the government has been very keen to introduce reductions—power prices and the like, fuel is another cost of living and a cost to business that we have to keep an eye on.

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