Public Works Committee: Women's and Children's Hospital Upgrade Sustainment Program

Parliamentary Committees

I rise to speak on the report that has been received in respect of the Public Works Committee's approval and recommendation of the Women's and Children's Hospital upgrade. The member for Stuart, our Minister for Energy and Mining, has explained the significance of the Women's and Children's Hospital as a statewide service, which indeed it is, and I place on the record my appreciation to the many committees around country South Australia that still raise money for the Women's and Children's Hospital in recognition of the important services that are provided, including maternity, obstetrics, paediatrics and the like.

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Motor Vehicles (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I speak on the Motor Vehicles (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Bill, which has been introduced by the member for Reynell. It proposes a statutory remedy of quite offensive slogans that currently—I am aware of at least two—have been identified in South Australia in recent times. My understanding is that both registered vehicles are from Victoria, so the proposal, which the opposition would raise as a remedy, for a deregistration model of management of this issue is one which was a little puzzling to the government, given the capacity for it to be ineffective in relation to vehicles that come from another state.

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Statutes Amendment (Liquor Licensing) Bill

Second Reading

I wish to thank all speakers who have contributed to this debate on the Statutes Amendment (Liquor Licensing) Bill 2019 and, in particular, the indication from the member for Kaurna of the support of the opposition for this bill. In a most entertaining manner, the other contributors have educated me in relation to what opportunities I have all over South Australia, wherever their electorates are, in terms of where I might get good food and wine and beverage. So thank you very much.

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Christchurch Mosques Attack

Motions

I support the motion. I cannot overestimate the significance of a motion such as this and why it is so important that we stand beside our sister city of Christchurch: for the people of that city, and indeed the whole of New Zealand, in the pain that they are currently suffering; for those who are currently tending to the wounds of those who have been injured; and for those families and loved ones of the 50 innocent men, women and children who were slaughtered in the events of last Friday. These are adults who will never again see their partners, they are people who will not see their children grow up and they are children who will not grow up, all as a result of being peacefully in prayer at a time when their only guilt was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Criminal Law (High Risk Offenders) (Psychologists) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I thank the speakers who have made a contribution: firstly, the member for Kaurna who, on behalf of the opposition, has indicated their support of this bill, although he has identified some reservations; and the members for Kavel and Heysen, who elegantly added to the standard of the debate and gave valuable extra historical information, which I hope adds to the reassurance of the house of the significance of not only the principal legislation and the development of it but also why we are here today to amend it.

 

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Criminal Law (High Risk Offenders)(Psychologists) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Today, I introduce a bill to amend the Criminal Law (High Risk Offenders) Act 2015. This bill is intended to assist in alleviating some of the delays currently being experienced in providing forensic psychiatrist reports to the Supreme Court under the Criminal Law (High Risk Offenders) Act and the Sentencing Act 2017. The government recognises the importance of protecting the community from predators and will take all available steps to ensure South Australians are kept safe.

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Criminal Law Consolidation (Foster Parents and Other Positions of Authority) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I thank members of the house who have made a contribution to the debate on this matter and have reminded us that, whilst this is in a way a small amendment to very substantial law reform that we have previously dealt with, it is important. Members have taken the opportunity to reaffirm this parliament's universal condemnation of child exploitation and sexual manipulation. There has been a universal outcry at the exposure of children, particularly those who have been abused within a relationship with a person of authority.

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Equal Opportunity (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

This is a bill that adds domestic violence as a ground for discrimination under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, which can be considered by the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity should a complaint be made.

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Sentencing (Suspended and Community Based Custodial Sentences) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I was referring to the opposition's foreshadowed amendment, which persists in attempting to amend section 71 even further (and differently, really) than the government's proposed tightening of the application of this home detention position. With that, they had added to it an acknowledgement that there is an exception that needs to be taken into account, namely, that those who are engaged in young love—usually young teenagers—will, under the government's model, have some protection and be able to be considered differently if there is a three-year age gap between them.

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Sentencing (Suspended and Community Based Custodial Sentences) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I thank all members who have made a contribution to the debate in respect of the Sentencing (Suspended and Community Based Custodial Sentences) Amendment Bill 2019 for their very thoughtful consideration of the matters that have been raised and the ills that the bill proposes to address.

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