Cornwall, Dr J.R.

Condolence

I rise to support the motion presented by the Premier and supported by the Leader of the Opposition in recognition of Dr John Cornwall. His contribution as a minister in difficult portfolios should not go unnoticed, the details of which have been outlined by the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition. However, I think it is fair to say that one of the most difficult areas of public life, which I am sure the Minister for Child Protection recognises, is to deal with the welfare of the community and those who are most vulnerable, in particular in relation to child protection.

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Summary Offences (Liquor Offences) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The government is today introducing the Summary Offences (Liquor Offences) Amendment Bill 2018. Members may be aware that this bill has previously been before the parliament in a different life, with broader powers for the search of vehicles in specific areas. Notably, the broad search provisions the former government heavily favoured have not made their way into this bill.

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Sentencing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Today, I introduce a bill to amend the Sentencing Act 2017. This act commenced on 30 April 2018. It repealed and replaced the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988. Our judiciary and legal profession are still coming to terms with the extensive changes from the new sentencing regime in the short time that it has been in operation. Amongst other things, the Sentencing Act introduced amendments to home detention provisions contained in the repealed act, to preclude a home detention order as a sentencing option for certain offences. These include where an adult is sentenced for 'serious sexual offences' (if the maximum penalty is at least five years' imprisonment) and 'serious and organised crime offences'.

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Residential Parks (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Members will recall that this bill passed the House of Assembly last year with support from both sides of the chamber but lapsed in the other place due to the prorogation of parliament. The Residential Parks Act 2007, which I will hereafter refer to as 'the act', regulates the relationship between park owners and park residents. When the act was originally passed, caravans and other demountable and movable structures were envisaged; however, a variety of additional accommodation options now exist, ranging from annexes through to manufactured homes. Whilst residents own their own homes, there are no ongoing fees for residing in a residential park except for the lease of the land, unlike retirement villages. Also unlike retirement villages, the property interest can be transferred.

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Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio) Bill

Second Reading

I wish to make a few observations in light of some matters raised by the member for Ramsay. Before I do that may I thank her for indicating general support for the amendments proposed in this bill on multiple matters. I also thank my colleagues, the members for Kavel and Heysen respectively, for their contribution and continued interest in all matters relating to the Attorney-General's law reform. I find it a valuable addition to have fresh eyes on a number of these things, and I thank them for their diligent work.

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National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill

Second Reading

I thank all those members who have contributed to the debate on this bill and in particular those members who attended briefings offered by my office and the Attorney-General's Department in relation to the bill and the National Redress Scheme more generally. Those briefings gave rise to a number of questions from members in relation to the operation of the National Redress Scheme which have already been responded to.

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R U OK? Day

Motion

May I first commend you (Sam Duluk MP), as Acting Speaker, for moving this motion and indicate my overwhelming support for it. I would also like to acknowledge the Hon. John Dawkins in another place, whom the Premier has appointed as his own advocate to investigate and deal with suicide prevention by way of consultation and reporting back. This is a very important issue for the government. It is a very important matter that has taken a long time—in fact, centuries—to come out from behind cover and be dealt with.

 

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Gambling Regulation Review

Ministerial Statement

On 26 September 2016, the former government approved an administrative review of the regulations controlling commercial gambling in South Australia and the appointment of retired Supreme Court judge, Tim Anderson QC, to undertake the review. Today, I table that review in parliament. The review makes a number of conclusions regarding regulatory options for South Australia, the regulatory model, the oversight of commercial gambling and the not-for-profit sector.

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Correctional Services (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the bill to amend the Correctional Services Act. The bill essentially makes provision for the undertaking of drug testing in respect of the workforce in our prisons and, importantly, to provide for the enforcement to restrict visitation by way of prohibition to those who may be associated with serious and organised crime. These are important initiatives. They are consistent with an election commitment of the government. I commend both speakers and, in particular, the minister for promptly bringing this matter before the house so that it can be advanced.

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Statutes Amendment (Drug Offences) Bill

Second Reading

I thank members for their contributions and the member for Elizabeth for his indication, on behalf of the opposition, of the general support to the thrust of this bill, upon noting a foreshadowed amendment, which he welcomes. May I say that, if I were to generally summarise the impetus for the reform in this legislation, it is the recognition that cannabis, amongst all our elicit drugs can no longer, in 2018, be treated as though it is something just a little bit more serious than tobacco.

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