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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Royal Commissions (Extraterritorial Application) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

(Continued from 20 June 2018.)

I rise to speak on the Royal Commissions (Extraterritorial Application) Amendment Bill 2018. The government will not be supporting the bill. This is a bill presented by the opposition seeking to insert a new section 3A into the Royal Commissions Act 1917 to state:

This Act applies outside South Australia to the full extent of the extraterritorial legislative power of the Parliament.

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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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Justices of the Peace

Motion

I rise to indicate that I propose to move an amendment to the motion. I move:

Delete paragraphs (b) and (c) and insert:

(b) note the Attorney-General provides a certificate upon resignation after 20 or more years of service and upon reaching 50 years of service.

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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 It repealed and replaced the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988.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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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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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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Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio) Bill

Second Reading

The Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio) Bill 2018 makes miscellaneous amendments to various acts committed to the Attorney-General. It addresses a number of minor or technical issues that have been identified in legislation. In broad terms, this bill:

  • allows for additional time for a prosecution to be commenced where an enforcement determination is revoked by a court under the Fines Enforcement and Debt Recovery Act 2017 on the basis that the alleged offender did not have a reasonable opportunity to elect to be prosecuted;
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