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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Bass, Mr Rodney Piers (Sam)

Condolence

I thank both of the lead speakers to this motion, and support the same, and thank them for also acknowledging Sam's work in the South Australian police force. Certainly, when he came to us in 1993 and sought preselection for the seat of Florey he was perhaps best described as an unconventional candidate. Obviously, his work—not because he was in the police force but because of the nature of his work, including covert surveillance work, the difficult task of dealing with organised crime and his preparedness to go under cover and actually put himself at risk in a number of those circumstances—did mean that he would brush up against a number of national and state agencies of inquiry.

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Public Finance and Audit (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

This bill proposes to improve the timeliness and effectiveness of reporting by the Auditor-General and to simplify publication and administration. I place on the record my appreciation for the work of the Auditor-General and his office in service to this parliament and, of course, to ensure that we are kept informed as to his work and that of his office and, in addition to that, how we might improve his statute.

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Terrorism (Police Powers) (Use of Force) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I would like to commence by thanking all speakers who have contributed to the debate on the Terrorism (Police Powers) (Use of Force) Amendment Bill 2018. A number of matters were raised by the shadow minister, which I will endeavour to clarify as quickly as possible, but perhaps I will first address the member for Enfield's contribution, for which I thank him. Unfortunately, this issue had not been resolved under the previous government.

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Condous, Mr S.G.

Condolence

I rise to support the motion and extend my condolences to Angela and their beautiful daughter on the passing of Steve Condous. My only regret in speaking on this today is that, for the one time, perhaps in all the time I have been in parliament, I wish for the former member for Croydon (Hon. Michael Atkinson) to be here. This is probably the one issue on which we would agree; that is, Steve Condous made a colourful and significant contribution to public life in the City of Adelaide and its surrounds, ultimately as the member for Colton in this parliament.

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Criminal Assets Confiscation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I thank the members for their contributions to this debate and, in particular, acknowledge the support of the opposition representative to the bill. The matters raised by the opposition require some comment and I will attempt to identify some of the aspects without traversing all the debate in relation to confiscation law.

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Children in State Care Apology

Motion

I rise to speak in support of the motion presented by the member for Badcoe and acknowledge the contributions made by other speakers, including the Premier and Leader of the Opposition, in recognition of 17 June 2018 being 10 years since the apology was given. Can I just say though that, like the member for Cheltenham, I have been here for 16 years as well, but I do not have a view on this matter that is quite as 'skip through the wildflowers' or some sort of 'tiptoe through the tulips' that is being presented in respect of the celebration of 10 years since the apology.

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

Second Reading

The government is pleased to introduce the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018. This bill reflects the commitment made by the South Australian government in May this year to participate in the National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. Its passage will enable and support the full implementation of the National Redress Scheme in South Australia, and the consistent operation of that scheme around the country.

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Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill 2018. In doing so, I would first like to acknowledge the provision in the Constitution Act 1934 and in particular section 64A, which was inserted in 1980. It was designed to provide a constitutional guarantee for the continuance of local government in this state.

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State Records of South Australia

Ministerial Statement

State Records of South Australia is the government archive responsible for managing an archival collection that comprises approximately 90,000 linear metres of official government records of historical value, dating from the 1830s to the current day. Access to the archival collection by interested bodies and government agencies has traditionally been provided in person at State Records, now all at the Gepps Cross research centre.

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