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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Labour Hire Licensing Repeal Bill

Second Reading

I wish to thank members for their contributions to this debate. Some were lively, some entertaining, some less helpful, some significant and some that I thought were going to cause some health problems for some of the contributors. Nevertheless, I am pleased to see that those sitting immediately adjacent to me are still alive.

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Public Works Committee: Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail Restoration

Motion

I rise to speak to the report of the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit Trail Restoration Works Project. I thank members of the Public Works Committee, including of course the new Chair, the member for Kavel. I appreciate the contribution they have made to the parliament. Clearly, they are active and passionate in their work on the Public Works Committee, which personally I think is one of the most important committees that we have in the parliament. They have undertaken their role of scrutinising this project so that it not only be fit for purpose but be of public value and, of course, value for money.

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Statutes Amendment (Liquor Licensing) Bill

Second Reading

Today, the government introduces the Statutes Amendment (Liquor Licensing) Bill 2019 to make two amendments to legislation to support the ongoing implementation of the review into the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 conducted in 2016 by the Hon. Mr Tim Anderson QC. As members would be aware, in 2017 the former government commenced the Liquor Review Act, giving effect to recommendations of the Anderson review.

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Sentencing (Suspended and Community Based Custodial Sentences) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Concerns have been raised in the media and in parliament regarding the categories of offenders in relation to whom home detention is available as a sentencing option for the court under the Sentencing Act 2017 (the Sentencing Act).

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TAFE SA Reviews

Motion

I rise to support the motion and to thank the member for Heysen for bringing it before the parliament. I oppose the amendment that has been submitted.

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Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Motion

I rise to speak on the motion and am very pleased to support the same. First, I will address the Productivity Commission report, which was prepared in late January. It was a report considering the halfway point of a 12-year implementation program of the basin plan, which is required under the legislation. It provided 29 findings on the progress of the plan to date and 37 recommendations.

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Independent Education Inquiry

Ministerial Statement

In November 2012, the former state government asked former Supreme Court justice the Hon. Bruce Debelle AO QC to conduct an independent inquiry into the handling of the response to the indecent assault of a child by an out-of-school-hours care staff member at a western suburbs school. The inquiry was subsequently converted into a royal commission.

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South Australian Employment Tribunal (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I was saying that the Law Society had identified an alternative way to remedy the defect that would prevail if we have interjurisdictional matters, and that was essentially to have a wholesale rewrite of the act. That is something we are looking at because of the matters I had raised prior to the luncheon adjournment. In any event, may I place on the record the government's appreciation of the dedicated service of Mr Tim Mellor during this year, for his presidency of the Law Society and the advice that he has provided to the government as president, particularly to the advancement of legislation, reform and matters that are significant to the legal profession in its operation. We value that advice.

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