Road Traffic (Evidentiary Provisions) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the amending bill to the Road Traffic Act 1961 to deal with the Lidar traffic speed analysers. I do not think I have actually ever seen one of these, but I understand that we have 190 of them in South Australia and that they are used to aid and support the detection and ultimate prosecution of speeding users of the road. That is not to say that I am not without some fault in this area. I am probably South Australia's worst driver, so I will not be talking about driving records.

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Sports Betting

Ministerial Statement

Under section 4 of the Authorised Betting Operations Act 2000, betting operators who are licensed or authorised to operate in South Australia may only accept bets on approved contingencies. It is illegal for them to take a bet from a person on anything other than an approved contingency. The acceptance of bets that are not approved contingencies is an offence and may lead to statutory default action, including a fine or loss of licence or authorisation.

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Joint Committee on the 125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage

Parliamentary Committees

I support this motion to receive and note the report of the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage, entitled Interim Report. It has the interesting fore-quote from Tennyson's The Princess: 'The woman's cause is man's: they rise or sink together, dwarfed or godlike, bond or free.' How apt.

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

Second Reading

The bill amends the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (CLCA) to address an issue that has been identified which may impact on the ability to prosecute foster-parents and residential care workers for sexual abuse of children in their care in certain circumstances.

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Labour Hire Licensing Repeal Bill

Second Reading

The Labour Hire Licensing Repeal Bill 2018 repeals the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 introduced by the former government. The act currently requires anyone who provides labour hire in South Australia to be licensed. However, since the commencement of the licensing scheme, the government has received numerous complaints about the scheme's scope and application.

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Women in Agriculture

Motion

I move:

That this house—

(a) raises awareness of the important role women play in agribusiness and in regional South Australia, especially in leadership roles;

(b) notes that women are occupying an increasing number of diverse roles in agribusiness; and

(c) recognises that South Australia continues to encourage more women to pursue careers in agriculture and horticulture as the world's growing demand for our food continues to rise.

 

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Phoenixing

Ministerial Statement

Today, I am pleased to indicate the government's support for the commonwealth Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2018. Phoenixing activity is not defined in legislation and can encompass both legitimate business rescue activity and the use of serial deliberate insolvency as a business model to avoid paying company debts.

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Health and Community Services Complaints (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I just want to make a small contribution in relation the bill. I commend the work that has been done in the preparation of this bill, particularly the committee of inquiry, to deal with this question of those who purport to practise. As the Minister for Consumer and Business Services, I have to consider regulation of a lot of professions, and this is one of them. Medical and health practice is a serious profession that has serious consequences if it is not administered safely.

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Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak to the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill 2018. This is a bill to amend the Mining Act 1971, the Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920 and the Opal Mining Act 1995.

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Surrogacy Reform

Ministerial Statement

Surrogacy is the practice of a woman becoming pregnant with a child who may or may not be genetically related to her, carrying the pregnancy and giving birth to the child for another family, who may then become the legal parents of the child. Surrogacy is a complex and sensitive subject that raises many ethical, legal and other issues and implications. It is a topic that attracts strong and often conflicting views.

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