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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South Australian Employment Tribunal (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The legislative amendments contained in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2018 relate to the exercise of the jurisdiction of the South Australian Employment Tribunal to hear federal diversity jurisdiction matters. The bill addresses the constitutional issue raised in the recent High Court decision of Burns v Corbett [2018] HCA 15. That decision applies to prevent bodies that are not courts of the state from exercising federal judicial power in relation to federal diversity matters, namely, those in which the commonwealth, or a person suing or being sued on behalf of the commonwealth, is a party, or between states, between residents of different states or between a state and a resident of another state.

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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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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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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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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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