Criminal Assets Confiscation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The bill I introduce today is the Criminal Assets Confiscation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2018. This bill retains three amendments from the Statues Amendment (Drug Offenders) Bill 2017, which lapsed when the parliament was prorogued in November 2017. At that time, when I was shadow attorney-general, the bill was put to the parliament with an additional proposed amendment. The bill included an amendment such that, if a person was seen entering or leaving premises which the police reasonably suspected as being used for the manufacture, distribution or storage of illicit substances or chemicals, then the police had the power to search that person and/or their vehicle.

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Summary Offences (Disrespectful Conduct in Court) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Summary Offences (Disrespectful Conduct in Court) Amendment Bill 2018 implements the Marshall government's commitment to amend the Summary Offences Act 1953 to make it a summary offence for a person who is a party to proceedings before a court to intentionally engage in disrespectful conduct before the court. The bill generally adopts the provisions of the Summary Offences (Disrespectful Conduct in Court) Amendment Bill 2016 with some amendment. The 2016 amendment bill was a private member's bill that I introduced into this house. It was read a second time but was ultimately defeated.

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Keogh Case

Ministerial Statement

On 2 July 2018, the Marshall Liberal government announced it will provide a $2.57 million ex gratia payment to Mr Henry Keogh. This settlement was made as a consequence of Mr Keogh's claim arising from a miscarriage of justice in respect of his 1996 conviction for murder. It was made on the basis of independent legal advice to senior counsel, independent of the Crown Solicitor's Office, and in the best interests of South Australian taxpayers.

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Road Traffic (Drug Testing) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 16 May 2018.)

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (10:31): I rise to speak on the bill introduced by the member and shadow minister for police, emergency services and correctional services in respect of an amendment to the Road Traffic Act. Members may not be aware that this was a matter under consideration in the prior government's legislation, which was proposed under the Statutes Amendment (Drink and Drug Driving) Bill 2017. This aspect of the bill, which is replicated in the bill before us, did not pass the parliament. Essentially, therefore, it did not introduce this initiative to allow for police searches of vehicles where a driver tests positive to a drug test. Members ought be aware that the bill otherwise passed in relation to amendments therein.

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Judicial Conduct Commissioner (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:54): The bill I introduce today makes miscellaneous amendments to the Judicial Conduct Commissioner Act 2015. The Judicial Conduct Commissioner Act was passed by parliament on 29 October 2015 and received royal assent on 5 November 2015. Since that date, the Governor has appointed the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, the Hon. Bruce Lander QC, as the first Judicial Conduct Commissioner, with the approval of the parliamentary Statutory Officers Committee.

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Limitations of Actions (Child Sexual Abuse) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:38): I am absolutely delighted to introduce the Limitation of Actions (Child Sexual Abuse) Amendment Bill 2018, which amends the Limitation of Actions Act 1936 and abolishes the limitation period for claims for compensation for victims of child sexual abuse.

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Criminal Law Consolidation (Dishonest Communication with Children) Amendment Bill - Second Reading (resumed on motion).

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading (resumed on motion).

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:45): I was indicating that under the Criminal Law Consolidation Act a number of offences have developed to deal with the protection of children and that, in particular, in addition to the amendments presented today, which expand the deception offences, there are a number of other provisions for protection. In particular, I refer to section 63B of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act, which sets out the offences that relate to procuring a child to commit an indecent act.

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Fair Trading (Ticket Scalping) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (16:28): I am very pleased to introduce the Fair Trading (Ticket Scalping) Amendment Bill 2018. We committed to taking a number of strong measures to increase consumer protection in relation to ticket scalping in South Australia. It was an election commitment and, once again, the Marshall government is delivering what it promised. Further, we committed to introducing this legislation within the first 100 days, and this is what we are doing. Along with amendments made to the same act to allow for extended gift card expiry dates, this important reform, for once, puts consumers first.

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Electoral (Prisoner Voting) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:40): I am pleased to introduce the Electoral (Prisoner Voting) Amendment Bill. As members know, the Marshall government has committed to introducing legislation to disqualify people who have committed serious offences from voting at South Australian state elections. This is a commitment that was taken to the 2018 election and affirms the position that people who commit a serious criminal offence should forfeit their democratic right to participate in state elections.

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Criminal Procedure (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (16:44): This bill seeks to remedy a number of unintended consequences of major indictable reforms introduced by the former government in the Summary Procedure (Indictable Offences) Amendment Act 2017. The act became operative on 5 March 2018. I say 'unintended' on the basis that we are advised that the matters that have come to light would not have been known to the previous government, so we are not in any way reflecting on their progressing of the original bill in respect of these deficiencies.

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