National Redress Scheme

Ministerial Statement

Yesterday, the South Australian government confirmed support for and opted into the commonwealth's National Redress Scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse. For survivors of institutional abuse, this is an acknowledgement of the inexcusable crimes committed against them and a demonstration of support from the Liberal government, to provide financial compensation and emotional assistance.

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Sentencing (Release on Licence) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (11:03): I introduce this bill, which amends the Sentencing Act 2017, to strengthen the provisions relating to the release of convicted sex offenders who are incapable of controlling, or who are unwilling to control, their sexual instincts. Members will appreciate that amendments have been required as a result of the application for release on licence granted by the Supreme Court on 27 March this year. The Director of Public Prosecutions appealed that decision and the matter was heard on Wednesday 23 May. No decision has been delivered as yet, and there is no indication that the Full Court will deliver their decision this week, but the government needs to be prepared, and is therefore prepared for, the consequences of an unsuccessful appeal.

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Supply Bill 2018

Supply Grievances

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (16:09): It is with pleasure that I speak in a grievance to this debate and remind members of the importance of the passage of the Supply Bill. Obviously, the funds are necessary to provide the continued services of the public sector, including contractual services. As a member of the new Marshall government, we are committed to act responsibly and to earn the respect of the people of South Australia.

 

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Fair Trading (Gift Cards) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (16:06): Today, I am pleased to introduce the first of two pieces of legislation which explicitly put the power back in shoppers' hands and reform our current consumer protections. The bill amends the Fair Trading Act 1987 to require that any gift cards sold in South Australia must have a minimum expiry date of three years. This policy was overwhelmingly supported throughout this year's state election and is part of the Marshall government's 100-day plan.

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Public Interest Disclosure Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:40): Today, I introduce the Public Interest Disclosure Bill 2018. This bill, coupled with the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Investigation Powers) Amendment Bill and the Evidence (Journalists) Amendment Bill are important parts of the Marshall Liberal government's transparency and accountability agenda that prioritise open and public hearings in maladministration matters and protect journalists from disclosing their sources in the public interest.

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Criminal Law Consolidation (Children and Vulnerable Adults) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:52): Today, the government reintroduces into parliament the Criminal Law Consolidation (Children and Vulnerable Adults) Amendment Bill, a bill that lapsed on the dissolution of the last parliament, but one which the then opposition supported and attempted to swiftly move through the houses. Disappointingly, at the end of 2017 other legislative priorities were placed above those of children and vulnerable adults by the former government. Much like the failings of the former government with children in their state care, we saw a failure to ensure that this legislation was made a priority and passed urgently.

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Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Investigation Powers) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (16:05): I am pleased to introduce this bill, which amends the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (the ICAC Act), as a demonstration of the government's committal to address the need for transparent justice in South Australia when investigating serious and systemic maladministration and misconduct in public administration.

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Evidence (Journalists) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:47): I am pleased and proud to introduce the Evidence (Journalists) Amendment Bill 2018. The bill amends the Evidence Act 1929 to introduce a default position that journalists cannot be compelled to answer a question or produce any document that may disclose the identity of a confidential informant—joyous news to journalists in South Australia. Communications with journalists do not enjoy any special privilege under the common law in Australia, and there is High Court authority to this effect.

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Criminal Law Consolidation (Dishonest Communication with Children) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

The Hon. V.A. CHAPMAN (Bragg—Deputy Premier, Attorney-General) (15:58): The Criminal Law Consolidation (Dishonest Communication With Children) Amendment Bill 2018 amends the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 to include two new offences to apply where an adult communicates with a child and lies about their age or identity seeking to meet with the child or with the intent to commit an offence against that child. Serious penalties will apply.

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Independent Commission Against Corruption

Ministerial Statement

The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, Mr Bruce Lander QC, has announced his intention to commence an evaluation of the practices, policies and procedures of SafeWork SA. The ICAC is tasked by section 7(1)(d) of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 with undertaking such evaluations. These evaluations are separate to investigations by the ICAC into alleged corruption, misconduct or maladministration in public administration and are of a broader scope.

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