Public Trustee (Public Trustee and Guardian) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Firstly, I thank both the member for Kaurna from the opposition and the member for Heysen for their contributions. Restructuring government entities is sometimes of great interest to members in the parliament, but often not, so I appreciate the attention that has been given by two of our members to this.

 

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Equal Opportunity (Parliament) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I am pleased today to introduce the Equal Opportunity (Parliament) Amendment Bill 2020, and I commend in opening the groundbreaking work of the late Hon. David Tonkin, who introduced the first equal opportunity law in Australia, in South Australia, after he became the member for Bragg in 1970. Whilst there was a government change shortly after that time, I commend him for that groundbreaking work, and indeed acknowledge the Dunstan government, which came into power, agreeing to conclude that so that South Australia would be at the lead of equal opportunity law.

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South Australian Public Health (Early Childhood Services and Immunisation) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the South Australian Public Health (Early Childhood Services and Immunisation) Amendment Bill 2020 and indicate my appreciation to the Minister for Health for progressing this matter in the parliament. Whilst there appears to be some criticism from the opposition as to the pace with which this has been developed, advanced and now presented for the final part of stage 2, I do note that the member for Kaurna was part of a government that had 16 years to develop this. Really, in the dying days of that government—

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Genetically Modified Crops Management (Designated Area) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the bill in respect of genetically modified crops and note the foreshadowed amendments by the member for Giles as well as an indication from the government that they will be agreed to. Essentially, it is to set up a program of allowance for various councils to seek the approval of the minister, after having consulted with their communities, for their area of jurisdiction to be a designated area for the purposes of the continuing moratorium on the use of genetically modified technology.

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COVID-19 Emergency Response (Bail) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I am pleased to introduce the COVID-19 Emergency Response (Bail) Amendment Bill 2020. The bill seeks to protect prescribed workers, including front-line emergency workers, hospital workers and others employed in retrieval medicine, through amendment to the recently passed COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020. The bill also promotes general community safety as it seeks to protect private property from intrusion.

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Small Amount Credit Contracts

Grievance Debate        

I rise today to raise an issue regarding the effects on constituents in all our electorates of payday lending and consumer leases, also known as small amount credit contracts. As COVID-19 affects many South Australians' employment and financial affairs, it is expected that the demand for finance will rise. That is why it is important that the payday lending industry is properly regulated and that governments have sufficient support for those affected during this unprecedented time.

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Freedom of Information (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I am pleased to introduce the Freedom of Information (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020. This bill makes a raft of amendments to the Freedom of Information Act 1991 to update it in line with legislative developments interstate and changes in technology.

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COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill

Second Reading

I am pleased to introduce the COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill 2020. The bill seeks to ensure the safe and efficient functioning of government and mitigate the economic impacts on the state throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It also promotes general community safety by adopting measures that will support social distancing and other community restrictions in line with health advice.

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Public Trustee (Public Trustee and Guardian) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I am pleased to introduce the Public Trustee (Public Trustee and Guardian) Amendment Bill 2020. The bill amends the Public Trustee Act 1995 and various other acts to effect a merger of the offices of the Public Trustee and the Public Advocate. For those who are following this debate, I particularly refer to the provisions of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1993, which accommodates the provision of the establishment, terms of engagement, powers and the like of the Public Advocate.

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Coroners (Undetermined Natural Causes) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I am pleased to introduce the Coroners (Undetermined Natural Causes) Amendment Bill 2020. The bill amends the Coroners Act 2003 to allow the state Coroner to return a finding of 'undetermined natural causes' in appropriate cases. The bill is intended to ensure efficient use of state forensic resources and to spare families the stress of a coronial investigation where possible.

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