Legislation (Fees) Bill

Second Reading

The bill I introduce today is the Legislation (Fees) Bill 2019. The bill repeals and replaces the Fees Regulation Act 1927, which provides the authority for regulations to be made for the prescription and variation of fees for the purposes of various acts. In particular, the bill converts the existing statutory power to set fees by regulation into a power to set fees by ministerial notice or by regulation. Rather than amend the existing act, the bill repeals and replaces that act, which had not been amended since it came into operation in 1927, which I think I can comfortably say is before any of us were born. The bill is simpler and reflects modern drafting styles.

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Surrogacy Bill

Second Reading

I wish to commence by thanking all the honourable members for their contributions on both the development of this bill and the contribution to debates. In particular, can I acknowledge the member for King, who has foreshadowed some amendments during the course of this debate and who I have absolutely no doubt is resolute in her motivation to do everything she can to ensure that we protect children. She has demonstrated that in a number of areas in the parliament already. Children who might be born as a result of a surrogacy agreement should be no exception. In that regard, I value her contribution.

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Tonkin Government

Motion

I rise to speak in support of the motion presented by the member for Newland and thank him for reminding us, with this motion, of the importance of the Tonkin government, which served from 1979 to 1982. I also recognise that Dr Tonkin came into parliament in 1970 in the newly formed seat of Bragg. He was the first member for Bragg and I am proud to be the third.

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Liquor Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I thank the member for Kaurna as the opposition spokesperson, and the members for Hammond, Florey and Waite for their contributions. I am always entertained by the member for Hammond's contribution. Can I say that I was recently in his electorate attending the opening of the racecourse. I think they could now bet on just about anything in his electorate they have so many different venues. It is a magnificent facility, and I commend him for his tireless advocacy to bring industry to his electorate.

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Johns, Mr M.

Grievance

I rise to pay tribute to a man who has served South Australians as our state Coroner for nearly 15 years, Mr Mark Johns. It is timely that I do so, as his replacement has now commenced in the role, and I note the Legislative Council is planning its own motion tomorrow to recognise Mr Johns' service.

 

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Retail and Commercial Leases (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I would like to thank the representative of the opposition as well as the members for Florey and Hammond for their contributions.

In respect of the matters raised by the member for Florey and the question of the constituent's concern about section 5, and I tried to note it as quickly as I could, it sounds remarkably like a matter that was raised with me in consultation. There is an answer in relation to that, and I will make sure that is provided to the house, as it has been raised in the house, but also to the member for Florey. If there is ancillary documentation around this submission by the constituent, if it has been sent to my office this morning, then I am happy to have a look at it.

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Legal Practitioners (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I indicate my appreciation for the contributions of the member for Heysen and the member for Kaurna, and in particular the at least partial support that has been provided from the opposition. I think it is fair to say that both areas of concern on their part, one relating to the interest distribution and, secondly, in relation to the retrospectivity arising out of the obligations for applications that are made out of time to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, are qualified to be reserved at this stage pending consultation.

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Director of Public Prosecutions (Pension Entitlements) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Last Friday, I announced that Justice Martin Hinton, a current Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, would be appointed to the position of Director of Public Prosecutions. Justice Hinton will resign his commission as a Justice of the Supreme Court to become the first ever former Supreme Court judge to take on this important role once this bill has passed through the parliament.

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Surrogacy Bill

Second Reading

The Surrogacy Bill 2019 repeals part 2B of the Family Relationships Act 1975 and creates a standalone act to recognise and regulate certain forms of surrogacy in South Australia. Part 2B of the act has been the subject of considerable discussion over recent years and involves an extremely sensitive area of policy for the community. The bill now before the parliament can be traced to the Family Relationships (Surrogacy)Amendment Act 2015, as introduced by the Hon. John Dawkins MLC in late 2014, which commenced on assent in 2015 and reformed the area of surrogacy through amendments to the Family Relationships Act.

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Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2018 and it is with much pride that I do so. I had wondered, given the history of this matter, whether we would ever come to this day, but I am proud to say that we have. The outline of the proposed legislation, which has had scrutiny through its introduction and passage in the other place, has been a valuable addition.

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