Cornwall, Dr J.R.

Condolence

I rise to support the motion presented by the Premier and supported by the Leader of the Opposition in recognition of Dr John Cornwall. His contribution as a minister in difficult portfolios should not go unnoticed, the details of which have been outlined by the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition. However, I think it is fair to say that one of the most difficult areas of public life, which I am sure the Minister for Child Protection recognises, is to deal with the welfare of the community and those who are most vulnerable, in particular in relation to child protection.

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Sentencing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Today, I introduce a bill to amend the Sentencing Act 2017. This act commenced on 30 April 2018. It repealed and replaced the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988. Our judiciary and legal profession are still coming to terms with the extensive changes from the new sentencing regime in the short time that it has been in operation. Amongst other things, the Sentencing Act introduced amendments to home detention provisions contained in the repealed act, to preclude a home detention order as a sentencing option for certain offences. These include where an adult is sentenced for 'serious sexual offences' (if the maximum penalty is at least five years' imprisonment) and 'serious and organised crime offences'.

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Gambling Regulation Review

Ministerial Statement

On 26 September 2016, the former government approved an administrative review of the regulations controlling commercial gambling in South Australia and the appointment of retired Supreme Court judge, Tim Anderson QC, to undertake the review. Today, I table that review in parliament. The review makes a number of conclusions regarding regulatory options for South Australia, the regulatory model, the oversight of commercial gambling and the not-for-profit sector.

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Correctional Services (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the bill to amend the Correctional Services Act. The bill essentially makes provision for the undertaking of drug testing in respect of the workforce in our prisons and, importantly, to provide for the enforcement to restrict visitation by way of prohibition to those who may be associated with serious and organised crime. These are important initiatives. They are consistent with an election commitment of the government. I commend both speakers and, in particular, the minister for promptly bringing this matter before the house so that it can be advanced.

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Statutes Amendment (Drug Offences) Bill

Second Reading

I thank members for their contributions and the member for Elizabeth for his indication, on behalf of the opposition, of the general support to the thrust of this bill, upon noting a foreshadowed amendment, which he welcomes. May I say that, if I were to generally summarise the impetus for the reform in this legislation, it is the recognition that cannabis, amongst all our elicit drugs can no longer, in 2018, be treated as though it is something just a little bit more serious than tobacco.

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Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio) Bill

Second Reading

The Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio) Bill 2018 makes miscellaneous amendments to various acts committed to the Attorney-General. It addresses a number of minor or technical issues that have been identified in legislation. In broad terms, this bill:

  • allows for additional time for a prosecution to be commenced where an enforcement determination is revoked by a court under the Fines Enforcement and Debt Recovery Act 2017 on the basis that the alleged offender did not have a reasonable opportunity to elect to be prosecuted;
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Bass, Mr Rodney Piers (Sam)

Condolence

I thank both of the lead speakers to this motion, and support the same, and thank them for also acknowledging Sam's work in the South Australian police force. Certainly, when he came to us in 1993 and sought preselection for the seat of Florey he was perhaps best described as an unconventional candidate. Obviously, his work—not because he was in the police force but because of the nature of his work, including covert surveillance work, the difficult task of dealing with organised crime and his preparedness to go under cover and actually put himself at risk in a number of those circumstances—did mean that he would brush up against a number of national and state agencies of inquiry.

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Public Finance and Audit (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

This bill proposes to improve the timeliness and effectiveness of reporting by the Auditor-General and to simplify publication and administration. I place on the record my appreciation for the work of the Auditor-General and his office in service to this parliament and, of course, to ensure that we are kept informed as to his work and that of his office and, in addition to that, how we might improve his statute.

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Terrorism (Police Powers) (Use of Force) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I would like to commence by thanking all speakers who have contributed to the debate on the Terrorism (Police Powers) (Use of Force) Amendment Bill 2018. A number of matters were raised by the shadow minister, which I will endeavour to clarify as quickly as possible, but perhaps I will first address the member for Enfield's contribution, for which I thank him. Unfortunately, this issue had not been resolved under the previous government.

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Condous, Mr S.G.

Condolence

I rise to support the motion and extend my condolences to Angela and their beautiful daughter on the passing of Steve Condous. My only regret in speaking on this today is that, for the one time, perhaps in all the time I have been in parliament, I wish for the former member for Croydon (Hon. Michael Atkinson) to be here. This is probably the one issue on which we would agree; that is, Steve Condous made a colourful and significant contribution to public life in the City of Adelaide and its surrounds, ultimately as the member for Colton in this parliament.

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