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South Australian Country Shows

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:37): I rise today to speak about the spring season of South Australian Country Shows, which commences this weekend with both the Crystal Brook show on Saturday the 12th and the Port Lincoln show on the 13th. The following weekend, 19 and 20 August, will see both the Kadina and Whyalla shows conducted. Then on 26 and 27 August, the show I have probably been to more than any other, the Gawler show, will be held, with horses in action the previous day.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(14:43:25): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation in his capacity representing the Minister for Mental Health and Substance abuse, a question about suicide prevention questions.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:10 :17 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, representing the Minister for the Arts, questions about suicide prevention awareness in the arts sector.

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NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE: KANGAROO ISLAND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT REGION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(16:04:42): I rise to support this motion. I also indicate that the Hon. Mr Brokenshire has indicated that he will not participate in this motion, but supports it going through and is very happy for it to go through today.

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Gawler Business Development

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 14:50 ): A supplementary question: minister, why was the Town of Gawler not included in the original Northern Economic Plan, given that it has as many employees at Holden as the City of Port Adelaide Enfield?

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SAPOL 801 Group

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS: In recent months I have become aware of the efforts and activities of members of the 801 Group, which incorporates serving and retired police personnel who are concerned about the health and wellbeing of colleagues. Members in this place may be aware that the SAPOL call sign for 'police in trouble' or 'police need urgent assistance' is 801. 

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SA Country Press Awards

Last Friday evening, I was delighted to attend the Country Press SA Awards dinner at the Hahndorf Resort. The dinner was hosted by Mr Ian Osterman, the new Chairman of Country Press SA, and also, of course, the editor of the host newspaper, The Courier,at Mount Barker. The evening was conducted by the MC, Mr Andrew Manuel, the immediate past president of Country Press SA, and also the proprietor of the Plains Producer newspaper. 

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Northern Economic Plan

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:10 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Employment a question regarding the Northern Economic Plan. 

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Valedictory for the Hon. Gerry Kandelaars, MLC

I rise briefly to speak to this motion. Like some others, I first became aware of the Hon. Mr Kandelaars before he came to this place, when he was working for the then member for Torrens, Robyn Geraghty. I suppose since he has been here I became, initially, like many, well aware of his fierce defence of the ALP, as has been mentioned, and its policies, but I also think that he became well known through the various committees on which he served and chaired, some of which I shared membership with him. 

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Adoption (Review) Amendment Bill

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 11:14 ): I rise to associate myself with the remarks of my colleague, the Hon. Mr Wade, who, as he has indicated, is the Liberal Party's lead speaker on this bill. I will not seek to add to his quite comprehensive remarks on the substantial provisions of the bill, but I will indicate my own position on clause 5 of the bill, which is a conscience vote for members of the Liberal Party and, I understand, equally a conscious vote for members of the ALP. 

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