Speeches

Police (Drug Testing) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 19 October 2017.)

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (12:41):  I rise on behalf of Liberal members to speak on the Police (Drug Testing) Amendment Bill and to say that the opposition will be supporting the bill. On 27 September this year, the government introduced this bill into the lower house. It was handled there on behalf of the Liberal Party by the shadow minister for police, the member for Schubert. In short, the bill will amend the Police Act 1998. It will, firstly, allow police, police cadets and those applying to be police cadets to be tested for any drug listed in the Controlled Substances Act 1984 and, secondly, change the definition of 'drug screening test' and provide a new definition of 'oral fluid analysis'.

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Family Relationships (Surrogacy) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 18 October 2017.)

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (17:47): I rise on behalf of the Greens to support the Family Relationships (Surrogacy) Amendment Bill 2017, and thank the Hon. John Dawkins, on behalf of those many constituents he serves, for his persistence in the face of extreme adversity. This bill, of course, follows on from the honourable member's previous bills but I note, in particular, the Family Relationships (Surrogacy) Amendment Bill 2014, which was assented to on 16 July 2015 but which is yet to come into operation. It is extraordinary, the glacial pace at which our wheels of government are moving on this issue.

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Yamba Quarantine Station

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:42): I rise today to highlight the 60th anniversary of the Yamba quarantine station and the critical role it has played in South Australia. I note that the member for Chaffey in another place is marking this anniversary with a motion in the House of Assembly.

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Family Relationships (Surrogacy) Amendment Bill

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (21:24): Obtained leave and introduced a bill for an act to amend the Family Relationships Act 1975, and to make related amendments to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 1988 and the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996. Read a first time.

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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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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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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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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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Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading. 

(Continued from 29 November 2016.) 

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 11:23 ): I rise to speak on the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill 2016. Firstly, I indicate that I will be a bit longer than the two previous speeches but probably not as long as the one on the next bill. I advise the chamber that I am not currently inclined to support this bill, certainly in its current form. However, if it is successful in making the committee stage, I will reserve my final position until the final make-up of the bill is clear. It is, of course, a conscience vote for members of the Liberal Party in this place. 

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