Speeches

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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Relationships Register (NO 1) Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading. 

(Continued from 30 November 2016.) 

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 11:03 ): I rise to put on the record my position regarding the Relationships Register (No. 1) Bill 2016. I indicate that this bill is a conscience issue for members of the Liberal Party. This bill made it to this place in what I would describe as very bizarre circumstances. It originally started its legislative life as the Relationships Register Bill 2016 in the other place and, in doing so, it incorporated the contents of this current bill and also the contents of what is now the Statutes Amendment (Surrogacy Eligibility) Bill 2016. 

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Select Committee on Emergency Services Reform

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 16:38 ): I rise briefly to support the noting of this report and echo the contribution of the chair of the committee, the Hon. Mr Brokenshire. I think the Hon. Mr Brokenshire has covered the essence of the report and the two recommendations very well. This whole saga has been a sad one. The Hon. Mr Brokenshire, and anybody else who has ever worked as a volunteer in the emergency services sector, would understand their commitment and understand, as the Hon. Mr Brokenshire said, the mistrust of government at the moment out there. 

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Natural Resources Committee: Inquiry into Unconventional Gas (Fracking) in the South East of South Australia

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 16:45 ): I move: 

That the 119 th report of the committee be noted. 

The Natural Resources Committee's Inquiry into Unconventional Gas (Fracking) in the South East of South Australia was referred by the Legislative Council to the committee on 19 November 2014 on the motion of the Hon. Mark Parnell MLC, as amended by the Hon. Tammy Franks MLC. I interpose to say that most of us in this place remember the things that led up to that in great detail, but I was certainly one who was keen that this matter be examined by a parliamentary committee. I was keen that it be the one of which I happened to be a member. It has been a two-year process, and I hope that members get a chance to have a look at what is a very substantial report. 

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Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation: Inquiry into Work Related Mental Disorders and Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 16:06 ): I move: 

That the 26th report of the committee on its Inquiry into Work Related Mental Disorders and Suicide Prevention be noted. 

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