Country Fire Service

4th December 2019 Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. E.S. Bourke:  That this council—  1. Congratulates the over 200 CFSS volunteers from across South Australia for coming together to support the Yorke Peninsula community by fighting the recent fires that broke out and destroyed pastoral lands, livestock and homes;  2. Acknowledges the work of all community […]

Suicide Prevention

13th November 2019 Matters of Interest  The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:41): In recent weeks, as Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention I have had the privilege to participate in a wide range of events. It was an honour to open the 10th Murray Bridge Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo on 18 October. It was great to see Adrian […]

Suicide Prevention

30th October 2019 Matters of Interest  The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:25): The Australian Bureau of Statistics causes of death data for 2018 was released on 25 September this year, and it includes the national suicide statistics. It is important to remember that each of these numbers represents an individual life lost, a life which was valued […]

Surrogacy Bill

29th October 2019 Second Reading  The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:32): It would come as no surprise to most people in this chamber that I rise to support this bill and support it very strongly. Members in this place will understand, I think, that I have been working on these issues since 2005 and that my initial […]

Intercultural Futures

25th September 2019 Matters of Interest  The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:53): Over recent months, I have been pleased to work with Ms Alexandra McGee, the project coordinator at Welcome Australia, on a program called Intercultural Futures. I have attended two forums as part of that program, on Saturday 18 May and Saturday 14 September at The Welcome Centre […]

World Suicide Prevention Day

11 September 2019 Matters of Interest  The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:24): I rise today to speak about World Suicide Prevention Day, which was yesterday—and I thank members for wearing the yellow ribbons in recognition of that day—and to also speak about R U OK? Day, which is tomorrow, and to mention some of the many associated […]

Rotary Club of Gawler

3rd July 2019  Matters of Interest  The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:32): It was my great privilege to attend the 3,000th meeting of the Rotary Club of Gawler at the Nixon’s Function Centre in Gawler on Monday 1 July. This dinner meeting also saw the induction of President Steve Barilla as the 66th president of the club by outgoing […]

Suicide Prevention

19th June 2019 Matters of Interest  The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:31): On 29 May this year, along with more than 130 other people, I participated in the Network of Suicide Prevention Networks forum at the Salvation Army’s Riverside Centre in Gawler. The representation at the meeting included delegates from networks across the state, including: the Barossa; Mid […]

Country Press Awards

20th March 2019 Matters of Interest  The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:22): On 22 February, I was very pleased to attend the Country Press SA awards dinner at the Vine Inn Barossa community hotel in Nuriootpa. The welcome was provided by the new president of Country Press SA, Mr Darren Robinson, a fourth-generation member of the Robinson […]

Cypriot Community

27th February 2029 Matters of Interest  The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:06): I rise to speak today about two recent Cyprus community events. On 9 February this year, I attended the 2019 Cyprus Festival in Welland. The festival was presented by the Cyprus Community South Australia as a two-day event celebrating the Cypriot way of life, past […]