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Chief Psychiatrist

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:39): Supplementary question: given that Dr Brian McKenny has been acting in the role of chief psychiatrist since the departure of Dr Aaron Groves, a fine chief psychiatrist, to Tasmania, when is it envisaged that a new permanent chief psychiatrist will be appointed?

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Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:58):  I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse a question about suicide prevention training.

Leave granted.

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Reservoirs

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:02): Supplementary question: will the minister provide updated information on what SA Water will do to facilitate the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the completion of the South Para reservoir at the site next year and particularly, as the minister indicated earlier in the year, to highlight the history of the workforce, which predominantly came from overseas?

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Reservoirs

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:03): Supplementary: the minister knows the subject of my question because he dealt with it earlier in the year. It is relative to the question that was asked. It is about the opening to the public of reservoirs, so I ask the minister to respond to my question about the South Para reservoir.

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Criminal Law (Sentencing) (Mandatory Imprisonment for Serious Domestic Violence Offenders) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 18 October 2017.)

The Hon. M.C. PARNELL (19:47): I wish to make a brief contribution on the second reading of this bill, which requires that a person who has been convicted of a serious domestic violence offence as an adult or a youth will be subjected to a mandatory sentence of imprisonment for at least two years, and this sentence cannot be suspended. The scourge of domestic violence is something that we have discussed many times in this place. It is also something that many of us have experienced as we gather out on the steps of parliament with red roses each time a person is killed at the hands of an intimate partner. We know that more now than one woman per week is killed.

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Lyell McEwin Hospital

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:57):  Supplementary: why has the minister decided to allow the Department of Health to allocate taxpayer funds on this advertising campaign rather than investing them in front-line services, particularly given that the demand for services at the Lyell McEwin is always very high, largely due to the government's long neglect of Modbury Hospital?

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Lyell McEwin Hospital

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:01): Will the minister bring back, as I asked earlier, the details of the area of distribution of the pamphlet by suburb and council area, particularly the details for the Port Adelaide Enfield council area?

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Lyell McEwin Hospital

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:51):  I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking a question of the Minister for Health in relation to the Lyell McEwin Hospital.

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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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