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REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         14:29         :58         ):  My question is directed to the Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills. Will the minister indicate whether she has been briefed on how many jobs will be lost in regional South Australia as a result of the ForestrySA job cuts, emergency services levy hikes, emergency services organisational mergers and the government's marine parks policy?

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SA WATER

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 14:45 :29 ): Will the minister inform the council as to how that matter is being communicated to the general public, including the constituents that the Hon. Jing Lee has referred to?

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         14:55         :26         ):  I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, representing the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, a question regarding suicide prevention strategies.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         15:37         :00         ):  I rise today to speak about World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day. There has been a significant recent focus on suicide prevention and mental health in the South Australian community in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September and R U OK? Day on 11 September. World Suicide Prevention Day was launched in 2003, and the organisation R U OK? was established in 2009. I think both days, but the organisations that work towards marking those events, promote greater awareness, discussion and conversation around suicide and mental health issues.

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WHITE RIBBON DAY

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         17:19         :30         ):  Firstly, I would like to thank the eight members of this chamber—it is probably not unprecedented, but it is certainly unusual for as many people as that to speak on a non-controversial matter—who have spoken on this debate, and also the others who have supported me in putting this motion without wishing to speak. I mention in that regard, obviously, the Hon. Mr Hunter and the Hon. Mr Gazzola, who were responsible for me first being involved in the White Ribbon movement, so I thank them for that.

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WILD DOG STRATEGIC PLAN

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         15:18         :35         ):  I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation a question regarding the Wild Dog Strategic Plan.   

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AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(16:44:38): I move:

 

That this council—

1.Notes that—

 

(a)2014 is the centenary year of the Red Cross in Australia, a substantial milestone in the social history of the nation and commemorates 100 years of humanitarian service to the people of Australia;

 

(b)Many Australians have shared a personal connection with the Red Cross, from its humanitarian role during two world wars, to preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters, or helping vulnerable people and communities overcome disadvantage, and through its world-class national blood service;

 

(c)For 100 years the Australian Red Cross has enjoyed a unique auxiliary status to the public authorities in the humanitarian field, working in partnership with governments of diverse political persuasions, in Australia and internationally, to alleviate suffering in a voluntary aid capacity whilst adhering to its principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality; and

 

(d)The Australian Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian movement, with millions of volunteers working in over 100 countries, united by the fundamental principle of preventing and alleviating human suffering, without discrimination, wherever it may be found in times of war, conflict, disaster or personal crisis.

 

2.Calls on all honourable members of this council to join the Australian Red Cross in celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding on 13 August 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World War I.

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LAKE BONNEY

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:10 :14 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation a question regarding the proposed dual naming of Barmera's Lake Bonney.

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WHITE RIBBON DAY

That this council recognises White Ribbon Day and encourages all men to swear an oath to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.

 

In moving this motion I note that the member for Stuart in another place will also, in the near future, move exactly the same motion (as I understand it) about White Ribbon Day, and I acknowledge that, like myself, he is an ambassador for White Ribbon. I also put on record that the member for Stuart also recently moved a motion in the House of Assembly recognising Domestic Violence Month.

 

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(15:14:23): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, representing the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, questions about suicide prevention funding.

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