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SUCH, HON. R.B.

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(15:16:43): I rise to support this motion that is dedicated to the Hon. Dr Bob Such. I first knew Bob Such before he was a member of parliament. In fact, in the 1989 state election campaign, I did a significant amount of advanced party work for the Liberal Party, and we had a number of marginal seats we had to win. We in fact won five, which was not quite enough, but one of those was Fisher. I suppose as a flat country man from the north of Adelaide I learnt a bit more about those hilly suburbs just to the south. Certainly, I remember the energy that he took into that campaign; it stuck with me for a long time.

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AUSTRALIAN PIG BREEDERS ASSOCIATION LTD

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 17:34 :15 ): I have been aware of the activities of the Australian Pig Breeders Association Ltd for many years. Probably one of the reasons that I have had that knowledge has been the fact that that organisation has had an excellent newsletter published several times every year that has been distributed around Australia, not only within that industry but to people like me who are interested in rural activities in general but certainly industries such as the pig industry.

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NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE: ANNUAL REPORT 2013-2014

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 17:55 :43 ): I rise to support the motion moved by the Hon. Mr Kandelaars and to endorse his remarks about the work of the committee. It is a very good committee and is well chaired by the Hon. Steph Key, and the staff service it very well. I will take a few moments to make particular reference to one of the reports that the Hon. Mr Kandelaars mentioned, namely, the report the committee did into the Whyalla region fact-finding visit on 23‑24 October 2013. That report made a number of recommendations in relation to issues regarding properties in close proximity to significant mining operations in the Middleback Ranges.

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PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY, REHABILITATION AND COMPENSATION: ANNUAL REPORT 2013-14

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(19:56:51): I rise briefly to support this motion and thank the Hon. Mr Kandelaars for the manner in which he has summarised the work of the committee. I have only just come onto the committee since the election and I must say I am enjoying it very much. They are big shoes to fill, trying to take over from the Hon. Rob Lucas, but I am doing my best. Certainly, I have enjoyed the committee so far. I am not across a lot of the issues that were referred to in that report but I am pleased to say that the committee is getting into some serious issues to follow on from those matters.

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GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS MANAGEMENT (RIGHT TO DAMAGES) AMENDMENT BILL

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 21:27 :57 ): I rise tonight to speak on behalf of the opposition and particularly the shadow minister for agriculture and primary industries, the Hon. David Ridgway, in relation to the Hon. Mr Parnell's bill to amend the GM Crops Management Act 2004 to enable a person who suffers damages as a result of GM plant material contaminating their land to sue companies who own and sell the technology.

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FRUIT BATS

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(16:36:47): I seek leave to give a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation questions regarding fruit bat migration.

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PASTORAL BOARD

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(15:18:28): A supplementary: will the minister indicate in the absence of Pastoral Board employees which personnel will actually inspect pastoral properties in relation to stocking rates and rent renewals?

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SUICIDE PREVENTION CONFERENCE

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(15:54:26): I rise today to speak about the inaugural Network of Networks Suicide Prevention conference which was held in the Festival Centre on 26 September. I congratulate the Chief Psychiatrist, Dr Peter Tyllis; Lynne James from his office; and others within the Mental Health Unit within the department. I think the conference, which was conducted free of charge for participants from the Suicide Prevention Networks around South Australia, was very well received. I think it was unanimously regarded as a great way of networking and finding out what other groups are doing in their various communities.

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AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins:

 

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 Re d Cross in celebrating the 100 th anniversary of its founding on 13 August 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World War I.

 

(Continued from 6 August 2014.)

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JONES, MR HENRY

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. J.M.A. Lensink:

That this council expresses its deep regret at the death of Mr Henry Jones and places on record it s appreciation for his long and tireless commitment to the River Murray and the Murray- Darling Basin .

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