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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(17:34:21): Suicide does not discriminate; it can affect any family at any time. I thank very much those members who have spoken to this motion today: the Hon. Mr Gazzola, the Hon. Ms Franks and the Hon. Ms Vincent. They, among many others in the parliament, have been extraordinarily supportive of my work in this area and my passion for doing everything we can to reduce suicide in the community. Each of them particularly demonstrated to the council the broad extent to which suicide is a major issue right across all demographic and geographic areas of this state and beyond, of course.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(15:01:19): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the minister representing the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse a question about the government's commitment to mental health and suicide prevention programs.

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BURNSIDE CITY COUNCIL

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         17:39         :04         ):  I move:    

That in accordance with the recommendation in the report of the Select Committee on the Inquiry into the Corporation of the City of Burnside, the Legislative Council refers the report to the Office of Public Integrity for its consideration.  

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ADDRESS IN REPLY

Adjourned debate on motion for adoption (resumed on motion).    

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         16:27         :09         ):  I rise to support this motion and indicate my thanks for the speech with which the Governor opened this parliament. I continue to appreciate the work that the Governor and Mrs Scarce do right around this state. I acknowledge the fact that only recently has he once again been up to an Operation Flinders exercise at Yankaninna and has gone out walking with the young people and slept out with them. I commend him highly for doing that. I have been to Operation Flinders on many occasions and supported them greatly as an ambassador but walking with the kids is not something that I have done. I have done many other activities with the young people up there but I commend the Governor for his capacity and ability to do that.

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ADAPTIVE FUTURES SA

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         14:58         :45         ):  I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation a question about Adaptive Futures SA. 

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COUNTRY PRESS SA AWARDS

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         15:48         :51         ):  Mount Gambier's The Border Watch newspaper has been named South Australia's BankSA Best Newspaper in the circulation over 6,000 category for the third year in a row. Country Press SA hosted the 2013 newspaper awards dinner at Adelaide Oval on Friday 7 March this year. The gala dinner was attended by 155 people representing newspapers from across the state as well as sponsors and guests.    

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         16:32         :21         ):  I move:

That this council—    

1.Notes the significant and unfortunate increase in the rates of suicide across the nation;    

2.Notes the motions of the member for Adelaide passed in the House of Assembly on 6   April 2011 and the Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins passed in this council on 24 November 2011 respectively;    

3.Notes the subsequent development of the South Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy;    

4.Encourages the efforts of all community organisations that are already working hard in this sector to continue their valuable contributions to suicide prevention throughout South Australia; and    

5.Urges the government to build on the work of the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist by increasing support for the ongoing establishment of suicide prevention networks in local communities.   

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STATE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         14:39         :35         ):  By way of supplementary question, how many individual ministers have responsibility for sections of the Department of State Development?

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BERRI BOWLING CLUB

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         16:51         :19         ):  I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation a question regarding the relocation of the Berri Bowling Club.

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