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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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MARINE PARKS

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(14:47:19): Supplementary: given that regional development minister, Geoff Brock, told a recent local government conference that the marine park sanctuary zones would be the subject of a regional impact statement, will the minister explain why regional impact statements were not done before the closures were put in place?

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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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