In Parliament


Repatriation General Hospital

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:42): My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister advise the council of the government's plan for the hydrotherapy pool at the Repat hospital?

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Bhutanese Community

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:32): Last Friday and Saturday were very big days for the Bhutanese community in South Australia and beyond. On last Friday, the second Australian Bhutanese Conference was commenced at the Adelaide Festival Centre. I was very pleased to attend the opening ceremony, where the chief guest was the Hon. Chief Justice Chris Kourakis. I was delighted that the Hon. Jing Lee was there and spoke, representing the Premier and the government of South Australia. Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were the members for Badcoe and Reynell from the other place.

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APY Lands, Renal Dialysis Units

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:48): My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister advise the council of opportunities to improve the delivery of renal dialysis on the APY lands?

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Country Press SA Awards

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:26): I rise today to speak about the Country Press SA Awards held in the Adelaide Convention Centre on 23 February this year. The awards were hosted by the Country Press SA President, Mr Ian Osterman from The Courier at Mount Barker, and the MC for the evening was Darren Robinson from The Leader at Angaston.

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Country Hospitals

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:06): My question is directed to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Will the minister advise the council of any steps being taken to address capital works at country hospitals?

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Domestic Violence

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:50): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Human Services a question regarding domestic violence policy.

Leave granted.

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Dawkins to lead Suicide Prevention Initiative

The Marshall Liberal Government has acted early on its commitment to preventive health and wellbeing with the establishment of the Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention, tasked with reducing South Australia’s suicide rate.

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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.

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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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