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Valedictory for the Hon. Gerry Kandelaars, MLC

I rise briefly to speak to this motion. Like some others, I first became aware of the Hon. Mr Kandelaars before he came to this place, when he was working for the then member for Torrens, Robyn Geraghty. I suppose since he has been here I became, initially, like many, well aware of his fierce defence of the ALP, as has been mentioned, and its policies, but I also think that he became well known through the various committees on which he served and chaired, some of which I shared membership with him. 

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Adoption (Review) Amendment Bill

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 11:14 ): I rise to associate myself with the remarks of my colleague, the Hon. Mr Wade, who, as he has indicated, is the Liberal Party's lead speaker on this bill. I will not seek to add to his quite comprehensive remarks on the substantial provisions of the bill, but I will indicate my own position on clause 5 of the bill, which is a conscience vote for members of the Liberal Party and, I understand, equally a conscious vote for members of the ALP. 

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Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading. 

(Continued from 29 November 2016.) 

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 11:23 ): I rise to speak on the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (Gender Identity) Amendment Bill 2016. Firstly, I indicate that I will be a bit longer than the two previous speeches but probably not as long as the one on the next bill. I advise the chamber that I am not currently inclined to support this bill, certainly in its current form. However, if it is successful in making the committee stage, I will reserve my final position until the final make-up of the bill is clear. It is, of course, a conscience vote for members of the Liberal Party in this place. 

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Relationships Register (NO 1) Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading. 

(Continued from 30 November 2016.) 

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 11:03 ): I rise to put on the record my position regarding the Relationships Register (No. 1) Bill 2016. I indicate that this bill is a conscience issue for members of the Liberal Party. This bill made it to this place in what I would describe as very bizarre circumstances. It originally started its legislative life as the Relationships Register Bill 2016 in the other place and, in doing so, it incorporated the contents of this current bill and also the contents of what is now the Statutes Amendment (Surrogacy Eligibility) Bill 2016. 

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LR&M Constructions

I rise today to speak about the 50th anniversary of the Chamberlain family company, LR&M Constructions Pty Ltd, which was founded on 14 November 1966. The founding Directors were Lionel Chamberlain, Ronald Chamberlain (otherwise better known to many by his second name of John), and Miriam Chamberlain. Hence the name LR&M.

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Select Committee on Emergency Services Reform

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 16:38 ): I rise briefly to support the noting of this report and echo the contribution of the chair of the committee, the Hon. Mr Brokenshire. I think the Hon. Mr Brokenshire has covered the essence of the report and the two recommendations very well. This whole saga has been a sad one. The Hon. Mr Brokenshire, and anybody else who has ever worked as a volunteer in the emergency services sector, would understand their commitment and understand, as the Hon. Mr Brokenshire said, the mistrust of government at the moment out there. 

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Natural Resources Committee: Inquiry into Unconventional Gas (Fracking) in the South East of South Australia

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 16:45 ): I move: 

That the 119 th report of the committee be noted. 

The Natural Resources Committee's Inquiry into Unconventional Gas (Fracking) in the South East of South Australia was referred by the Legislative Council to the committee on 19 November 2014 on the motion of the Hon. Mark Parnell MLC, as amended by the Hon. Tammy Franks MLC. I interpose to say that most of us in this place remember the things that led up to that in great detail, but I was certainly one who was keen that this matter be examined by a parliamentary committee. I was keen that it be the one of which I happened to be a member. It has been a two-year process, and I hope that members get a chance to have a look at what is a very substantial report. 

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SA Water

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:44): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking
the Minister for Water and the River Murray questions regarding the water bill payment processes of
SA Water.

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Northern Connector

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:18 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Employment questions regarding Northern Connector jobs.

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Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation: Inquiry into Work Related Mental Disorders and Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 16:06 ): I move: 

That the 26th report of the committee on its Inquiry into Work Related Mental Disorders and Suicide Prevention be noted. 

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