Speeches

R U OK? Day

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:37): I rise today to speak about the World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day that will be commemorated next week. I am very pleased to commend a number of activities that are happening around the state on both of those days but also I think on the weekend preceding them and throughout the week. Obviously, World Suicide Prevention Day is always on 10 September, so that will be next Monday, and R U OK? Day is held on 13 September.

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Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:30): Last week was a great week for the suicide prevention sector, not only in South Australia but across the nation. The national suicide prevention conference, conducted by Suicide Prevention Australia, was held not very far from here in the Adelaide Convention Centre, attended by over 600 delegates from around Australia and some from overseas. It was a terrific gathering of people from a wide range of organisations, from universities right through to volunteer suicide prevention networks, that have a passion for suicide prevention and the advancement of awareness about suicide throughout all aspects of our community.

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Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:44): I rise to speak about the excellent suicide prevention Network of Networks event held at the Whyalla Golf Club on 28 June. As the Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention, I was pleased to make the opening remarks and speak at the conclusion as well. It was great to see representatives of networks based at Cleve, Kimba, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Lower Eyre Peninsula and Whyalla, in addition to many other related organisations.

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Steve Condous

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (14:35): I rise to associate myself with the comments made by the Hon. Mr Lucas on behalf of Liberal members, and I do so as the only other current Liberal member in the parliament to have served with Mr Condous. I well remember his contributions in the joint party room, some of which were highlighted by my leader a few moments ago.

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Housing Legal Clinic

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:53): I rise to speak on behalf of government members in relation to this motion. The Housing Legal Clinic operates under the Welfare Rights Centre (WRC) and provides pro bono legal services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Services are provided across metropolitan and regional South Australia. The WRC is a community legal service, providing free legal advice and assistance to South Australians in tenancy and social security law.

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Address in Reply - adjourned debate on motion for adoption (cont. from 10 May 2018)

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:55): In supporting the passage of the motion to note the Governor's speech, I wish to place on record my grateful thanks to the way in which His Excellency undertakes his work across this state. He and Mrs Le visit many parts of this state, but are also very gracious hosts to many people in the community who have never had a chance to visit Government House.

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Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:41): I rise to speak briefly about some recent events that I have participated in as the Premier's Advocate for Suicide Prevention. On 24 May, I was pleased toattend the South-East Suicide Prevention Network of Networks Conference held at the historic Woolshed in Glencoe, which is a property very proudly owned and maintained by the National Trust.

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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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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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Criminal Law (Sentencing) (Mandatory Imprisonment for Serious Domestic Violence Offenders) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 18 October 2017.)

The Hon. M.C. PARNELL (19:47): I wish to make a brief contribution on the second reading of this bill, which requires that a person who has been convicted of a serious domestic violence offence as an adult or a youth will be subjected to a mandatory sentence of imprisonment for at least two years, and this sentence cannot be suspended. The scourge of domestic violence is something that we have discussed many times in this place. It is also something that many of us have experienced as we gather out on the steps of parliament with red roses each time a person is killed at the hands of an intimate partner. We know that more now than one woman per week is killed.

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