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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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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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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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Natural Resources Committee: Alinytjara Wilurara Regional Fact-Finding Trip

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 16:51 ): I move: 

That the report of the committee on the Alinytjara Wilurara Regional Fact-Finding Trip be noted.

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Statutes Amendment (Surrogacy Eligibility) Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading. 

(Continued from 30 November 2016.) 

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 11:39 ): I rise today to put on the record my contribution to what is now the Statutes Amendment (Surrogacy Eligibility) Bill 2016, and I indicate that, quite obviously, this bill is a conscience vote for Liberal members in this place. I might indulge the council with a little bit of history. 

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Neighbourhood Watch

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 16:02 ): I rise today to speak about the Neighbourhood Watch groups across South Australia and the impact that the SAPOL organisational reform, which is currently being implemented, will have on them. 

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Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Committee: Annual Report 2015-16

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY ( 16:31 ): I move: 

That the Annual Report 2015-16 of the committee be noted. 

I am pleased to present the 10th annual report of the Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation. The 2015-16 Annual Report reflects another busy year for the committee and the commitment of members who have many other commitments and responsibilities. 

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ASER (Restructure) (Facilitation of Riverbank Development) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading. 

(Continued from 4 August 2016.) 

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY ( 15:55 ): In my briefing with the government on this bill, it was explained to me that this was a very simple bill that was needed to facilitate the development of the Riverbank. I understand that regardless of what my position is on the Riverbank redevelopment, the aims of this bill could be achieved through other methods; however, a bill was the simplest and most efficient way to achieve what was being sought. 

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Matter of Interest: Surrogacy Regulations

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:41 ): Most members of this place would know that my first surrogacy bill passed through the parliament in late 2009. Honourable members would also be aware that, from November 2014 to May 2015 in this place, we considered a bill that I was proud to have moved, the Family Relationships (Surrogacy) Amendment Bill 2015, which was introduced to expand access to, and improve protections involved in, the surrogacy process in this state.

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