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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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Natural Resources Committee: Natural Resources South Australia Business Plans and Regional Levies 2016-17

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins: 

That the report of the committee on Natural Resources South Australia Business Plans and Regional Levies, 2016-17 , be noted. 

(Continued from 22 June 2016) 

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 17:32 ): I rise to conclude the debate on this matter. I thank the Hon. Mr Brokenshire, the Hon. Ms Lensink and the Hon. Mr Kandelaars for their contributions. I will say a little bit more about that in a moment. Sir, you and others will be relieved to know that I intend to be brief. I think the speech with which I moved that this report be noted was probably the second-longest one that I have ever uttered in this chamber, and that was about 35 minutes, so I will not be anything like as long. 

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Friends of Parks Inc

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:48 ): I rise today to talk about the 23rd annual general meeting of Friends of Parks Inc., which was held on Monday 16 May at the Volunteer Centre, Belair National Park, and hosted by Friends of Belair National Park. I particularly also want to mention the president, Duncan MacKenzie OAM, who represents Friends of Gluepot Reserve, for his hospitality on the day, along with that of the secretary, Pam Smith, from the Friends of Community Partnerships and Volunteer Programs Unit. 

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