Speeches

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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Dog Fence (Payments and Rates) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading. 

(Continued from 12 April 2016.) 

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:53 ): I rise on behalf of Liberal members to support this bill. At the outset, I should highlight the fact that this bill was quite curiously introduced into the House of Assembly on 24 February this year by the Hon. Susan Close, who I think represents the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation in that chamber. Given that this is the responsibility of the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, a person with a keen interest in the Dog Fence said to me, 'He is in your house. Why wasn't it introduced in your house?' I said, 'Well, I think it might have been all to do with the management of the parliament at the time,' because at that stage, because of the Attorney-General's driving passion to get us to push through the planning bill, they had no other plans in the other place to actually get on with legislation. 

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Country Press SA Awards

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:21 ): I rise today to speak about the Country Press SA Awards dinner, which was held in the historic Mortlock library in Adelaide last Friday 19 February. The event was hosted by the president of Country Press SA, Mr Andrew Manuel of The Plains Producer newspaper at Balaklava, and also by the vice president, Mr Ian Osterman of The Courier at Mount Barker.

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Condolence Motion: Mr J.S. Freebairn

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 14:23 ): I rise to endorse the remarks made by the Leader of the Government and Leader of the Opposition respectively. I am probably one of the few members of this place who actually knew Mr John Freebairn for a significant period of time. In fact, he and my father were both members of the Liberal and Country League and members of this parliament around the time the Liberal Movement came to the fore as a part of the Liberal and Country League and, of course, then later as it became a separate party. While my father and Mr Freebairn were on different sides of that scenario, they always maintained good relationships, and certainly later in life that continued. 

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Condolence Motion: Mr B. Hurn

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. R.L. Brokenshire:  That this council— 

1. Expresses its deep regret at the pass ing of Mr Brian Hurn OAM, former mayor of the Barossa Council and former president of the Local Government Association; and 

2. Places on record its appreciation of his distinguished service to local governmen t and to the broader community. 

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