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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Natural Resources Committee

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (16:52): I rise very briefly to support the remarks of the
Hon. Mr Kandelaars, and certainly I will not at any stage repeat what he is has said, but I think the
Natural Resources Committee remains without a doubt one of the most active in the parliament, if
not the most active, and it certainly deals with a wide range of issues. There is the obvious connection
we have to the NRM boards and the deliverance of their levies, and there is obviously always some
controversy about that.

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Kokoda Commemoration Service

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS (15:39): I rise today to speak about the annual Kokoda
commemoration service which I attended on 2 November this year. The service is organised every
year on that date by the Tea Tree Gully RSL sub-branch, and for many years was passionately
coordinated by the late Ben Martin, a former stockman, builder, drover, police officer and army
servicemen. Ben was a tireless worker in the community and a proud Australian.
The Kokoda Track campaign was arguably Australia's most significant campaign of the
Second World War. The campaign consisted of a series of battles fought on the Kokoda Track,
Papua, from July to November 1942 between the Japanese and Allied (mostly Australian) forces.
After initial losses, Australians were able to push back the Japanese and, while the battle was won,
unfortunately more than 600 Australian soldiers were killed.

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Campania Sports and Social Club

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         21:20         :17         ):  I was not on the list, but I want to make a very brief contribution as someone who has spent a fair bit of his parliamentary career working in the seat of Florey and other parts of the north-eastern suburbs and who also worked for a couple of years at the office of senator Nick Minchin, which was situated at Modbury North, very close to the Campania club.

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Suicide Prevention

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 16:58 :52 ): I move:

That this council—

1. Acknowledges the development of the suicide prevention networks around South Australia and encourages the rapid expansion of this successful initiative;

2. Calls on the Weatherill Labor government to enhance its efforts in the field of suicide prevention, both in programs and funding, and as a matter of urgency progress the development of its 2016 ‑ 2020 State Suicide Prevention Strategy;

3. Urges the Weatherill Labor government, in the development of its 2016-2020 State Suicide Prevention Strategy, to note—

(a) the establishment of a Ministerial Suicide Prevention Council by the Western Australian government;

(b) the commitment by the Victorian state government of $4.9 million to suicide prevention programs specifically for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) community;

(c) the establishment of a suicide register by the Queensland state government to enable better research into the causes and prevention of suicide, and the direction of funding to programs which will reduce the rates of suicide in areas discovered as ' hot spots ' ;

(d) the implementation of suicide prevention training programs for front - line police officers and public transport employees by the New South Wales state government; and

(e) the development of a dedicated Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy by the Tasmanian state government.

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