Speeches

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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Nobel Prize Winners

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 20:03 :35 ): I move:

That this council—

1. Acknowledges the Centenary of the 1915 Nobel Prize awarded to father and son recipients, William Bragg and Lawrence Bragg; and

2. Recognises, with appreciation, their contribution to science and their connection to the state of South Australia.

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Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Committee: Barossa Valley Visit

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 16:25 :59 ): I rise to support this motion and to endorse the remarks of the mover and the Hon. John Darley. It was unfortunate that the Hon. Mr Kandelaars was unable to come on the day, although knowing his state of health that day and that the temperature in the Barossa on that May day was predictably reasonably cool, he may well have been wise not to come with us. I would like to briefly put on record my gratitude to the member for Schubert in another place not only for his membership of the committee but also for his ready willingness to host the first regional visit of this committee in his own electorate. It was a widely varying field trip, but one that I think was of great value to all those of us who participated.

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South Sudanese Community

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:25 :32 ): I rise today to speak about two events I have attended recently which have been organised by members of the South Sudanese community living in South Australia. As members would well recognise, South Sudan is the world's newest nation, having gained independence from Sudan in 2011. However, instability and conflict have plagued South Sudan since its independence, with more than half of its citizens living in poverty and an adult literacy rate of less than 25 per cent. South Sudan is currently one of the least developed nations in the world.

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