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PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY, REHABILITATION AND COMPENSATION—WORKERS REHABILITATION AND COMPENSATION (SACFS FIREFIGHTERS) AMENDMENT BILL

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The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(16:11:29): I rise to support the motion, and I thank the Hon. Mr Kandelaars for his extensive summary of the work of the committee in relation to this matter. I should say that the report actually provides what I think is an excellent history of the bill and the related matters. Some of it could be seen by people outside this system as being quite bizarre. There was a situation where some parts of the government thought it was very clever to move that the private members bill in the lower house be referred to the Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Committee to—and these are my words—get rid of it for a while, and to stall.

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Griffin, HON. K.T.

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(14:49:54): It is a privilege to rise to support this motion of condolence in relation to the passing of the Hon. K. Trevor Griffin. Trevor was one of a large number of members of parliament of his era who used his second Christian name. You will forgive me, sir, for referring to the gallery but there is one in our presence, former president the Hon. Peter Dunn, who is one of that variety, as were my father and a number of others.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PRESS AWARDS

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 15:36 :30 ): On 20 February of this year, country newspaper representatives gathered at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort at Rowland Flat to celebrate the annual South Australian Country Press awards. Guests were formally welcomed by Country Press SA president Mr Andrew Manuel of the Plains Producer at Balaklava. Mr Ian Osterman of The Courier at Mount Barker was the master of ceremonies for the awards presentation, which displayed the passion and importance of community newspapers to their local community.

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ADDRESS IN REPLY

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(16:55:24): I am pleased to contribute to this debate, the address in reply to the speech of the Governor in opening the parliament. I acknowledge the fact that His Excellency Hieu Van Le opened the parliament for the first time since he took on that important role in the democracy of our state. I congratulate once again His Excellency on taking up that position, after, as was mentioned by the Hon. Mr Parnell, having served very well in the position of Lieutenant‑Governor for some time.

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WHYTE, HON. A.M.

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(14:58:24): I rise to support this motion. My first memory of the Hon. Arthur Whyte was meeting him when I was a schoolboy and he had not long been elected to this place. He and my father served together in the Legislative Council for 16 years. During that time, Mary and my mother shared a friendship, and I am delighted to say that the extended connection that has gone over the years between the Whyte and Dawkins (including Schaefer) families was extended today when my granddaughter met Mary. I think that was just an extra extension of that connection. Obviously Caroline and I served in this place for about 12½ years, I think, but Caroline and I had a strong friendship well before both of us came to this place, actually.

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WHITE RIBBON DAY

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(15:28:52): I rise today to speak about a number of events that I have attended recently to celebrate White Ribbon, and the campaign to stop violence against women. First, on the evening of 20 November I was pleased to join the member for Mount Gambier, Mr Troy Bell, at a special event in the Mount Gambier Town Hall and to speak during that evening. It was a terrific event encompassing people from all across the Mount Gambier and Limestone Coast community, and particularly across age ranges. I think we were entertained by young people from the three secondary schools in that city.

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FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS (SURROGACY) AMENDMENT BILL (2014)

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 12 November 2014.)

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(17:46:12): I will be brief. I thank those who have contributed: the Hon. Tung Ngo, the Hon. Kelly Vincent, the Hon. Rob Lucas, the Hon. Tammy Franks, and the minister, the Hon. Mr Hunter. I recognise the questions that have been raised. I very much appreciate the overall support for the work I am doing. I very much appreciate the conversations that I have had with the Hon. Tammy Franks about these matters over some time, and they assist me greatly.

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YOUTH PARLIAMENT

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. T.A. Franks:

That this council notes—

1. The youth bills and acts written, debated and passed by the 2014 Youth Parliament of South Australia during this year’s YMCA Youth Parliament program;

2. The outstanding work of the participants and task force of the Youth Parliament program in producing and debating these pieces of legislation;

3. The active engagement of our state’s youth in their communities and in the state’s decision-making process; and

4. The importance and value of youth voice and advocacy, particularly on issues that directly affect youth.

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MATES IN CONSTRUCTION

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

That this council notes—

1. The exemplary work of MATES in Construction in its endeavour to prevent suicide in the construction industry and promote health and wellbeing;

2. That MATES in Construction is a federation of independent industry-based MATES in Construction organisations throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and here in South Australia;

3. That MATES in Construction aims to raise awareness about suicide, making it easier to access help and ensuring that the help offered throughout the industry is practical , professional and appropriate; and

4. That MATES in Construction has implemented the following programs to address the tragic rate of suicide in the industry—

(a) an individual case management program which aims to assist troubled workers with an effective plan to address their mental issues;

(b) field visits, which involved field officers going from site to site to advise workers of the program; and

(c) a post vention program, which provides support where a worker or worker's family member has committed suicide.

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WAITE, MR PETER

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. D.W. Ridgway:

That this council—

1. Notes the centenary of Peter Waite's donation of the Urrbrae e state to the University of Adelaide for the study of agriculture;

2. Acknowledges the significant outcomes delivered by the University of Adelaide and, in particular, the Waite C ampus, as a result of this philanthropic gift; and

3. Recognises the position of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute to contribute positively to ensuring global food security and providing Australia's agricultural, wine and food industries with innovative research-led developments.

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