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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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EVANS, HON. I.F.

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

That this council acknowledge the service to the parliament of the Hon. Iain Evans, minister of the Crown from December 1997 until March 2002, and a member of the House of Assembly for the seat of Davenport since 1993.

(Continued from 30 October 2014.)

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FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS (SURROGACY) AMENDMENT BILL (First Reading)

Introduction and First Reading

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(16:43:35): Obtained leave and introduced a bill for an act to amend the Family Relationships Act 1975 and to make a related amendment to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 1988. Read a first time.

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MATES IN CONSTRUCTION (2014)

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 16:57 :25 ): I move:

That this council notes—

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

2. That MATES in Construction is a federation of inde pendent 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 abo ut suicide, making it easier to access help and ensuring that the help offered throug hout the industry is practical, professional and appropriate; and

4. That MATES in Construction has implemented the following programs to address the tragic rate of su icide 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 involve field officers going from site to site to advise workers of the program; and

(c) a post-vention program, which provides support wh ere a worker or worker’s family member has committed suicide.

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SUCH, HON. R.B.

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(15:16:43): I rise to support this motion that is dedicated to the Hon. Dr Bob Such. I first knew Bob Such before he was a member of parliament. In fact, in the 1989 state election campaign, I did a significant amount of advanced party work for the Liberal Party, and we had a number of marginal seats we had to win. We in fact won five, which was not quite enough, but one of those was Fisher. I suppose as a flat country man from the north of Adelaide I learnt a bit more about those hilly suburbs just to the south. Certainly, I remember the energy that he took into that campaign; it stuck with me for a long time.

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AUSTRALIAN PIG BREEDERS ASSOCIATION LTD

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 17:34 :15 ): I have been aware of the activities of the Australian Pig Breeders Association Ltd for many years. Probably one of the reasons that I have had that knowledge has been the fact that that organisation has had an excellent newsletter published several times every year that has been distributed around Australia, not only within that industry but to people like me who are interested in rural activities in general but certainly industries such as the pig industry.

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NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE: ANNUAL REPORT 2013-2014

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 17:55 :43 ): I rise to support the motion moved by the Hon. Mr Kandelaars and to endorse his remarks about the work of the committee. It is a very good committee and is well chaired by the Hon. Steph Key, and the staff service it very well. I will take a few moments to make particular reference to one of the reports that the Hon. Mr Kandelaars mentioned, namely, the report the committee did into the Whyalla region fact-finding visit on 23‑24 October 2013. That report made a number of recommendations in relation to issues regarding properties in close proximity to significant mining operations in the Middleback Ranges.

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PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY, REHABILITATION AND COMPENSATION: ANNUAL REPORT 2013-14

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(19:56:51): I rise briefly to support this motion and thank the Hon. Mr Kandelaars for the manner in which he has summarised the work of the committee. I have only just come onto the committee since the election and I must say I am enjoying it very much. They are big shoes to fill, trying to take over from the Hon. Rob Lucas, but I am doing my best. Certainly, I have enjoyed the committee so far. I am not across a lot of the issues that were referred to in that report but I am pleased to say that the committee is getting into some serious issues to follow on from those matters.

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GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS MANAGEMENT (RIGHT TO DAMAGES) AMENDMENT BILL

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS ( 21:27 :57 ): I rise tonight to speak on behalf of the opposition and particularly the shadow minister for agriculture and primary industries, the Hon. David Ridgway, in relation to the Hon. Mr Parnell's bill to amend the GM Crops Management Act 2004 to enable a person who suffers damages as a result of GM plant material contaminating their land to sue companies who own and sell the technology.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION CONFERENCE

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(15:54:26): I rise today to speak about the inaugural Network of Networks Suicide Prevention conference which was held in the Festival Centre on 26 September. I congratulate the Chief Psychiatrist, Dr Peter Tyllis; Lynne James from his office; and others within the Mental Health Unit within the department. I think the conference, which was conducted free of charge for participants from the Suicide Prevention Networks around South Australia, was very well received. I think it was unanimously regarded as a great way of networking and finding out what other groups are doing in their various communities.

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