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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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AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS

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

 

That this council—

 

1. Notes that—

 

(a) 2014 is the centenary year of the Red Cross in Australia, a substantial milestone in the social history of the nation , and commemorates 100 years of humanitarian service to the people of Australia;

 

(b) many Australians have shared a personal connection with the Red Cross, from its humanitarian role during two world wars, to preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters, or helping vulnerable people and communities overcome disadvantage, and through its world-class national blood service;

 

(c) for 100 years the Australian Red Cross has enjoyed a unique auxiliary status to the public authorities in the humanitarian field, working in partnership with governments of diverse political persuasions, in Australia and internationally, to alleviate suffering in a voluntary aid capacity whilst adhering to its principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality; and

 

(d) the Australian Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian movement, with millions of volunteers working in over 100 countries, united by the fundamental principle of preventing and alleviating human suffering, without discrimination, wherever it may be found in times of war, conflict, disaster or personal crisis.

 

2. Calls on all honourable members of this council to join the Australian Re d Cross in celebrating the 100 th anniversary of its founding on 13 August 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World War I.

 

(Continued from 6 August 2014.)

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JONES, MR HENRY

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. J.M.A. Lensink:

That this council expresses its deep regret at the death of Mr Henry Jones and places on record it s appreciation for his long and tireless commitment to the River Murray and the Murray- Darling Basin .

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         15:37         :00         ):  I rise today to speak about World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day. There has been a significant recent focus on suicide prevention and mental health in the South Australian community in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September and R U OK? Day on 11 September. World Suicide Prevention Day was launched in 2003, and the organisation R U OK? was established in 2009. I think both days, but the organisations that work towards marking those events, promote greater awareness, discussion and conversation around suicide and mental health issues.

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WHITE RIBBON DAY

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS         (         17:19         :30         ):  Firstly, I would like to thank the eight members of this chamber—it is probably not unprecedented, but it is certainly unusual for as many people as that to speak on a non-controversial matter—who have spoken on this debate, and also the others who have supported me in putting this motion without wishing to speak. I mention in that regard, obviously, the Hon. Mr Hunter and the Hon. Mr Gazzola, who were responsible for me first being involved in the White Ribbon movement, so I thank them for that.

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AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(16:44:38): I move:

 

That this council—

1.Notes that—

 

(a)2014 is the centenary year of the Red Cross in Australia, a substantial milestone in the social history of the nation and commemorates 100 years of humanitarian service to the people of Australia;

 

(b)Many Australians have shared a personal connection with the Red Cross, from its humanitarian role during two world wars, to preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters, or helping vulnerable people and communities overcome disadvantage, and through its world-class national blood service;

 

(c)For 100 years the Australian Red Cross has enjoyed a unique auxiliary status to the public authorities in the humanitarian field, working in partnership with governments of diverse political persuasions, in Australia and internationally, to alleviate suffering in a voluntary aid capacity whilst adhering to its principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality; and

 

(d)The Australian Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian movement, with millions of volunteers working in over 100 countries, united by the fundamental principle of preventing and alleviating human suffering, without discrimination, wherever it may be found in times of war, conflict, disaster or personal crisis.

 

2.Calls on all honourable members of this council to join the Australian Red Cross in celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding on 13 August 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World War I.

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WHITE RIBBON DAY

That this council recognises White Ribbon Day and encourages all men to swear an oath to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.

 

In moving this motion I note that the member for Stuart in another place will also, in the near future, move exactly the same motion (as I understand it) about White Ribbon Day, and I acknowledge that, like myself, he is an ambassador for White Ribbon. I also put on record that the member for Stuart also recently moved a motion in the House of Assembly recognising Domestic Violence Month.

 

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JOSEPH SERIDIS TRUST FUND

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(15:51:34): I am always grateful for the selfless efforts of people in our community towards helping others in a range of ways. I rise to speak first about the Joseph Seridis Trust Fund. Beginning in 2004 in honour of Joseph Seridis, who sadly passed away in 2002, the trust supports young people in Gawler and the surrounding areas who are suffering from physical and multiple disabilities by providing them with equipment to enhance their day-to-day lives and independence. To date the Joseph Seridis Trust Fund has provided over $75,000 worth of grants ranging from wheelchairs and ramps to computers and iPads, equipment that would not otherwise have been available.

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BURNSIDE COUNCIL

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

That in accordance with the recommendation in the report of the Select Committee on the Inquiry into the Corporation of the City of Burnside, the Legislative Council refers the report to the Office of Public Integrity for its consideration.

(Continued from 21 May 2014.)

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BANFIELD, HON. D.H.L.

The Hon. J.S.L. DAWKINS(14:30:43): I briefly rise to support this motion. I met the Hon. Mr Banfield when I was a young lad, I suppose, as my father was in this place for all of the time that the Hon. Mr Banfield was here. Despite their different backgrounds, they developed a friendship and mutual respect for each other that I think many of us in this place acknowledge can be developed across the party lines, and they had a strong regard for each other.

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