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Red Chamber Dispatch

This week in the Legislative Council

Ahead of the sitting week, I represented the Legislative Council at the commemoration service to mark the 97th anniversary of the funeral of Sir Ross Smith, a war hero and pioneering flyer. The service was part of the year long celebrations of the centenary of his epic flight from England to Australia in 1919.

This week the Treasurer took leave from the Council to visit the House of Assembly and deliver the Budget speech. The Council expects to receive the Budget Bills for consideration in the coming sitting weeks. During this sitting, the Council continued to debate the Supply Bill which provides the Government with funds to finance government services until the Budget Bills are passed. The Supply Bill was passed on Thursday.

The Council passed the Health Care (Governance) Amendment Bill with amendments. The Bill seeks to decentralise decision making in the health system from the central bureaucracy to local boards. The amendments supported by the Opposition and cross bench retain the Health Performance Council and provide for the appointment of a Mental Health Commissioner.

On Wednesday the Legislative Council conducts Private Members’ Business. Honourable members debated the Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) BillThe Bill seeks to decriminalise Sex Work in South Australia. The committee stage debate on the Bill went late into the evening and continued on Thursday when the Bill passed with amendments.

The Controlled Substances (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill was also considered by the Council. The debate on the Bill will continue next sitting week. The Bill seeks to enable the Youth Court to order that children and young people suffering from drug addiction must attend drug treatment programs.

The Legislative Council passed the Parliamentary Committees (Petitions) Amendment BillThe Bill obliges the Legislative Review Committee to report on any tabled petition signed by more than 10 000 South Australians. The relevant Minister must then provide Parliament with a response to the report.

In my role as President, I enjoyed hosting at Parliament House staff and students from the higher degree by research program from my alma mater, the University of Adelaide Law School. I was joined by the Speaker of the House of Assembly.

To learn more about the legislation currently before the Chamber, please click on the title to view a summary of each Bill and links to further detail.

If you have any questions regarding the business of the Legislative Council, please do not hesitate to contact my office on (08) 8237 9182.

Regards,

President of the Legislative Council

Hosting staff and students from the higher degree by research program from the University of Adelaide Law School along with the Speaker