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Red Chamber Dispatch

This week in the Legislative Council

On Tuesday I manned the Flinders University Liberal Club stand as part of their O’Week. I had great fun meeting students interested in joining our great movement.

On Wednesday I represented the Legislative Council at a ceremony to unveil the official portrait of the Hon Steele Hall, South Australia’s 36th Premier. The Hall Liberal Government achieved much for all South Australians. It was great to catch up with Joan and Steele at the unveiling.

With Nelson Ellis, President of the Flinders University Liberal Club and Connor Pangallo.

The Legislative Council continued its consideration of the Landscape South Australia Bill. The Bill seeks to reduce costs for land owners and continue to improve natural resource management by placing locals at the heart of natural resource management.  

Honourable members continued their second reading contributions on the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) BillThe Bill seeks to reform governance of the mining sector in South Australia. 

The disagreement with the House of Assembly over amendments to the Education and Children’s Services Bill were resolved at a deadlock conference. The Bill was subsequently passed and represents the most significant reform of the Education Act in 40 years.  

Honourable members commenced debating the Lobbyists (Restrictions on Lobbying) Amendment BillThe Bill intends to ensure the transparency and accountability of those who seek to lobby the Government. The Bill will prohibit members of the state governing body of a political party or union from being lobbyists.  

The Council debated and passed the Director of Public Prosecutions (Pension Entitlements) Amendments Bill. The Bill amended the employment conditions of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

I also attended the 4th annual Walk for a Veteran which raises funds for veterans suffering from mental illness after serving to protect our freedoms. I was joined on the 42 kilometre walk by the Premier, our former candidate for Port Adelaide Chad McLaren and my son Hamish. 

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

With the Premier during the Walk for a Veteran.