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Red Chamber Dispatch

This week in the Legislative Council

Ahead of the sitting week, I hosted the Grain Producers SA’s Emerging Leaders Program at Parliament House. I enjoyed speaking to the next generation of South Australia’s agricultural leaders about my leadership journey and the processes of government.

I also had the honour of representing the Legislative Council at the Investiture Ceremony for the Most Venerable Order of St John. I extend my congratulations to each volunteer who had their service to St John Ambulance recognised at the Investiture. It was a great opportunity to catch up with many friends from my time as Chair of St John.

This sitting week I welcomed to Parliament House the Mayors of Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Pirie. I thank them for briefing me on the new and exciting opportunities in the Upper Spencer Gulf. I visited the region earlier this year to meet with each of the newly elected mayors.

In the Chamber, I formally notified the honourable members that the Supply Bill had been assented to by His Excellency the Governor.

The Council considered and passed the Controlled Substances (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill. The Bill intends to enable the Youth Court to order that children and young people suffering from drug addiction must attend drug treatment programs. Amendments were made to the Bill which seek to ensure that any child or young person involved in this process is represented by legal counsel.

The Legislative Council received a message from the House of Assembly noting that it disagreed to the honourable members amendments limiting the operation of the Statutes Amendment (Child Exploitation and Encrypted Material) BillThe amendments confine the powers of police to compel a person to provide access to password protected materials to circumstances where it is suspected that the materials relate to child exploitation. Honourable members resolved to insist on their amendments.

The Council debated and passed the Victims of Crime (Offender Service and Joinder) Amendment Bill,which seeks to reduce the burden on victims of crime by making it easier for them to access compensation.

The Criminal Law Consolidation (Assaults on Prescribed Emergency Workers) Amendment Bill was passed with amendmentsThe Bill will create a standalone offence of assaulting an emergency services worker with bodily fluids. The definition of emergency services worker includes police, paramedics, St John Ambulance volunteers, nurses and firefighters. The amendments supported by the opposition and cross bench also include protection for RSPCA inspectors.

The Council deliberated and passed the Statutes Amendment (SACAT) BillThe Bill seeks to reduce the burden on business and consumers by allowing appeals against decisions made by government agencies to be dealt with efficiently by the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Honourable members continued to debate the Landscape South Australia Bill. This Bill seeks to reduce costs for land owners and improve natural resource management. The Minister for Environment and Water has designed a new scheme which puts locals at the heart of natural resource management.

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

In the Red Chamber with the next generation of SA’s agricultural leaders and Caroline Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer of Grain Producers SA

Local Government (Rate Oversight) Amendment Bill;
Labour Hire Licensing Repeal Bill;
Landscape South Australia Bill; and
Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill.