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Red Chamber Dispatch

This week in the Legislative Council

Congratulations to all of our candidates who worked so hard to secure our great victory at the Federal Election. I especially acknowledge those who were not successful. Their efforts contributed to the election of our third Senator.

This sitting week, the Legislative Council celebrated the 80th anniversary of the opening of the beautiful art-deco chamber. It was built with money gifted to the State by Sir John Langdon Bonython KCMG.

In the Chamber, I advised honourable members that the following bills had been assented to:

The Legislative Council granted leave for the Treasurer to attend at the table of the House of Assembly to deliver the Budget. The Budget speech will be delivered on 18 June.

The Council received a message from the House of Assembly informing the Council that its amendments to the Sentencing (Suspended and Community Based Custodial Sentences) Amendment Bill had been agreed to. The Bill will restrict the circumstances where a serious sexual offender may serve their sentence on home detention.

On Wednesday the Legislative Council conducts Private Members’ Business and the debate on the Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill went into the late evening. The Bill passed the second reading and will be further debated at the committee stage during the next sitting week. The Bill seeks to decriminalise sex work in South Australia.

The Council continued to debate the Health Care (Governance) Amendment BillThis Bill seeks to decentralise decision making in the health system from the central bureaucracy to local boards.

Debate commenced on the Victims of Crime (Offender Service and Joinder) Amendment Bill which seeks to reduce the burden on victims of crime by making it safer and simpler for them to access compensation.

The Landscape South Australia Bill was introduced into the Legislative Council this week. The Bill will reduce costs for landowners and reduce the bureaucracy of natural resource management. The Bill will repeal the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 and replace it with a scheme which puts locals at the heart of natural resource management and caps increases to land and water levies.

As President, it was my great pleasure to host the Right Honourable the Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph Morrow at Parliament House. The Lord Lyon King of Arms is the head of the Court of the Lord Lyon and is responsible for regulating heraldry in Scotland as well as issuing grants of arms and supervising state ceremony in Scotland.

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

Welcoming the Right Honourable the Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph Morrow to Parliament House