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Condolence Motion - Hon Jennifer Cashmore AM

27 June, 2024

The Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:01): I rise today with great sadness to join other Honourable Members to speak on a condolence motion for the Hon. Jennifer Cashmore AM.

I wish to convey my deepest condolences to Her Excellency the Governor of South Australia, family members, friends and all those who knew and loved Jennifer. I would like to take this opportunity today to pay tribute to the Hon. Jennifer Cashmore, who was a trailblazer of our state and our country.

Condolence Motion - Mr Raymond Steele Hall

19 June, 2024

The Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:43): I rise today with great sadness to support this condolence motion.

I would like to firstly convey my deepest condolences to Steele's loving wife, Joan, his six children, six grandchildren, other family Members and friends on the sad occasion of the passing of Mr Raymond Steele Hall at the age of 95. Known affectionately by his middle name, Steele Hall was a giant of South Australian politics and public life.

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI NEWTON PARISH 70TH ANNIVERSARY

16 May, 2024

The Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:38): I move:

That this Council—

  1. Recognises that the St Francis of Assisi Newton Parish celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2023 and notes a special publication will be released in 2024 to mark 70 years of legacy and achievements;
  2. Acknowledges the important work of St Francis of Assisi Newton Parish in preserving Italian heritage, cultural traditions and religious beliefs;
  3. Commends the significant positive social and cultural impacts that St Francis of Assisi Newton Parish has had on the local community by fostering religious, cultural ties and community links between Italy and Adelaide; and
  4. Congratulates parish priests, community leaders and volunteers of St Francis of Assisi Newton Parish for their dedication and wonderful support to providing a sanctuary for the local community to gather on special occasions and for organising community events and celebrations which promote inter-culturalism and multiculturalism in South Australia.

Australia Sri Lanka Association 50th Anniversary

16 May, 2024

The Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:38): I move:

That this Council—

  1. Congratulates the Australia Sri Lanka Association (ASLA) for reaching a special milestone, their 50thanniversary, in 2024;
  2. Recognises that ASLA is a pioneering community organisation that has been serving the Sri Lankan-Australian community by providing valuable networks and platforms for community members to develop friendships, to exchange ideas and to share the rich traditions of Sri Lankan culture in Adelaide;
  3. Acknowledges the important work of founding members, current and past presidents, committee members and volunteers of ASLA for their hard work, dedication and contributions in delivering 50 years of outstanding community service in South Australia;
  4. Commends ASLA for working collaboratively with small businesses and food vendors to deliver the popular Sri Lankan Food and Cultural Day as a flagship event for over 10 years in Adelaide; and
  5. Reflects on the many achievements of ASLA over five decades and recognises the impact of ASLA and its contributions to enrich multicultural South Australia.

ZONTA CLUB OF ADELAIDE

16 May, 2024

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. R.B. Martin:

That this Council—

  1. Notes that 2024 marks the 55th year of the Zonta Club of Adelaide;
  2. Recognises the significant contribution the Zonta Club has made to empowering the women of South Australia; and
  3. Congratulates all those who have contributed to the work of the Zonta Club over the last 55 years.

(Continued from 10 April 2024.)

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

15 May, 2024

The Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (18:01): I move:

That this Council—

  1. Congratulates Singapore Airlines for 40 years of successful operation in Adelaide;
  2. Acknowledges Singapore Airlines as Adelaide’s longest serving international airline;
  3. Recognises the significant impact Singapore Airlines has on the visitor economy, international students market, international trade and exports sector over the last 40 years;
  4. Notes Singapore Airlines has played a pivotal role in South Australia’s COVID pandemic recovery and was one of the first international airlines to reintroduce flights in mid-2020 to help repatriate South Australians and to also transport South Australian exports to global markets; and
  5. Commends Singapore Airlines for its long-term commitment to work in partnership with Adelaide Airport and recognises the airline’s important contributions to the tourism, transport and aviation sectors in South Australia.

FALL OF SAIGON 49TH ANNIVERSARY

02 May, 2024

The Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:21): I rise today to speak about the 49th anniversary commemoration of the Fall of Saigon.

The Vietnam War, from 1962 to 1975, was one of the longest conflicts in the 20th century. Some 60,000 Australian defence personnel served in Vietnam over 10 years of the war. Known as Black April, the Fall of Saigon marks the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by North Vietnamese forces on 30 April 1975. This dark moment in history signified the end of the Vietnam War and the collapse of the South Vietnamese state.

SUMMARY OFFENCES (PROSTITUTION LAW REFORM) AMENDMENT BILL

01 May, 2024

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 27 September 2023.)

The Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (21:03): I rise today to indicate my support for the Summary Offences (Prostitution Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2023.

I wish to thank the Hon. Nicola Centofanti for bringing this bill to the chamber and allowing us the opportunity to have a robust and respectful debate on the sex industry and prostitution law reform. The fact that we have found ourselves in this place as legislators engaging in intense consultations, debates, research and deliberations on this issue over many years demonstrates that there is a genuine need to reform our current laws.

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

01 May, 2024

Adjourned debate on motion of Hon. N.J. Centofanti:

That the Statutory Authorities Review Committee inquire into and report on the South Australian Museum, with particular reference to:

  1. Its proposed restructure of research and collections;
  2. Its infrastructure and proposed strategic plan;
  3. Its funding from government and non-government sources; and
  4. Any related matters.

(Continued from 10 April 2024.)

 

The Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (20:25): I rise today to support the motion put forward by the Hon. Nicola Centofanti for the Statutory Authorities Review Committee to inquire into and report on the proposed restructuring of the South Australian Museum.

BICKFORD’S AUSTRALIA 150TH ANNIVERSARY

11 April, 2024

The Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (16:42): I move:

That this Council—

  1. Recognises that a proudly Australian family-owned business, Bickford's Australia, will celebrate its 150thanniversary in 2024;
  2. Congratulates Bickford's Australia for reaching its remarkable milestones and acknowledges its legacy and historical connection with South Australia;
  3. Celebrates this iconic local business for its outstanding business success and innovation to becoming a globally recognised brand and acknowledges the Kotses family's vision for manufacturing in South Australia;
  4. Notes the significant positive social, cultural and economic impacts that Bickford's Australia has had for the manufacturing sector, beverage production industry and wider community; and
  5. Recognises Bickford's Australia for their continued efforts to keeping their production and employment local and for maintaining its status as an Australian family-owned and managed business.