In Question Time today, Mark asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing about the ongoing health impacts of lead pollution from the smelter in Port Pirie.
Today Mark moved a motion on behalf of the Greens in support of a petition signed by 13, 928 residents of South Australia concerning the impact of planning laws on the environment, heritage and community rights.
In Question Time, Mark asked the Minister for Human Services about the process of monitoring homelessness in the city during the current public health emergency.
Today Labor, SA-Best and Advance SA voted with the Government to remove the moratorium on GM crops on mainland SA, without any protections for non-GM and organic farmers. The Greens were the only party voting to keep SA GM-free.
Mark's amendments to reverse the Labor amendments that had removed ministerial discretion and public notification of experimental GM crops trials, and automatically allowed GM crop trials to occur in GM-free areas including KI, passed. However his amendments relating to farmer protections, GM contamination risk assessment, public notification of GM crop locations and allowing Councils rather than the Minister to be the decision makers if they wish to remain GM-free, were voted down.
In Question Time, Mark asked the Minister for Trade and Investment, representing the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government about the use of privately owned e-scooters.
Today Mark spoke to this SA-Best Private Member's Bill which proposed to lift the moratorium on GM crops on mainland SA. While acknowledging the farmer protection measures in the bill, Mark stated why the Greens would not be supporting it: the best protection for our farmers is to keep the moratorium in place.