In Parliament

QUESTION: SA position on the deregulation of new GM techniques

During Question Time, Mark asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing again about the SA Government's position on the Federal Government's proposal to deregulate a number of new genetic modification techniques, given that the states had been asked to sign-off on the proposed regulatory changes by 11 March this year.

QUESTION: Deregulation of new GM techniques

During Question Time, Mark asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing about the SA Government's position on the federal deregulation of new genetic modification techniques, given the significance of this decision and the likely negative impact on overseas markets for Australian food products if deregulation proceeds. Mark also requested that the Minister release the regulatory impact statement and any analysis on trade and market access impacts, including economic impacts on South Australian farmers and businesses.

GREENS BILL: Protection for South Australian heritage places

Mark today introduced a Greens' Private Members Bill to ensure the continued protection of South Australia's heritage buildings.

QUESTION: Freedom of information

During Question Time, Mark asked the Treasurer, as Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council, about providing access to cabinet documents in light of the Government's election promise and commitment to greater transparency and openness in government.

Bill: Simplify

In speaking to the Government's Simplify Bill today, Mark noted that the vast bulk of it relates to access to government information and that while overall the reforms are an improvement, they are modest, lacking in ambition as to what is possible and what is needed. 

QUESTION: Medical help for asylum seekers

During Question Time, Mark asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing whether he will again offer South Australia as a destination for asylum seekers who are repartirated to Australia for medical treatment as an alternative to sending them to Christmas Island.