In Parliament

BILL: Senior and Queen's Counsel

Today Mark outlined the Greens's opposition to this Government Bill which would reinstate the position of Queen's Counsel. Quoting from the iconic movie The Castle in his speech, Mark said that the legal profession has decided that they will be able to make more money if they are able to use the old royal moniker of Queen's Counsel rather than the more accurate but less time-honoured postnominal of SC or Senior Counsel.

QUESTION: Solar panels on public housing

In Question Time today, Mark asked the Minister for Human Services how many solar panels on public housing had been installed following the Government's commitment, secured by the Greens, for installation on a minimum of 75% of all suitable exiting public housing. 

GREENS BILL: Annual Public Meeting for Public Sector Agencies

Today Mark introduced a Greens Bill which would require every South Australian public sector agency to hold an annual public meeting, once in each year, to which members of the public are invited and at which they can ask questions, thus providing increased public accountability and transparency.

GREENS MOTION: Renumeration Tribunal determination

Mark moved a second motion on behalf of the Greens today, to note the determination of the Renumeration Tribunal concerning accommodation reimbursement and allowances for country Members of Parliament. 

GREENS MOTION: Disallowance of Planning Regulations

Today Mark moved a motion on behalf of the Greens to disallow planning regulations, in particular the regulation that allows use of the Planning and Development Fund for the purpose of administration. The motion is identical to the one which passed the Legislative Council in July, following which, identical regulations were re-introduced the following day. 

GREENS BILL: A Fair Go for Renters

Today Mark introduced a Greens' Bill to give people who rent in SA a fair go.  The Residential Tenancies (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill provides more protections and rights so that South Australians who rent will be able to live in a home that is safe, private and comfortable, without fear of being discriminated against if they request urgent repairs or being evicted for no reason.