In Parliament

QUESTION: Community volunteers under Landscape South Australia Act

In Question Time today, Mark asked the Minister for Human Services, representing the Minister for Environment and Water, about support for community volunteers following the transition to new natural resource management (NRM) arrangements under the Landscape South Australia Act.

GREENS BILL: Pledge of Loyalty

Today Mark introduced and spoke to this Greens bill which removes the outdated and inappropriate provision in our constitution requiring Members of Parliament, police officers and judges to swear an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her heirs and successors on appointment. 

QUESTION: Standing Orders Committee

In Question Time, Mark asked the President of the Legislative Council in his capacity as Chair of the Standing Orders Committee whether he would convene a meeting of the Standing Orders Committee given that standing orders have not been revised for 21 years. 

BILL: Single-use and other plastic products

Today, Mark outlined the Greens' position on this Government bill which will prohibit some single-use plastics and polystyrene products. Mark noted the modest list of items included under the bill and spoke of the Greens' forthcoming amendments to it which will primarily expand the list of items covered by the bill.  

MOTION: Beyond COVID - Creating a fairer Australia

Mark moved a motion today noting the impact of COVID-19 and recognising that we are now at a crossroad, giving us the choice to either go back to business as usual or take this opportunity to forge a new path for our collective future and Build Back Better.

Bill: Radiation protection and control

Today Mark spoke to this Government Bill which is the first comprehensive revision of current laws in nearly 40 years. He noted that the bill falls short of the regulatory standard South Australians have a right to expect and outlined the amendments he has filed on behalf of the Greens, to ensure that South Australia's regulatory regime for the licence of radioactive materials is the best in the world.