In Parliament

GREENS MOTION: Urban trees and green open spaces motion passes

Today the Greens' motion calling on the Government to protect our existing urban trees and green open spaces, create healthy and diverse urban forests and reduce hard surfaces across metropolitan Adelaide, was slightly amended and passed with unanimous support in the Legislative Council.

GREENS MOTION: Disallowance of Native Vegetation Regulations in Flinders Chase defeated

Today Mark's motion to disallow the Government's Native Vegetation Regulations relating to Flinders Chase was debated and went to a vote.  Disappointingly, SA Best and Advance SA lined up with the Government and voted against the motion.  As a result the new rules stay in place, which means that any vegetation in the National Park that the developer wants to clear for buildings, roads, tracks, fire-breaks etc will no longer be assessed by the Native Vegetation Council, but will be approved by a public servant answerable to the Planning Minister.

GREENS MOTION: Disallowance of Flinders Chase Tourism Regulations defeated

Today Mark's motion to disallow the Government's Development Regulations relating to Flinders Chase was debated and went to a vote.  Disappointingly, SA Best and Advance SA lined up with the Government and voted against the motion.  As a result the new rules stay in place, which means that any tourism development valued at over $1million inside the Flinders Chase National Park no longer needs planning consent, will not be subject to any consultation and is protected from community challenge. 

SPEECH: Sonder Employment Solutions

Today Mark gave a Matters of Interest speech about Sonder Employment Solutions - a vital service that helps some of the most disadvantaged South Australians.

QUESTION: Commerical kanagroo culling

In Question Time today, Mark asked the Minister for Human Services, representing the Minister for Environment and Water, a question about the culling of kangaroos.

QUESTION: Development Application Register

In Question Time, Mark asked the Treasurer, representing the Minister for Planning, a question about defective and deficient public registers.