In Parliament

GREENS MOTION: Planning and Design Code

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.

QUESTION: Homelessless in public health emergency

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.

BILL: Lifting the GM crops moratorium on mainland SA

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.

QUESTION: E-Scooters

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.

BILL: Bail under COVID-19 Emergency Response

Today Mark outlined the Greens' support for this Government Bill which increases the number of crimes where the presumption in favour of bail will not apply because a person has done something particularly bad during this time of crisis. He also outlined a Greens' amendment to the Bill, requiring bail authorities to take into account the fact that we are in a public health emergency. The amendment was supported by SA-Best but opposed by the Liberals or Labor so did not pass. 

BILL: Genetically Modified Crops Management

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.