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.
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.
In Parliament today, Mark spoke in support of amending the Equal Opportunity Act to ensure that sexual harassment by one Member of Parliament against another Member of Parliament will be covered by the law. The Act is clear that a Member of Parliament cannot sexually harass staff or anyone else, who in the course of employment, performs duties at Parliament House but there is no explicit mention of harassment against other MPs. Mark noted the importance of the Bill and the need for Parliament to be a leader in best practice and a model for others to follow.
In Question Time, Mark asked the Leader of the Government, representing the Attorney-General, whether the Government supports the implementation of OPCAT, whose primary objective is to prevent the mistreatment of people in detention.
With 2019 being the worst year for lead pollution in a decade, today Mark spoke about the ongoing problem of lead pollution at Port Pirie and the Environment Protection Agency's proposal to modernise Nyrstar's licence conditions, including reducing the amount of lead that Nyrstar is legally allowed to emit into the environment.
In Question Time, Mark asked the Minister for Trade and Investment, representing the Minister for Energy and Mining what steps is the Government taking to promote a green steel industry in South Australia.