In Parliament

BILL: COVID-19 Emergency Response

Today Mark outlined the Greens' support for this Government Bill which gives the Government and SAPOL additional powers during the current health emergency. It also provides protection for renters facing hardship due to COVID-19. Mark also outlined two Greens' amendments to the Bill, which subsequently passed. 

QUESTION: Support for refugees and asylum seekers under COVID-19 response

In Question Time, Mark asked the Minister for Human Services about support for refugees and asylum seekers during the public health emergency.

QUESTION: Funding for housing and homelessness centres

In Question Time, Mark asked the Minister for Human Services about funding for organisations including Shelter SA, the Tenants' Information and Advisory Service, Get-A-Place and the Financial Services Clinic which is uncertain as the Government embarks on a tendering process for customer advisory and engagement services. 

BILL: Trespass on Primary Production Premises

Today Mark put the Greens' position on the record once more in relation to this Bill which increases penalties for farm trespass. As it does not seem to be based on any South Australian experience nor address any of the reasons why animal welfare groups take it upon themselves to trespass on farms, the Greens will oppose the Bill at the third reading unless it is substantially amended. 

QUESTION: South Australian food businesses and GM crops

In Question Time, Mark asked the Minister for Trade and Investment if he had met with representatives of South Australian food producers who market their products as GMO free, to discuss their concerns over GM crops and the impact of lifting the moratorium on their domestic and export markets.

GREENS MOTION: Greens win vote to reinstate GM crops moratorium on mainland SA

Today the Greens' motion to disallow the Government's Regulations that lifted the moratorium on growing GM crops on mainland SA from 1 January 2020 passed in the Upper House.  It was supported by Labor Opposition and SA-Best and opposed by the Liberal Government.