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.
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.
Today the Greens' motion to disallow the Government's Regulations that lifted the moratorium on growing GM crops on mainland SA from 5 March 2020 passed in the Upper House. This is the third time an identical Greens' motion has been passed. It was supported by Labor Opposition and SA-Best and opposed by the Liberal Government.
Today Mark reflected that in this time of crisis, we not only have our eyes wide open to the flaws in our current system, we have a great opportunity to rewrite the rules to fix what is broken and create the type of Australia we want for our future, not just temporary bandages to get us through this immediate crisis.
In Question Time, Mark asked the Minister for Trade and Investment, representing the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government, how the Government will respond to an open letter calling on state governments to enable safe walking and cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future.
Further to his speech indicating that the Greens would oppose this Government Bill unless it was substantially amended, today Mark introduced the Greens' amendments to it. These were supported by SA-Best but opposed by both Liberal and Labor so did not pass.