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GREENS CALL ON MARSHALL GOVERNMENT FOR CAUTION ON CONFUCIUS CLASSROOMS

Confucius Institutes are a key plank of the Chinese Communist Party's global soft power effort.  There are 14 Confucius Institutes in Australian universities and 67 Confucius Classrooms in Australian schools.

In South Australia, there is a ‘Confucius Institute’ (CI) at the University of Adelaide, two Confucius Classrooms in our state's public schools (Salisbury High and Plympton International College), and one Confucius Classroom in the private sector at Christian Brothers College.

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GREENS CALL FOR STRONGER “PHONY POLICE” LAWS

After first appearing in Perth, another car has now appeared in Adelaide imitating a Chinese police vehicle, alarming members of the public and in particular ex-pats from China. There is currently speculation that this fake police car may have been part of an intimidating ploy against pro-democracy protesters rallying in solidarity with those in Hong Kong over the weekend.

Currently under South Australian law it is an offence to impersonate a police officer, but it is unclear if this incident is an offence under our state’s legislation as it does not refer to police vehicles or the impersonation of police from other countries. There needs to be greater clarity around these laws to protect the community. 

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Emergency Services Volunteers' Charter Bill Finally Passes the Parliament

In a win for respect for CFS and SES Volunteers, today the Fire and Emergency Services (Volunteer Charter) Bill has passed in the House of Assembly with the support of all sides of politics after it was moved by Troy Bell MP. This Bill had already passed the Legislative Council, where it was sponsored by Tammy Franks MLC, and enshrines the CFS and SES Volunteer Charters in the Act itself (rather than in regulations).

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Greens Say Confucius Institute Contracts Demand Scrutiny

Confucius Institutes are a key plank of the Chinese Communist Party's global soft power effort. In South Australia, we have one Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide, two Confucius Classrooms in our state's public schools (Salisbury High and Plympton International College), and one Confucius Classroom in the private sector at Christian Brothers College. There are 14 Confucius Institutes in Australian universities and 67 Confucius Classrooms in Australian schools.

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Greens Secure Inquiry Into School Complaints To Break Bill Impasse

The Education and Children’s Services Bill currently before the state Parliament has stalled for four months while negotiations between Government and Upper House MPs on amendments continue.

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GREENS SEEING RED ON CODE BLUE CALL

The SA Greens have welcomed today’s announcement of a Code Blue emergency homelessness response but have renewed their calls (made in parliament last week) for a review and reform of the criteria for a Cold Blue to be called.

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LET’S RESPECT THOSE WHO PROTECT US

This week is National Volunteer Week: a time when as a community we reflect on and celebrate the enormous value and work of our volunteers. This includes CFS and SES volunteers. Greens MLC Tammy Franks will be bringing her Fire and Emergency Services (Volunteer Charter) Bill to a vote on the 5th of June. This Bill seeks to enshrine the CFS and SES Volunteer Charters in legislation, as well as mandate that governments consult with the CFS and SES volunteers in respect to matters that concern them.

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Change the Rules on Industrial Manslaughter

Greens MLC Tammy Franks will introduce a Bill designed to create a new offence of “Industrial Manslaughter” in South Australia.

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HIGH COURT THROWS OUT CASE AGAINST SAFE ACCESS ZONES

The High Court has thrown out the case against safe access zone laws in Victoria and Tasmania.  Safe access zones in Victoria and Tasmania create a 150-metre protection zone outside abortion clinics and prohibit certain behaviours.

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Public Health - Not Polemics - Should Guide Immunisation Debate

The SA Greens are dismayed that the Shadow Minister for Health, Chris Picton, continues to prioritise playing politics over public health and an evidence-based approach in the so-called ‘No Jab No Play’ debate.

The state Upper House today passed legislation (South Australian Public Health (Early Childhood Services and Immunisation) Amendment Bill 2019) that will require early childhood services to keep and provide immunisation records for all children attending their services. In the case of an outbreak, significant powers and penalties will apply for non-compliance, and children will be able to be excluded from attendance for non-compliance.

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