State Parliament sat Tuesday and Wednesday last week, as scheduled, to debate and pass the COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill. The new legislation gives our State Government fundamental powers and authority to deal with the crises situation we are currently facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
State Parliament will continue to sit through the crises, albeit with a modified schedule. This will allow the business of government to continue, while at the same time operate as a responsible workplace. Pairing arrangements for MPs have been negotiated, and seating has been organised so that distancing can be observed in the Parliamentary Chamber. I will continue to fulfil my duty as Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees, roles I very much enjoy. It is for the Chair of Committees to manage the consideration of any Bill through the final stage (ie the committee stage) of debate.
Obviously, while government directives around social distancing and non-essential travel remain an imperative, we are all adjusting how we live, work and play. It’s a big ask, given that everyday Australians have been expected to change our way of life overnight.
My electorate offices in both Port Lincoln and Ceduna remain operational, however in the interests of public wellbeing, we have closed the front doors for the time being. I would encourage anyone who needs to contact me to do so via email or phone call – and we will look to assist in that way.