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Mandatory treatment for young people who are drug dependent

The Marshall Liberal Government will today introduce legislation to provide for the option of mandatory treatment for children and young people dependent on drugs.

The Controlled Substance (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill 2018 will enable parents who have been unable to engage their children in voluntary treatment to legally force their children to attend drug treatment programs in the hope of breaking addiction at the earliest possible time.

140 years of caring for families

The Marshall Liberal Government has congratulated staff and volunteers at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, which has today marked 140 years since the laying of the foundation stone.

The Governor attended an official function at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at 11am, exactly 140 years since the foundation stone was laid.

Adult Safeguarding Unit to be established

The State Government will today introduced landmark legislation to establish an Adult Safeguarding Unit in South Australia.

The Office for the Ageing (Adult Safeguarding) Amendment Bill 2018 is the first of its kind in Australia and protects adults who are vulnerable to abuse or neglect.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the legislation is in direct response to issues identified in the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service, and will provide much-needed safeguards for vulnerable adults.

Liberal Government to crack down on truancy in our schools

A new Education and Children’s Services Bill will be introduced into Parliament this week, which will include measures to increase the Government’s powers to deal with chronic absenteeism in schools.

The introduction of the Bill was an election commitment of the Marshall Liberal Government, and has been delivered within 100 days of government as promised.

“Students who are chronically absent from school have lower educational outcomes and are more likely to be vulnerable or at risk,” said Education Minister John Gardner.

Works underway to tackle rock throwing on Southern Expressway

Works to protect motorists on the Southern Expressway from rock throwing incidents have begun today with steel mesh to be installed over loose rocks along the motorway and additional CCTV cameras to be installed this week.  

Approximately 2,000 square metres of rock embankment will be secured by the installation of steel mesh at Beach Road and Honeypot Road.

“These are the first of a number of measures the State Government is implementing to help keep motorists safe on the Southern Expressway,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.

Language studies set to be reinvigorated in SA schools

A suite of measures designed to reinvigorate language studies in SA schools has been introduced, fulfilling a 100-day commitment of the Marshall Liberal Government.

Since 2002, the proportion of Year 12 students studying a language other than English has halved.

Education Minister John Gardner said the suite of measures will create new opportunities that benefit our students, schools and education system.

Protecting the rights of older South Australians

Financial abuse of older South Australians will be the focus of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference in Adelaide today.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade has used his opening address at the conference to launch SA Health’s Stop Elder Abuse campaign.

“Eighty per cent of elder abuse in South Australia is committed by a family member and half of all cases are financial in nature,” Minister Wade said.

Code Blue continues for rough sleepers across SA

The State Government‘s Code Blue emergency winter response for people sleeping rough across the state remains in place until tomorrow morning, due to the current cold and wet conditions.

Activated yesterday, 85 people were assisted, including 41 people who were provided with overnight shelter.

The Code Blue activation ensures there is shelter available overnight for rough sleepers during extreme winter weather conditions.

SA Government response to Child Sexual Abuse

The Marshall Liberal Government has released its response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as part of its plans to better protect children from this appalling behaviour.

“The Royal Commission uncovered shocking cases of institutional abuse of children that highlighted the need for sweeping reform of how we, as a society, protect our most vulnerable members from this appalling abuse,” said Attorney General Vickie Chapman.