Legislative Council: Thursday, November 03, 2022


Women's Legal Service

The Hon. I. PNEVMATIKOS (15:11): My question is to the Attorney-General. Will the minister inform the chamber about this year's Women's Legal Service fundraiser Warm Up and Serve?

The PRESIDENT: I call the Attorney.

The Hon. J.E. Hanson interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: The Hon. Mr Hanson, don't encourage him.

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Attorney.

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:12): Sorry, sir, I can't hear a thing with all the noise around me.

The PRESIDENT: Yes, exactly. The interjections are out of order.

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Order! Attorney.

The Hon. K.J. MAHER: I thank the honourable member for the question. It's a very important question. On 13 September the Women's Legal Service of South Australia held its annual fundraiser Warm Up and Serve. The Women's Legal Service here in South Australia is one of our outstanding community legal services that provides critical legal assistance that is free and accessible to women in South Australia, both locally and in remote areas, when they need it most.

The annual Warm Up and Serve fundraiser raises additional funds to provide these much needed services, where a selection of delicious, hearty soups and breads are sold, and people from all around Adelaide can come together and donate to the service and have the option to buy and enjoy a winter warmer with important conversations about how critical this legal representation is for women in need.

I have noticed many of my colleagues attend these events in the past. While I have attended and have indulged in many soups in the past, I was unfortunately unable to attend this year as I was in Coober Pedy at the time, but I have been very pleased to attend this event in past years. I note that whilst I was in Coober Pedy I had the opportunity to catch up with and discuss the regional services provided by Abbey Kendall who runs critically important legal services for women in South Australia.

My colleague in another place, the Hon. Katrine Hildyard, the Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, attended this year's fundraiser. Although I have attended with her in the past, she was able to pass on to me that it was another highly and well received event.