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Michael Atkinson Member for Croydon

On February 5th 2013 the House of Assembly appointed Michael Atkinson as Speaker of the House.


Mick being dragged to Speakers chair

Some Speakers have been beheaded, others hanged and others have had their property forfeited or been excommunicated (eg. Sir John Bussy & William Catesby). This was owing to the King or the Parliament or a rival claimant to the throne distrusting them. So it is that Speakers must be dragged to chair. The Leader of the Opposition, Steven Marshall, and Premier Jay Weatherill dragged me to the chair.


Mick standing in chair

It is custom for the Speaker to thank the house for the honour of its appointing him to preside at its session. I thanked the House of Assembly for its trust in me (I was not opposed for the position by any other M.P.) and I suggested some changes, such as allowing members of the public (and the media) to photograph all M.Ps in the House and giving Independent M.Ps a question without notice in Question Time every day. Independent M.Ps have hitherto been denied questions without notice by an arrangement between the Opposition and the Government to monopolize them. I also foreshadowed that I would allow television cameras serving regional media (such as Win TV & Southern Cross T.V.) to film from the galleries on the opposite side of the chamber from the customary TV cameras so that Independent M.Ps faces could be filmed rather than the back of their heads as has always been the case.


Mick sitting in Speakers Chair

Members have been much better behaved during the three days I have been Speaker. Premier Jay Weatherill and Leader of the Opposition Steven Marshall have pledged themselves to bring greater civility to Parliamentary discourse and this week they delivered


Electoral Boundary Redistribtion

On August 22nd 2012 the Electoral Commission released its Final Redistribution Report, revising electorate boundaries across South Australia. A new map of the Croydon electorate can be found here.


News Releases 2008

A-G - 11.5 Million to Break the Cycle of Youth Offending-22-5-08
A-G - 98 Ways to Celebrate S.A. Culture-3-7-08
A-G - 3-2 Youth Crime Laws in Force-3-2-08
A-G - African Youths Rhyme Against Crime 13-12-08
A-G - Car Theft Immobilised 11-8-08
A-G - Christmas Scrooges Stop Food Donations 26-11-08
A-G - Clean Slates For Good Behaviour 8-11-08
A-G - Do You Speak A Second Language 19-9-08
A-G - Drug-Making Tools Risk Jail 19-10-08
A-G - Ending the Maze of Suppressions 24-7-08
A-G - Future-Proofing Forensics 10-12-08
A-G - Health expert to help the vulnerable-18-7-08
A-G - Help on Hand For Victims 18-8-08
A-G - Helping Our Nearest Neighbour 9-9-08
A-G - Life Just Got Harder For Criminal Bikies 4-9-08
A-G - Lifting The Veil on Historical Sex Abuse 2-11-08
A-G - New Laws To Serve Up More Free Food 14-12-08
A-G - No Getting Away With Murder 31-7-08
A-G - Odyssey Begins 1-10-08
A-G - Para West Wins First Aboriginal Power Cup 15-8-08
A-G - Please Explain For Charging Charities 27-11-08
A-G - Power Cup Carnival Kicks Off 14-8-08
A-G - Saluting Our Merchant Navy 3-9-08
A-G - Seeking Veterans Views 17-9-08
A-G - Successful Bidders For Otway Basin Licences 31-12-08
A-G - Supreme Court Backs Truth in Sentencing Laws 29-8-08
A-G - Tribute To A War hero 3-10-08
A-G - Truth in Sentencing secured 22-7-08
A-G - Video Perverts Penalised 30-10-08
A-G and Rankine - Breaking the Cycle 28-7-08
A-G and Rankine-Government Urges Upper House to Back Rape Reforms-6-3-08
Atkinson - Crime Grants 25-6-08
Atkinson - Warm Welcome for Young Migrants 22-9-08
Atkinson - Cheech and Chong Try to Save the Bong-6-3-08
Atkinson - Indecent Filming 5-3-08


News Releases 2007

Cappo Response2
Chief Magistrate - 12-02-073
Chief Magistrate - 15-02-07
Crime Prevention Grants - South Australia -22-06-07
Cross border Justice
Dangerous Offendersfinal07-02-2007
Domestic Partners starts1-6-07
Drink Spiking in Force16-12-07
Drug Equipment Ban
Emergency workers
Emergency workers in Force
Gun Ban Rejected
Hicks Bill 29-05-07
Hicks Bill In Force
Hon Michael Atkinson - More Legal Aid
Hoon Laws in Force 16-12-07
Judge McIntyre appointment 26-10-07
Law Christmas Cracker
Multicultural Grants 27-02-2007
Multicultural Grants 28-06-07
New Court Rules 01-03-2007
New Rape Laws 25-10-07
Paedophile Restraining In Force
Paedophile Register 18-10-07
Real Estate Reform Leg - 29-03-07
Reoffender Laws - 20-02-07
Tackling Local Crime and Community Safety- 20-11-07
Victim Impact Statements- 23-10-07
Water Restrictions - Elderly-08-01-2007
Wheel Clamps1-8-02-2007


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