No. 5

 

                     VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

                            OF THE

 

                       HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

 

                                                                                                                        

 

 

                                                                              TUESDAY 18 AUGUST 1992

 

 

 1             Meeting of House

                The House met pursuant to adjournment.  The Speaker (Hon. N.T. Peterson) took the

                    Chair and read prayers.

 

 2             Death of Hon. R.A. Geddes

                The Deputy Premier (Hon. D.J. Hopgood), by leave, without notice, moved - That this

                    House expresses its regret at the recent death of Hon. R.A. Geddes, former Member of the Legislative Council and places on record its appreciation of his meritorious service.

                And being supported by Hon. D.C. Brown, the Minister of Transport (Hon. F.T. Blevins), Hon. D.C. Wotton and the Speaker:

                Motion carried in silence, Members rising in their places.

 

 3             Suspension and resumption of sitting

                At 2.12 p.m. the sitting of the House was suspended.

                At 2.22 p.m. the Speaker resumed the Chair.

 

 4             Petitions Nos 20 to 23

                The Clerk announced that the following Members had lodged Petitions for presentation:

 

                20      The Deputy Premier, from 25 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House                                 urge the Government to provide adequate services to the intellectually disabled.

 

                21      Hon. B.C. Eastick, from 211 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House

                    urge the Government not to amalgamate the Gawler Campus of the Light TAFE College with the Elizabeth College.

 

                22      Mr Matthew, from 179 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge

                    the     Government to maintain educational standards at Mawson High School.

 

                23      Mr Matthew, from 119 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge

                    the     Government not to introduce gaming machines into hotels and clubs in South

                    Australia.

 

 5             Speaker's Statement - State Bank files

                The Speaker made the following statement:

                "Members will probably have seen newspaper reports suggesting that files on Members of

                    Parliament have been kept by the State Bank.  I was sufficiently concerned to discuss the matter with the President of the Legislative Council.

 

 

 

                Jointly we wrote to the Ombudsman in the following terms -

                `Dear Mr Biganovsky

                As Speaker and President we are both concerned with the report in the Advertiser of 14

                    August 1992 dealing with State Bank secret dossiers.

                Our main concern would be that apart from the files containing facts, newspaper cuttings

                    etc., it would appear that an opinion has been formed in these files giving profiles of Members of Parliament as to their perceived threat to the State Bank and its policies.

                We are most concerned that with files of such a nature being kept by the State Bank,

                    Members of Parliament could be subjected to undue influence by the people whom they are dealing with in the Bank on behalf of their constituents, and the opinions formed in these files could influence the outcome of enquiries on behalf of their constituents.  We would draw your attention to clause 15 (3) of the Ombudsman Act which enables Members of Parliament to act on behalf of Members of the public.

                We therefore request that you carry out a full investigation to see if these files exist and

                    whether profiles other than those required for normal banking practice are contained therein and should such files exist, who has access to them?

                We would ask you to treat this as a matter of extreme urgency in view of the sensitive

                    nature of the matter under investigation.'

 

                To date I have not received a report from the Ombudsman, but it will be tabled when it is                    forwarded to me."

 

 6             Papers

                The following Papers were laid on the Table:

 

                By the Minister of Health (Hon. D.J. Hopgood) -

                    Drugs Act 1908 - Regulations - Advisory Committee Fees.

 

                By the Minister for Environment and Planning (Hon. S.M. Lenehan) -

                    Planning Act 1982 - Crown Development Report - Land Division, Eden Hills.

                    Marine Environment Protection Act 1990 - Regulations - Commencement and Fees.

               

                By the Minister of Labour (Hon. R.J. Gregory) -

                    Promotion and Grievance Appeals Tribunal - Report, 1991-92.

                    Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal - Report, 1991-92.

 

                By the Minister of Marine (Hon. R.J. Gregory) -

                    Harbors Act 1936 - Regulations - Waiver of Fees.

 

  7            Questions

                Questions without notice were asked.

 

  8            Grievance debate

                The Speaker proposed - That the House note grievances.

                Debate ensued.

                Question put and passed.

 

  9            Limitation of debate

                The Deputy Premier moved - That the time allotted for completion of the:

                    Address in Reply;

                    Supply Bill (No. 2);

                    Racing (Dividend Adjustment) Amendment Bill;  and the

                    Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Bill,

                be until 6.00 p.m. on Thursday next.

 

 

 

 10          Address in Reply

                Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the question - That the Address be                        adopted.

                Debate resumed.

                Question put and passed.

 

 11          Ombudsman's Report

                The Speaker laid on the Table a Report from the Ombudsman relating to State Bank

                    files.

 

 12          Supply Bill (No.2)

                Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the question - That the Supply Bill

                    (No.2) be now read a second time.

                Debate resumed.

 

 13          Extension of time for adjournment

                The Minister of Emergency Services (Hon. J.H.C. Klunder) moved - That the time for

                    moving the adjournment of the House be extended beyond 10.00 p.m.

                Question put and passed.

 

 14          Supply Bill (No.2)

                Debate (interrupted by the foregoing motion) resumed.

                Ordered, on motion of Mr Oswald, that the debate be adjourned until tomorrow.

 

 15          Adjournment

                House adjourned at 10.54 p.m. until tomorrow at 2.00 p.m.

 

                                                                                                                        

 

 

                                                                MOTION OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

For Thursday 27 August 1992

                Notice of Motion: Other Business -

 

Hon. T.H. Hemmings to move - That this House, while recognising the important role Select

                Committees have had and will continue to have in investigating matters of relevance to the House, is of the view that the recently established Standing Committees provide a unique opportunity for investigations to be undertaken on an ongoing basis without unnecessarily placing strains on Members' time and staff and other resources; and that a Message be sent to the Legislative Council transmitting this Resolution and requesting its concurrence thereto.

                                                                                                                         

 

                Present during the day - All the Members except Hon.J.C. Bannon.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                N.T. Peterson

                                                                                                                                                                                SPEAKER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

G.D. Mitchell

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY