VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
WEDNESDAY 15 MAY 2002
1 Meeting of House
The House met pursuant to adjournment. The Speaker (Hon Peter Lewis) took the Chair and read prayers.
2 Visitors in the Gallery
The Speaker drew attention to the presence of officers of the National Assembly of Vietnam in the gallery and welcomed them on behalf of the House.
The following Papers were tabled:
By the Minister for Emergency Services (Hon P F Conlon) -
Emergency Services Administrative Unit Letter from Chief Executive Officer to Chief Executive, Department of Justice, dated 10 January 2001
By the Minister for Gambling (Hon J D Hill)
Independent Gambling Authority Inquiry Concerning Casino Codes of Practice Report.
By the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education (Hon J D Lomax-Smith)
Vocational Education, Employment and Training Board Report 2001.
4 Speaker's Statement Reflecting on Members
The Speaker made the following statement:
I regret the necessity for a further statement regarding my attempt to lift the standard of behaviour in debate in the House of Assembly. I have been alerted to the remarks of the Hon. Rob Lucas in another place yesterday. It is not my intention to compound the offence by debating the matters with members in the other place. I will reiterate the principle, which I am advocating in the Assembly, which is an attempt to prevent that and other offences from occurring. I have been a sinner myself in the past, but Standing Orders and practices state it is wrong. Public expectation is that it must stop.
It is very clear from Standing Orders, the practice of this House and applicable practices of the Commons, that reflections, professional or personal, on any member of either House by any other Member of either House should occur only in certain circumstances, that is, on substantive motion. It is quite wrong for anyone to suggest that upholding this principle can in any way be construed as preventing or stifling debate. We all as MPs have rights. As MPs we have privileges, but neither rights nor privilege unless we accept responsibilities. I intend to discuss thisindeed I already havewith Mr President, because it is my belief that what I am attempting to achieve in the Assembly can only be of benefit to the Parliament as a whole and will enhance its standing in the eyes of the public.
5 Legislative Review Committee - Reports One and Two
Mr Hanna brought up the First Report of the Legislative Review Committee.
Report received and read as follows:
The Regulations listed hereunder are at present being considered by the Legislative Review Committee. Evidence is being taken on these matters and it is necessary for Notices of Motion for Disallowance to be given in both Houses before the expiration of 14 sitting days to allow the Committee time to complete its deliberations.
Honourable Members are warned that after further consideration has been given to the Regulations, the Committee may decide to take no further action.
Regulations referred to:
Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 Rules Tribunal Rules 2001
Passenger Transport Act 1994 Regulations Taxi Fares
By-laws referred to:
Local Government Act 1999 City of Tea Tree Gully By-law No 2 Roads
Local Government Act 1999 City of Tea Tree Gully By-law No 3 Local Government Land.
Mr Hanna brought up the Second Report of the Committee.
Questions without notice were asked.
7 Grievance debate
The Speaker proposed - That the House note grievances.
Question put and passed.
8 Address in Reply
Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the question - That the Address be adopted.
Ordered, on motion of the Minister for Urban Development and Planning (Hon J W Weatherill), that the debate be further adjourned until tomorrow.
9 Message from the Legislative Council
The following Message from the Legislative Council was received and read:
East Timor Independence Message No 9
MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council informs the House of Assembly that it has passed the Resolution transmitted herewith, and desires the concurrence of the House of Assembly thereto.
Legislative Council, 15 May 2002 R R Roberts, PRESIDENT
Resolution referred to:
That this Council congratulates the people of East Timor on achieving full independence.
Ordered That consideration of the Message be an Order of the Day for tomorrow.
The Minister for Urban Development and Planning moved - That the House do now adjourn.
Question put and passed.
House adjourned at 9.10 pm until Thursday 16 May 2002 at 10.30 am.
MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN
For Thursday 16 May 2002
Notices of Motion: Private Members Bills/Committees/Regulations
Mr Hanna to move That the Rules under the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 relating to Tribunal Rules 2001 made on 17 October 2001 and laid on the table of this House on 13 November 2001, be disallowed.
Mr Hanna to move That the Regulations under the Passenger Transport Act 1994 relating to Taxi Fares made on 15 November 2001 and laid on the table of this House on 27 November 2001, be disallowed.
Mr Hanna to move That By-law No 2 of the City of Tea Tree Gully under the Local Government Act 1999 relating to Roads made on 11 December 2001 and laid on the table of this House on 5 March 2002, be disallowed.
Mr Hanna to move That By-law No 3 of the City of Tea Tree Gully under the Local Government Act 1999 relating to Local Government Land made on 11 December 2001 and laid on the table of this House on 5 March 2002, be disallowed.
Notices of Motion: Other Motions
Ms Thompson to move That this House condemns the Federal Government for ignoring the needs of government schools in Australia by failing to match the increases provided to the non-government school sector.
Ms Bedford to move That this House congratulates the people of East Timor on successfully achieving full independence after such a long struggle, commends them as they rebuild their Nation and looks forward to receiving the Ambassador from East Timor this year.
Mr Caica to move That this House condemns the Federal Government for discontinuing funding for the National Asian Languages and Studies in Australian Schools Program from the end of 2002.
Present during the day - All Members except Ms Maywald.
David A Bridges
ACTING CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY