No. 8

 

                     VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

                            OF THE

 

                       HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

 

                                                       

 

 

                           WEDNESDAY 18 AUGUST 1993

 

 

 1    Meeting of House

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

 

 2    Legislative Review Committee - Report

      Mr McKee brought up the Fourth Report, 1993 of the Legislative Review Committee.

      Report received.

 

 3    Suspension of Standing Orders

      Hon. D.C. Brown, without notice, moved - That Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable him to move a motion without notice, forthwith.

      Question put and passed, without a negative voice, there being present an absolute majority of the whole number of Members of the House.

 

      Limitation of debate

      The Deputy Premier (Hon. F.T. Blevins) moved - That the time allotted for the debate be until     4.00 p.m.

      Question put and passed.

 

      Federal Budget - Motion re

      Hon. D.C. Brown then moved - That this House deplores the decisions in last night's Budget which break the Federal Government's election promises that there would be no increases in tax, no new taxes, no increases in the tax burden and two rounds of income tax cuts; and in particular:

        (a) opposes the savage increases of up to 10c a litre in petrol taxes imposed by the Federal Budget because they will unfairly discriminate against lower income earners, the unemployed and regional and rural communities;

        (b) opposes the immediate 55% increase in the rate of the wine sales tax because it will unfairly discriminate against one of South Australia's most successful industries and jeopardise jobs, livelihoods and investment, particularly in the wine and grapegrowing regions of South Australia; and

        (c) calls on the Premier to communicate this motion and the outrage of South Australians that their State has been discriminated against in the Federal Budget, forthwith to the Prime Minister and the Federal Treasurer.

      Debate ensued.

      The Premier (Hon. L.M.F. Arnold) moved to leave out all words after the word "House" and up to and including the words "South Australia" and to insert in lieu thereof:

 

 

 

        "(a)  opposes both the Federal Government's Budget decision to increase petrol tax by up to 10 cents a litre within two years, which will impact heavily on business and residents of outer-metropolitan and regional areas, and the significant increase in the Wholesale Sales Tax on wine from 20% to 31% which will impact heavily on the domestic wine market;

         (b)  notes with approval the success of the Premier's representations to the Commonwealth to keep sales tax on non-luxury cars below the standard Wholesale Sales Tax of 20% and in maintaining the excise free status of wine;

         (c)  notes the tax cuts for low medium income earners and a range of socially responsible measures to help families, the aged and unemployed;

         (d)  further recognises that while these positive measures are partially offset by increases in indirect taxes this change in the tax mix is minor compared to the hugely regressive tax policies of the Liberal Party, which include a GST, lower personal tax rates for high income earners, no capital gains tax, and the reinstatement of tax free executive perks;".

      Debate continued.

 

      Amendment to amendment

      Mr Olsen moved to amend the amendment by leaving out subparagraphs (b) and (d).

      Debate continued.

      Question - That the amendment to the amendment be agreed to - put.

      House divided (No. 1):

           Ayes, 22.                                          Noes, 22.

         Hon. H. Allison

         Dr Armitage

         Hon. P.B. Arnold

         Mr D.S. Baker

         Mr S.J. Baker

         Mr Becker

         Mr Blacker

         Mr Brindal

         Hon. D.C. Brown

         Hon. J.L. Cashmore

         Hon. B.C. Eastick

         Mr Gunn

         Mr Ingerson

         Mrs Kotz

         Mr Lewis

         Mr Matthew

         Mr Meier

         Mr Oswald

         Mr Such

         Mr Venning

         Hon. D.C. Wotton

         Mr Olsen (Teller)

 

Mr Atkinson

Hon. J.C. Bannon

Hon. F.T. Blevins

Hon. G.J. Crafter

Mr De Laine

Hon. M.J. Evans

Hon. R.J. Gregory

Hon. T.R. Groom

Mr Hamilton

Hon. T.H. Hemmings

Mr Heron

Mr Holloway

Hon. D.J. Hopgood

Mrs Hutchison

Hon. J.H.C. Klunder

Hon. S.M. Lenehan

Mr McKee

Hon. M.K. Mayes

Mr Quirke

Hon. M.D. Rann

Hon. J.P. Trainer

Hon. L.M.F. Arnold (Teller)

      Casting Vote

      The number of Ayes and Noes being equal, the Speaker gave his casting vote for the Noes.

      So it passed in the negative.

      Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 


 

      House divided (No. 2):

           Ayes, 22.                                          Noes, 22.

         Mr Atkinson

         Hon. J.C. Bannon

         Hon. F.T. Blevins

         Hon. G.J. Crafter

         Mr De Laine

         Hon. M.J. Evans

         Hon. R.J. Gregory

         Hon. T.R. Groom

         Mr Hamilton

         Hon. T.H. Hemmings

         Mr Heron

         Mr Holloway

         Hon. D.J. Hopgood

         Mrs Hutchison

         Hon. J.H.C. Klunder

         Hon. S.M. Lenehan

         Mr McKee

         Hon. M.K. Mayes

         Mr Quirke

         Hon. M.D. Rann

         Hon. J.P. Trainer

         Hon. L.M.F. Arnold (Teller)

Hon. H. Allison

Dr Armitage

Hon. P.B. Arnold

Mr D.S. Baker

Mr S.J. Baker

Mr Becker

Mr Blacker

Mr Brindal

Hon. J.L. Cashmore

Hon. B.C. Eastick

Mr Gunn

Mr Ingerson

Mrs Kotz

Mr Lewis

Mr Matthew

Mr Meier

Mr Olsen

Mr Oswald

Mr Such

Mr Venning

Hon. D.C. Wotton

Hon. D.C. Brown (Teller)

 

      Casting Vote

      The number of Ayes and Noes being equal, the Speaker gave his casting vote for the Ayes.

      So it was resolved in the affirmative.

      Question - That the motion, as amended, be agreed to - put.

      House divided (No. 3):

           Ayes, 22.                                          Noes, 22.

         Mr Atkinson

         Hon. J.C. Bannon

         Hon. F.T. Blevins

         Hon. G.J. Crafter

         Mr De Laine

         Hon. M.J. Evans

         Hon. R.J. Gregory

         Hon. T.R. Groom

         Mr Hamilton

         Hon. T.H. Hemmings

         Mr Heron

         Mr Holloway

         Hon. D.J. Hopgood

         Mrs Hutchison

         Hon. J.H.C. Klunder

         Hon. S.M. Lenehan

         Mr McKee

         Hon. M.K. Mayes

         Mr Quirke

         Hon. M.D. Rann

         Hon. J.P. Trainer

         Hon. L.M.F. Arnold (Teller)

Hon. H. Allison

Dr Armitage

Hon. P.B. Arnold

Mr D.S. Baker

Mr S.J. Baker

Mr Becker

Mr Blacker

Mr Brindal

Hon. J.L. Cashmore

Hon. B.C. Eastick

Mr Gunn

Mr Ingerson

Mrs Kotz

Mr Lewis

Mr Matthew

Mr Meier

Mr Olsen

Mr Oswald

Mr Such

Mr Venning

Hon. D.C. Wotton

Hon. D.C. Brown (Teller)

 

      Casting Vote

      The number of Ayes and Noes being equal, the Speaker gave his casting vote for the Ayes.

      So it was resolved in the affirmative.

 


 4    Paper

      The following Paper was laid on the Table:

 

      By the Minister of Recreation and Sport (Hon. G.J. Crafter) -

      Department of Recreation and Sport - Report, 1991-92.

 

 5    Postponement of business

      Ordered - separately - That Notices of Motion (Private Members Bills) Nos 1 and 2 be Notices of Motion for Wednesday next.

 

 6    Government Management and Employment Act - Various Regulations - Motion for disallowance

      Mr Ingerson, pursuant to notice, moved - That the Various Regulations under the Government Management and Employment Act 1985 made on 24 June and laid on the Table of this House on 3 August 1993, be disallowed.

      Ordered, on motion of Mr McKee, that the debate be adjourned until Wednesday next.

 

 7    Environment, Resources and Development Committee - Fifth Report - Motion to note

      Hon. T.H. Hemmings, pursuant to notice, moved - That the Fifth Report of the Environment, Resources and Development Committee being the Annual Report of the Committee, be noted.

      Debate ensued.

      Question put and passed.

 

 8    Postponement of business

      Ordered - That Notice of Motion (Other Motion) No. 1 be a Notice of Motion for Wednesday 8 September.

 

 9    Recycling Programs - Motion re

      Hon. D.C. Wotton, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House condemns the Minister of Environment and Land Management on his failure to provide a coordinating role for recycling programs and give sufficient attention to the urgent need to obtain markets for recycled goods and further condemns the Minister for attacking local government regarding its role in creating recycling programs and threatening heavy handed legislation while refusing to take a more responsible role in this important matter.

      Debate ensued.

      Ordered, on motion of Mr S.G. Evans, that the debate be adjourned until Wednesday next.

 

10    Rural Sector Restoration - Motion re

      Mr Meier, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House recognises the extent of the rural recession and the importance of rural South Australia to our economy and social structure and urges the Government to implement both short and long term policies which will ensure the rural sector is once again restored to a place of importance.

      Debate ensued.

      Ordered, on motion of Mrs Hutchison, that the debate be adjourned until Wednesday 8         September.

 

11    Government Management Board Report on SAFA - Motion re

      Mr S.J. Baker, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House views with concern the lack of response by the Government to the issues raised by the Government Management Board in its report on SAFA and demands that immediate action be taken to rectify areas of deficiencies and malpractice identified in the report.

      Debate ensued.

      Ordered, on motion of Mr S.J. Baker, by leave, that the debate be adjourned until Wednesday     next.

 


12    Leader of the Opposition's Statement - Motion re

      Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Mr Meier - That this House congratulates Liberal Leader Hon. D.C. Brown on his recently released statement `Make a Change for the Better' and acknowledges the vision and positive benefits for South Australia's future contained within the `Freedom to Grow' Liberal Vision Statement.

      Debate resumed.

      Ordered, on motion of Hon. H. Allison, that the debate be further adjourned until Wednesday 8 September.

 

13    Message from the Legislative Council

      The following Message from the Legislative Council was received and read:

 

      Motor Vehicles (Driving Whilst Disqualified - Penalties)

        Amendment Bill                                            Message No. 5

      MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has passed the Bill transmitted herewith, titled an Act to amend the Motor Vehicles Act 1959, to which it desires the concurrence of the House of Assembly.

      Legislative Council, 17 August 1993             G.L. Bruce, PRESIDENT

 

      Bill read a first time.

 

      The Minister of Business and Regional Development (Hon. M.D. Rann) moved - That this Bill be now read a second time.

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

 

14    Environment Protection Bill

      Order of the Day read for the further consideration in Committee of the Bill.

 

                                 In Committee

                     Clause No. 12 further considered.

      Hon. D.C. Wotton moved on page 13, lines 10 and 11, to leave out all words in these lines and insert in lieu thereof the words "nominated by the Minister after consultation with the Local Government Association of South Australia".

      Question put and negatived.

                       Clause otherwise amended and agreed to.

                       Clause No. 13 read.

      Hon. D.C. Wotton moved on page 13, line 26, to insert before the word "implement" the words ", where appropriate".

      Question put and negatived.

                       Clause agreed to.

                       Clauses Nos 14 to 19 agreed to.

                       Clause No. 20 read.

      Hon. D.C. Wotton moved on page 17, line 22, after the word "conservation" to insert the words "of whom one must be a person nominated by the Conservation Council of South Australia Incorporated and".

      Question put and negatived.

                       Clause otherwise amended and agreed to.

                       Clauses Nos 21 to 25 agreed to.

                       Clause No. 26 read.

 

      To report progress and ask leave to sit again.

 

 

                                                        

 


      The House having resumed:

      Hon. D.J. Hopgood reported that the Committee had considered the Bill referred to it, had made progress therein and asked leave to sit again.

      Ordered - That the Committee have leave to sit again on motion.

 

15    Extension of time for adjournment

      The Minister of Environment and Land Management (Hon. M.K. Mayes) moved - That the time for moving the adjournment of the House be extended beyond 10.00 p.m.

      Question put and passed.

 

16    Environment Protection Bill

      Ordered - That the further consideration in Committee of the Bill be now resumed.

 

                                 In Committee

                       Clause No. 26 further considered and agreed to.

                       Clauses Nos 27 to 30 agreed to.

                       Clause  No. 31 read.

      Hon. D.C. Wotton moved on page 28, line 4, to leave out the words ", within 28 days," and all words in line 5 and insert in lieu thereof new paragraphs as follow:

      (a) within 14 days, refer the policy to the Environment, Resources and Development Committee of the Parliament; and

       (b)  within 14 sitting days, cause the policy to be laid before both Houses of Parliament.

      Question put and negatived.

                       Clause agreed to.

                       Clauses Nos 32 to 76 agreed to.

                       Clause No. 77 amended and agreed to.

                       Clauses Nos 78 to 104 agreed to.

                       Clause No. 105 read.

      Hon. D.C. Wotton moved on page 81, line 24, after the word "Court" to insert the words "in respect of an application made under subsection (7) (a) or (b)"; and in lines 30 to 32, to leave out paragraph (b) and insert in lieu thereof new paragraphs as follow:

      (b) by any person whose interests are affected by the subject matter of the application; or

      (c) by any other person who has, in the opinion of the Court, a proper interest in the subject matter of the application.

      Question put and negatived.

                       Clause otherwise amended and agreed to.

                       Clause No. 106 amended and agreed to.

                       Clause No. 107 amended and agreed to.

                       Clause Nos 108 to 133 agreed to.

                       Clause No. 134 amended and agreed to.

                       Clauses Nos 135 to 141 agreed to.

                       Schedules 1 and 2 agreed to.

                       Title agreed to.

 

                                                      

 

      The House having resumed:

      Hon. T.H. Hemmings reported that the Committee had considered the Bill referred to it and had agreed to the same with amendments.

      The Minister of Environment and Land Management moved - That this Bill be now read a third time.

      Debate ensued.

      Question put and passed.

 

      Bill read a third time and passed.


17    Message from the Legislative Council

      The following Message from the Legislative Council was received and read:

 

      Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) (Consistency with Commonwealth Act)

        Amendment Bill                                            Message No. 6

      MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has passed the Bill transmitted herewith, titled an Act to amend the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1984, to which it desires the concurrence of the House of Assembly.

      Legislative Council, 18 August 1993             G.L. Bruce, PRESIDENT

 

      Bill read a first time.

      Ordered - That the second reading be an Order of the Day for tomorrow.

 

18    Adjournment

      House adjourned at 11.53 p.m. until tomorrow at 10.30 a.m.

                                                       

 

                       MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

For Wednesday 25 August 1993

      Notices of Motion: Other Motions-

 

Dr Armitage to move - That this House -

      (a) notes with pleasure the decision of the National Meals on Wheels Association Incorporated to hold a National Meals on Wheels Day on 1 September 1993;

      (b) acknowledges the purpose of such a day is to bring to the attention of the general public the importance of the Meals on Wheels Service to the aged, infirm and disabled;

      (c) encourages volunteers to contact their local Meals on Wheels Branch, or the Central Office, to offer their services; and

      (d) congratulates all involved with Meals on Wheels in its nearly 40 years of service to South Australians.

 

Mr Becker to move - That this House calls on the Premier to apologise to the Member for Hanson for refusing to answer his verbal question on Wednesday 4 August 1993 by claiming to answer the question would contravene Standing Orders 395 and 320 and implying the information which the question was based on was taken from a confidential schedule provided to the Economic and Finance Committee and for questioning the Member for Hanson's integrity by such false allegations.

 

Mr Becker to move - That this House calls on the Government to release all answers prepared by State Bank officers in answer to Questions on Notice Nos 64 to 66, 71, 73 to 75, 82 and 85 from the previous Session and condemns the Government for not practising open government by promptly providing answers to Questions on Notice.

 

Mr Becker to move - That this House congratulates the Thebarton Women's Service Association on 72 years of outstanding community service.

                                                        

 

      Present during the day - All the Members except Mr Ferguson.

 

 

                                                                  N.T. Peterson

                                                                  SPEAKER

 

G.D. Mitchell

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY