No 18

 

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

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WEDNESDAY 29 MARCH 2000

 

 

1       Meeting of House

The House met pursuant to adjournment.  The Speaker (Hon J K G Oswald) took the Chair and read prayers.

 

2       Petitions Nos 34 to 39

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

 

34     The Minister for Government Enterprises (Hon M H Armitage), from 165 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge the Government to uphold its undertaking to offer all shacks in Coffin Bay freehold status.

 

35     The Minister for Education and Children’s Services (Hon M R Buckby), from 327 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge the Government to review traffic control measures on Main North Road at Evanston Park.

 

36     Mr Hill, from 69 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge the Government to install a school crossing on Aldinga Beach Road opposite the Southern Vales Christian School.

 

37   Ms Key, from 202 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House support the abolition of battery hen farming.

 

38   Ms Penfold, from 25 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House amend the Draft Management Plans for the Southern Eyre Peninsula National Parks to take account of their heritage value, the continued existence of the Coffin Bay ponies and recreational amenity.

 

39   Hon R B Such, from 149 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House lower the age at which a person is treated as an adult in criminal courts to 17 years.

 

3       Speaker's Statement - Security

The Speaker made the following statement:

 

I would like to make a statement about yesterday’s disgraceful incident in which a member of the public forced his way onto the floor of the Chamber jeopardising the security of Members.

Firstly let me say that I thank those media outlets who cooperated with my request that it not be publicised and indicate that I deplore the sensationalism with which a number of media outlets chose to report the incident, risking the encouragement of a “copy cat” repeat performance.

The actions of the media in their reporting of the incident are all the more galling since a check of the computer security records show that the intruder entered through the security door in question immediately behind a member of the media, who had used his electronic key pass to enter the corridor adjacent to the Chamber.  In other words a member of the media opened the door which resulted in the breach of our security by the intruder.  Clearly every person who works in this building has a responsibility to ensure that their pass is not used to aid and abet any unauthorised entry.

Much has been said about our electronic security system failing.  Let me assure Members that this is not the case.  When the offender entered Centre Hall he was put through the metal scanner which worked perfectly and actually detected his metal buttons – but nothing else.  He was then cleared to proceed to the Public Gallery on the first floor.  It would have been impossible for him to have been carrying a gun or knife which was raised as a possibility in the media.

I can also report that this morning I met formally with the police to ascertain if they had any advice on how we could further improve our security system for the protection of Members.

We also discussed how the police best thought that they should deal with the offender.  This matter is far from closed and is being actively pursued by them.

I have also had a preliminary discussion with the Government on a budgeting consideration that would further tighten security for Members around the Chamber which I will reveal privately to Members, however, if the media, our own staff and our elected Members themselves don’t play their role in policing their own use of their internal security electronic passes, then all the money in the World spent on security guards and electronic devices will not prevent a repeat of yesterday’s incident.

Every authorised person moving around this building has a role to play in how they use their key passes as part of our overall security.

 

4       Environment Resources and Development Committee – Report – Tuna Feedlots at Louth Bay

Mr Venning brought up the Thirty-Eighth Report of the Committee on Tuna Feedlots at Louth Bay.

Report received.

Ordered to be published (Paper No 206).

 

5       Legislative Review Committee – Report – Twelfth Report

Mr Condous brought up the Twelfth Report of the Committee.

Report received.

 

6       Questions

Questions without notice were asked.

 

7       Grievance debate

         The Speaker proposed - That the House note grievances.

         Debate ensued.

         Question put and passed.

 

8       Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation – Second Report – Motion to note

The Minister for Government Enterprises, pursuant to notice, moved – That the secod Report of the Parliamentary Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Committee on Impacts of Past and Present Coal Mining Operations on the Health of Workers and Residents of Leigh Creek and Environs be noted.

Debate ensued.

Ordered, on motion of Hon GM Gunn, that the debate be adjourned until Wednesday 5 April.


9       Public Works Committee – Report – Finders Medical Centre Critical Care Medicine Unit Redevelopment – Motion to note

Mr Lewis, pursuant to notice, moved – That the One Hundred and Ninth Report of the Committee on the Finders Medical Centre Critical Care Medicine Unit Redevelopment be noted.

Debate ensued.

Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be adjourned until Wednesday 5 April.

 

10      Public Works Committee – Report – South Coast Water Supply Augmentation Program – Stage One – Motion to note

Mr Lewis, pursuant to notice, moved – That the One Hundred and Tenth Report of the Committee on the South Coast Water Supply Augmentation Program – Stage One be noted.

Ordered, on motion of Mrs Thompson, that the debate be adjourned until Wednesday 5 April.

 

11      Public Works Committee – Report – Netley Police Complex – Motion to note

Mr Lewis, pursuant to notice, proceeding to move – That the One Hundred and Eleventh Report of the Committee on the Netley Police Complex be noted.

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The time for the consideration of Committee Reports having expired, the motion was adjourned (Mr Lewis, by leave) and made an Order of the Day for Wednesday 5 April.

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12      Speaker's Statement – Bills – Electronic Format

The Deputy Speaker made the following statement on behalf of the Speaker:

 

Before calling on Notices of Motion, I want to inform Members that I have approved a change in the format of Bills to assist in the move to electronic format.

There has been no change to the substance of the text, but a new cover sheet has been added and the Summary of Provisions moved to the second page.

One change that has not yet been effected is a common numbering system between the Houses and Parliamentary Counsel. That change will be essential when Bills are on line on the Internet and my officers are continuing to work on that issue.

 

13      Child Protection (Mandatory Reporting and Reciprocal Arrangements) Amendment Bill

The Minister for Human Services (Hon D C Brown), pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Children’s Protection Act 1993.

Question put and passed.

 

         Bill presented and read a first time.

         The Minister moved - That this Bill be now read a second time.

         Ordered, on motion of Ms Hurley, that the debate be adjourned until tomorrow.

 

14      Tobacco Products Regulation (Evidence of Age) Amendment Bill

The Minister for Human Services, pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997.

Question put and passed.

 

         Bill presented and read a first time.

         The Minister moved - That this Bill be now read a second time.

         Ordered, on motion of Ms Hurley, that the debate be adjourned until tomorrow.

 


15      Health Professionals (Special Events Exemption) Bill

The Minister for Government Enterprises, pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to to allow health professionals to provide health care services in the State in connection with special events without becoming registered under State law; and for other purposes.

Question put and passed.

 

         Bill presented and read a first time.

         The Minister moved - That this Bill be now read a second time.

         Ordered, on motion of Ms Hurley, that the debate be adjourned until tomorrow.

 

16      South Australian Health Commission (Administrative Arrangements) Amendment Bill

The Minister for Human Services, pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the South Australian Health Commission Act 1976 and to make related amendments to the Ambulance Services Act 1992, the Blood Contaminants Act 1985, the Children’s Services Act 1985, the Controlled Substances Act 1984, the Cremation Act 1891, the Drugs Act 1908, the Food Act 1985, the Guardianship and Administration Act 1993, the Housing Improvement Act 1940, the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science Act 1982, the Medical Practitioners Act 1983, the Mental Health Act 1993, the Public Environmental Health Act 1987, the Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982, the Reproductive Technology Act 1988, the Sexual Reassignment Act 1988, the Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992, the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 and the Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1983.

Question put and passed.

 

         Bill presented and read a first time.

         The Minister moved - That this Bill be now read a second time.

         Ordered, on motion of Ms Hurley, that the debate be adjourned until tomorrow.

 

17      National Tax Reform (State Provisions) Bill

The Minister for Education and Children’s Services (Hon M R Buckby), pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to ratify and give effect to the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Reform of Commonwealth-State Financial Relations; to amend the Financial Institutions Duty Act 1983, the Pay-roll Tax Act 1971 and the Stamp Duties Act 1934; and for other purposes.

Question put and passed.

 

         Bill presented and read a first time.

         The Minister moved - That this Bill be now read a second time.

         Ordered, on motion of Ms Hurley, that the debate be adjourned until tomorrow.

 

18      First Home Owner Grant Bill

The Minister for Education and Children’s Services , pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to encourage and assist home ownership, and to offset the effect of the GST on the acquisition of a first home, by establishing a scheme for the payment of grants to first home owners.

Question put and passed.

 

         Bill presented and read a first time.

         The Minister moved - That this Bill be now read a second time.

         Ordered, on motion of Ms Hurley, that the debate be adjourned until tomorrow.

 


19      Message from the Legislative Council

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

 

         Transplantation and Anatomy (Consent to Blood Donation) Amendment Bill                                                  Message No 31

MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, titled an Act to amend the Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1983, without any amendment.

         Legislative Council, 28 March 2000                                             J C Irwin, PRESIDENT

 

20      Petroleum Bill

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the question - That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

         Question put and passed.

 

         Bill read a second time.

 

In Committee

                                                Clauses Nos 1 to 3 agreed to.

                                                Clause No 4 amended and agreed to.

                                                Clauses Nos 5 to 21 agreed to.

                                                Clause No 22 read.

 

         To report progress and seek leave to sit again.

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         The House having resumed:

Hon D C Wotton 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 tomorrow.

 

21      Messages from the Legislative Council

         The following Messages from the Legislative Council were received and read:

 

         Prices (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill                                     Message No 32

MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has passed the bill transmitted herewith, titled an Act to amend the Prices Act 1948, to which it desires the concurrence of the House of Assembly.

         Legislative Council, 29 March 2000                                             J C Irwin, PRESIDENT

 

         Bill read a first time.

 

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

 

         Wrongs (Damage by Aircraft) Amendment Bill                           Message No 33

MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has passed the bill transmitted herewith, titled an Act to amend the Wrongs Act 1936, to which it desires the concurrence of the House of Assembly.

         Legislative Council, 29 March 2000                                             J C Irwin, PRESIDENT

 

         Bill read a first time.

 

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

 

22      Adjournment

         House adjourned at 6.00 pm until tomorrow at 10.30 am.

 

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MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

 

         For Thursday 30 March 2000

 

Notices of Motion: Government Business –

 

The Minister for Government Enterprises to move – That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to provide for the management of public plantation forests; to establish the South Australian Forestry Corporation; to amend the Forestry Act 1950 and the Local Government (Forestry Reserves) Act 1944; and for other purposes.

 

The Minister for Government Enterprises to move – That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to encourage commercial investment in forest property; to amend the Real Property Act 1886; and for other purposes.

 

Notice of Motion: Private Members Bills/ Committees/ Regulations –

 

Mr Hill to move – That the Regulations under the Native Vegetation Act 1991 relating to exemptions, made on 16 December and laid on the Table of this House on 28 March, be disallowed.

 

Notice of Motion: Other Motions –

 

Mr Williams to move – That this House congratulates all Emergency Services and other organisations from throughout the South East for securing and organising Rescue 2000; the National Road Accident Rescue Championships, to be held in Mount Gambier from Friday 5 May until Sunday 7 May 2000.

 

         For Tuesday 4 April 2000

 

Notice of Motion: Government Business –

 

The Minister for Water Resources to move – That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Water Resources Act 1997.

 

         For Wednesday 5 April 2000

 

Notice of Motion: Standing Committee Reports –

 

Mr Venning to move – That the Thirty Eighth Report of the Environment, Resources and Development Committee on Tuna Feedlots at Louth Bay be noted.

 

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         Present during the day - All Members except Mr De Laine and Hon R G Kerin.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                            J K G Oswald

                                                                                                            SPEAKER

 

G D Mitchell

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY