No 23

 

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

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WEDNESDAY 5 FEBRUARY 1997

 

 

1†††††† Meeting of House

†††††††† The House met pursuant to adjournment.† The Speaker (Hon G M Gunn) took the Chair and read †††††††††††††††††† prayers.

 

2†††††† Petitions Nos 33 to 35

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

 

33†† Mr Becker from 97 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge the Government to relocate the Collex waste treatment plant at Kilburn to a non-residential site.

 

34†† Mr Venning from 74 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge the Government to incorporate the teaching of music into the senior curriculum at Port Augusta Secondary School.

 

35†† Mr Venning from 8 248 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge the Government to support the development of a Teletrack operation at Port Augusta.

 

3†††††† Papers

†††††††† The following Papers were tabled:

 

By the Premier (Hon J W Olsen) -

Statutory Declaration - Public Opinion Strategies re South Australian Water Corporation by Messrs Bell, Straus and Ulm

 

†††††††† By the Treasurer (Hon S J Baker) -

†††††††††††††† Corporate Affairs Commission - Report, 1995-96.

 

†††††††† By the Minister for Health (Hon M H Armitage) -

Report of a Consultation Regarding Re-Analysis of the Metwurst Associated Outbreak of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome in South Australia, 1994-95

 

By the Minister for Infrastructure (Hon D C Brown) -

Ministerial Statement - Trucking Industry Safety

 


4†††††† Speaker's Statement - Matter of privilege

The Speaker made a statement as follows:

 

Yesterday the Leader of the Opposition raised as a matter of privilege an allegation that the Premier and the Minister for Industrial Affairs had misled the House.

The Leader provided me with copies of the documents and Hansard transcripts which he said supports these allegations.

Having now viewed those documents and the Ministerial Statement made by the Premier yesterday I am of the view that no deliberate attempt to mislead the House was made be either Minister and I do not accept that a prima facie case of a breach of privilege has been made.

This does not prevent the Leader from giving notice of a substantive motion in the normal manner to allow the House, ultimately, to determine the matter.

 

5†††††† Questions

Questions without notice were asked.

 

6†††††† Member named

The Speaker named Mr Brokenshire for wilfully obstructing the business of the House.

The Member made an apology which was accepted by the Chair.

 

7†††††† Questions

Questions without notice (interrupted by the foregoing naming) resumed.

 

8†††††† No Confidence Motion in Speaker

 

Mr Atkinson moved - That this House has no confidence in the Speaker:

(a)† owing to his ceding our privileges to the Executive Government, namely, our privilege of requiring the Premier and Ministers to tell the truth to the House;

(b)† for partiality in his rulings not merely between Government and Opposition Members but between individual Members of the Government and Opposition;

(c)† for arbitrarily dropping Opposition Members from the Question List when the line of questioning embarrasses the Government;

(d)† for refusing to call a meeting of the Standing Orders Committee to review his use of his authority and his interpretation of Standing Orders;

(e)† for his complying with off-table prompts from the Deputy Premier and Premier;

(f)†† for enabling the Premierís office to inform journalists which Opposition Members may be warned on a sitting day and other rulings he might make;

(g)† for discussing his intentions in the Chair at meetings of the Parliamentary Liberal Party; and

(h)† for his ignorance of the rule of the law and his omission of a spirit of disinterestedness and tradition that should inform the Speakerís vocation.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

 


House divided (No 1):

 


†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ayes, 11.

 

Hon F T Blevins

Mr Clarke

Mr De Laine

Mr Foley

Mrs Geraghty

Ms Hurley

Mr Quirke

Hon M D Rann

Ms Stevens

Ms White

Mr Atkinson (Teller)


††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Noes, 35.

 

Hon H Allison

Mr Andrew

Hon M H Armitage

Hon E S Ashenden

Mr D S Baker

Hon S J Baker

Mr Bass

Mr Becker

Mr Brindal

Mr Brokenshire

Hon D C Brown

Mr Buckby

Mr Caudell

Mr Condous

Mr Cummins

Mr Evans

Mrs Greig

Mrs Hall

Hon R G Kerin

Mrs Kotz

Mr Leggett

Mr Lewis

Mr Matthew

Mr Meier

Hon J W Olsen

Mr Oswald

Mrs Penfold

Mrs Rosenberg

Mr Rossi

Mr Scalzi

Hon R B Such

Mr Venning

Mr Wade

Hon D C Wotton

Hon G A Ingerson (Teller)


 

†††††††† So it passed in the negative.

 

9†††††† Legislative Review Committee - Ninth Report

Mr Cummins brought up the Ninth Report of the Committee.

†††††††† Report received.

 

10††††† Grievance debate

†††††††† The Speaker proposed - That the House note grievances.

†††††††† Debate ensued.

†††††††† Question put and passed.

 

11††††† Tobacco Products Regulation Bill

The Treasurer, pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to regulate the sale, packing, importing, advertising and use of tobacco products;† to recover from consumers of tobacco products an appropriate contribution towards the Stateís revenues; to continue the South Australian Sports Promotion, Cultural and Health Advancement Trust and prescribe its functions and powers; to repeal the Tobacco Products Control Act 1986 and the Tobacco Products (Licensing) Act 1986; 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 Mr Quirke, that the debate be adjourned until tomorrow.

 


12††††† Gas Bill

The Minister for Energy (Hon S J Baker), pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to regulate the gas supply industry; to make provision for safety and technical standards for gas installations and gas appliances; to repeal the Gas Act 1988; to amend the Local Government 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 Mr Quirke, that the debate be adjourned until tomorrow.

 

13††††† Postponement of business

Ordered - That Order of the Day: Government Business No 1 be postponed and taken into consideration after Order of the Day: Government Business No 2.

 

14††††† Gas (Appliances) Amendment Bill

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

Debate ensued.

†††††††† Question put and passed.

 

†††††††† Bill read a second time.

†††††††† Proceeded, by leave, to the third reading.

 

†††††††† Bill read a third time and passed.

 

15††††† Development (Private Certification) Amendment Bill

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

Debate ensued.

†††††††† Question put and passed.

 

†††††††† Bill read a second time.

 

In Committee

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Clauses Nos 1 to 12 agreed to.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Title agreed to.

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†††††††† The House having resumed:

Hon H Allison reported that the Committee had considered the Bill referred to it and had agreed to the same without amendment.

 

Bill read a third time and passed.

 

16††††† Adjournment

†††††††† The Treasurer moved - That the House do now adjourn.

†††††††† Debate ensued.

†††††††† Question put and passed.

†††††††† House adjourned at 4.47 pm until tomorrow at 10.30 am.

 

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MOTION OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

 

†††††††††††††† For Thursday 6 February 1997

 

†††††††† Notice of Motion: Private Members Bills/ Committees/ Regulations-

 

Mr Atkinson to move - That a Committee of Privileges be established to investigate whether the Premier and the former Premier misled the House about their knowledge of taxpayer funded opinion polling on the water contract.

 

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†††††††† Present during the day - All Members.

 

 

 

 

 

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SPEAKER

 

G D Mitchell

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY