No 33

 

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

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THURSDAY 23 JULY 1998

 

 

1       Meeting of House

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

 

2       Postponement of business

Ordered - That Notices of Motion: Private Members Bills/Committees/Regulations Nos 1 to 7 be Notices of Motion for Thursday 6 August.

 

3       Postponement of business

Ordered - That Orders of the Day: Private Members Bills/Committees/Regulations Nos 1 to 4 be Orders of the Day for Thursday 6 August.

 

4       Ombudsman (Private or Corporatised Community Service Providers) Amendment Bill

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

Debate resumed.

 

Reasoned amendment

Mr Meier, pursuant to contingent notice, moved – That all words of the question after the word “be” be left out and the words “withdrawn and referred to the Legislative Review Committee for its report and recommendation” be inserted in lieu thereof.

 

         Question – That the amendment be agreed to – put and passed.

         Question – That the motion as amended be agreed to – put and passed.

 

5       Postponement of business

Ordered - That Order of the Day: Private Members Bills/Committees/Regulations No 6 be an Order of the Day for Thursday 6 August.

 

6       Select Committee on Certain Matters relating to Primary and Secondary Education –

         Motion re

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Ms White - That a Select Committee be established to consider and report on the following matters of importance to primary and secondary education in South Australia:

(a)   the financial and operational impacts on school and learning of the introduction of information technology to South Australian Government schools including the EDSAS and DECStech 2000 Technology Programmes;

(b)   issues relating to the provision of education to country students and the disadvantages they face;

(c)   the effects of school closures on the provision of education to school communities;

(d)   the fall in retention rates to year 12 and the related issues of the recognition of vocational education within the South Australian Certificate of Education and the transition of students from school to employment; and

(e)   any other related matter; and

     that the Minutes of Proceedings and Evidence to the 1996 Legislative Council Select Committee on Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education in South Australia be requested for referral to the Committee.

         Debate resumed.

Ordered, on motion of Mr Wright, that the debate be further adjourned until Thursday 6 August.

 

7       Postponement of business

Ordered - That Orders of the Day: Private Members Bills/Committees/Regulations Nos 8 to 11 be Orders of the Day for Thursday 6 August.

 

8       Postponement of business

Ordered - That Order of the Day: Other Motions No 1 be an Order of the Day for Thursday 6 August.

 

9       Bank Closures in Country - Motion re

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Mr Venning - That this House condemns the major banks for the closure of many branches in country regions with no consideration for the impact on local communities.

         Debate resumed.

Mr Clarke moved to amend the motion by inserting after the words “country regions” the words “and the State and Federal Liberal Governments for their neglect of rural and regional areas of South Australia, in particular for their employment policies which have seen many public sector jobs both State and Federal lost to regional South Australia”.

Debate continued.

Ordered, on motion of Mr Scalzi, that the debate be further adjourned until Thursday 6 August.

 

10      Primary Production in Mount Lofty Catchment - Motion re

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Hon D C Wotton - That this House calls on the Government to give urgent consideration to the need for incentives to be provided which will encourage the retention of land for primary production in the Mt Lofty catchment recognising the importance and the fragility of the catchment in providing an essential source of water for Metropolitan Adelaide and in particular calls on the Government to introduce as policy the waiving of costs associated with the amalgamation of titles within the catchment as one such important incentive.

         Debate resumed.

Ordered, on motion of the Minister for Administrative Services (Hon W A Matthew), that the debate be further adjourned until Thursday 6 August.


11      ABC – Digital Transmission - Motion re

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Hon R B Such - That this House calls on the Federal Government to provide the necessary resources to enable the ABC to adequately prepare for and introduce digital transmission of services to both city and country areas.

         Debate resumed.

         Question put and passed.

 

12      Federal Child Care Budget Cuts - Motion re

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Ms White - That this House –

      (a)  condemns the Federal Government for cutting $1 billion from child care after three budgets;

      (b)  notes that this has forced an increase in fees for child care, closure of fourteen South Australian child care centres, the loss of an estimated 200 child care workers and has threatened the viability of many other child care services;

      (c)  expresses concern that as a result of the cuts, child care is no longer affordable for many families, that working parents have been disadvantaged and in some cases have to forego employment and study; and

               (d)  calls on the Federal Government to reinstate adequate funding to child care in South Australia.

         Debate resumed.

Ms Thompson moved to amend the motion by leaving out the word “fourteen” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “fifteen”.

Debate continued.

Ordered, on motion of Mr Meier, that the debate be further adjourned until Thursday 6 August.

 

13      Postponement of business

Ordered - That Orders of the Day: Other Motions Nos 6 and 7 be Orders of the Day for Thursday 6 August.

 

14      Grand Junction Road Traffic – Motion re

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Mr De Laine - That this House –

(a)  opposes the Government’s proposal to establish a twelve hour per day clearway on Grand Junction Road between South and Port Roads;

(b)  opposes the Government’s decision to allow A-Double Road Trains to operate on Grand Junction Road between South and Port Roads;

(c)  calls on the Government to put a freeze on both proposals until a thorough assessment is made of the whole situation; and

(d)  calls on the Government to investigate other options for sea cargo to be transported to both the Port River in line with its 1997 election promise.

         Debate resumed.

Mr Venning moved to amend the motion by leaving out all words after the word “House“ and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

      (a)  notes the proposal by Transport SA to establish a twelve hour per day clearway on Grand Junction Road between South and Port Roads has been referred to the Corporations of Charles Sturt and Port Adelaide for consideration and public consultation;

      (b)  notes the proposal is based on Australian Standard 1742 – 1989, Part II which provides that where one way traffic volumes exceed 800 vehicles per hour, the installation of the clearway is recommended to achieve two clear travelling lanes;

      (c)  notes the proposal is related to the decision to allow A-Double Road Trains to operate on Grand Junction Road between South and Port Roads;

      (d)  recognises that A-Double Road Train access to the Northern Adelaide metropolitan area from 1 March 1998 has been restricted to operators accredited under the TruckSafe or similar alternative scheme;

      (e)  acknowledges that the A-Double Road Train access initiative will generate transport savings of more than $4 million a year to the South Australian community and enable producers of farm and manufactured goods to be more competitive, and exports to be transported more efficiently.

         Debate continued.

Ordered, on motion of Ms Key, that the debate be further adjourned until Thursday 6 August.

 

15      Postponement of business

Ordered - That Orders of the Day: Other Motions Nos 9 and 10 be Orders of the Day for Thursday 6 August.

 

16      European Wasps - Motion re

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Hon D C Wotton - That this House commends the Government on its decision to maintain funding to assist in the control of European wasps and also its commitment to further research issues relating to their eradication and urges the Government not to support the imposition on property owners of a removal fee for wasp nests as this could discourage people from reporting the presence of wasps and would therefore be to the detriment of the program.

Which the Minister for Local Government (Hon M K Brindal) has moved to amend by leaving out all the words after the word “eradication”.

Debate resumed.

Ordered, on motion of Mr Scalzi, that the debate be further adjourned until Thursday 6 August.

 

17      National Farmers Federation - Labour Relations - Motion re

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Mr Clarke - That this House condemns the Federal Liberal Government and the National Farmers Federation for their provocative approach to water front reforms in Australia, and in particular:

(a) their support for current and past serving members of the Australian Defence Forces to participate in an ill fated overseas strike breaking training exercise;

(b) their support for the conspiracy entered into between Patrick Stevedores and the National Farmers Federation front company to establish a union busting stevedoring company at Webb Dock, Victoria;

     and calls on the Federal Government and the National Farmers Federation to recognise that just and fairly negotiated settlements between management, unions and the workers involved can achieve more in terms of productivity and improved labour relations.

         Debate resumed.

Mr Meier moved the amend the motion by leaving out all words after the word “House” and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

      “(a) recognises the need for waterfront reform in Australia;

      (b)  urges all parties involved in waterfront reform to work to ensure its success; and

      (c)  commends all those involved in the reform that has been achieved, thus far, at the Port Adelaide.”

Debate continued.

Ordered, on motion of Mr Venning, that the debate be further adjourned until Thursday 6 August.


18      Messages from the Governor’s Deputy

         The following Messages from the Governor’s Deputy were received and read:

 

         Sustainable Energy Bill - Recommending                                              Message No 18

The Governor’s Deputy recommends to the House of Assembly the appropriation of such amounts of money as may be required for the purposes mentioned in the Sustainable Energy Bill 1998.

         Government House, 23 July 1998                           B S Hetzel, GOVERNOR’S DEPUTY

 

         Electricity (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill - Recommending                Message No 19

The Governor’s Deputy recommends to the House of Assembly the appropriation of such amounts of money as may be required for the purposes mentioned in the Electricity (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 1998.

         Government House, 23 July 1998                           B S Hetzel, GOVERNOR’S DEPUTY

 

         Primary Industry Funding Schemes Bill - Recommending                     Message No 20

The Governor’s Deputy recommends to the House of Assembly the appropriation of such amounts of money as may be required for the purposes mentioned in the Primary Industry Funding Schemes Bill 1998.

         Government House, 23 July 1998                           B S Hetzel, GOVERNOR’S DEPUTY

 

19      Questions

         Questions without notice were asked.

 

20      Matter of Privilege

Mr Atkinson raised as a matter of privilege, a reflection on a vote of the House by the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism (Hon G M Ingerson), as reported by the media.

The Speaker ruled that the allegation did not constitute a breach of privilege.

 

21      Questions

         Questions (interrupted by the foregoing) were resumed.

 

22      Paper

         The following Paper was tabled:

 

         By the Minister for Government Enterprises (Hon M H Armitage) –

               Ministerial Statement – Rape Counselling Notes Confidentiality.

 

23      Public Works Committee - Report – Education Development Centre – Training and Development Unit

Mr Lewis brought up the Seventy-Fifth Report of the Committee on the Education Development Centre – Training and Development Unit .

         Report received.

 

         Ordered to be printed (Paper No 207).

 

24      Grievance debate

         The Speaker proposed - That the House note grievances.

         Debate ensued.

         Question put and passed.


25      Next day of sitting

The Minister for Local Government moved - That the House at its rising adjourn until Tuesday 4 August at 2.00 pm.

         Question put and passed.

 

26      City of Adelaide 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

                                                Clause No 1 agreed to.

                                                Clause No 2 postponed.

                                                Clause No 3 read.

Mr Atkinson moved on page 1, line 20 after the words “capital city” to insert the words “and heart”, line 23, after the word “Adelaide” to insert the words “and the representation of the interests of South Australian not enfranchised to vote in elections for the Corporation”, and after line 24, to insert the following subclause:

      (d)  to ensure access to the City of Adelaide for all South Australians.

 

               To report progress and ask 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 on Tuesday 4 August.

 

27      Message from the Legislative Council

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

 

         Gaming Machines (Gaming Tax) Amendment Bill                                  Message No 86

MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, titled an Act to amend the Gaming Machines Act 1992, without any amendment.

         Legislative Council, 23 July 1998                                                    J C Irwin, PRESIDENT

 

28      Adjournment

         House adjourned at 5.59 pm until Tuesday 4 August at 2.00 pm.

 

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MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

 

         For Thursday 6 August 1998

 

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

 

Mr Lewis to move – That the Seventy-Fifth Report of the Public Works Committee on the Education Development Centre – Training and Development Unit be noted.

 

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         Present during the day - All Members except Mr Koutsantonis.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                            J K G Oswald

                                                                                                            SPEAKER

 

G D Mitchell

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY