No 36

 

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

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THURSDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2004

 

 

1       Meeting of House

         The House met pursuant to adjournment. The Speaker (Hon Peter Lewis) took the Chair and read prayers.

 

2       Public Schools - Motion re

Ms Rankine, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House recognises the important contribution of South Australian public schools in teaching their students important and diverse values and strongly rejects the views of the Prime Minister that public schools are too politically correct and value neutral.

Mr Scalzi moved to amend the motion by deleting all words after “values and” and insert “rejects any attempt to politicise or devalue this contribution.”

Debate ensued.

Question – That the amendment be agreed to – put.

 

         House divided (No 1):

 

           Ayes, 21

 

           Noes, 18

Mr Brindal

Hon M J Atkinson

Mr Brokenshire

Ms Bedford

Hon D C Brown

Ms Breuer

Hon M R Buckby

Mr Caica

Ms Chapman

Ms Ciccarello

Mr Goldsworthy

Hon P F Conlon

Hon G M Gunn

Mrs Geraghty

Mrs Hall

Mr Hanna

Mr Hamilton-Smith

Hon J D Hill

Hon R G Kerin

Mr Koutsantonis

Hon D C Kotz

Mr O'Brien

Hon W A Matthew

Hon M D Rann

Ms Maywald

Mr Rau

Hon R J McEwen

Mr Snelling

Dr McFetridge

Ms Thompson

Mrs Penfold

Hon J W Weatherill

Mrs Redmond

Hon M J Wright

Hon R B Such

Ms Rankine (Teller)

Mr Venning

 

Mr Williams

 

Mr Scalzi (Teller)

 

 

         So it was resolved in the affirmative.

 

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

 

3       Petitions Nos 45 and 46

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

 

45   Mr Scalzi, from 397 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to reject voluntary euthanasia legislation; ensure all hospital medical staff receive proper palliative care training; and provide adequate funding of palliative care procedures for all terminally ill patients.

 

46   Hon W A Matthew, from 24 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to urge the Government to immediately withdraw the trial of the Sexual Health and Relationship Education Program, developed by SHINE, from all 14 participating schools, pending professional assessment and endorsement.

 

4       Speaker's Statement – Matters of Privilege

The Speaker stated that with respect to the matters of privilege raised by the Hon G M Gunn on 18 February concerning the Natural Resources Management Bill and Hon I F Evans on 19 February concerning the WorkCover Corporation, he found that, prima facie, each matter touched on privilege and therefore he would give precedence to relevant motions.

 

5       Papers

         The Speaker laid on the Table the following report:

      District Council of Coober Pedy – Report 2002-2003.

 

         The following Papers were tabled:

 

By the Minister for Infrastructure (Hon P F Conlon) –

               Moomba Gas Crises – Report into

 

By the Minister for Health (Hon L Stevens) –

      Modbury Hospital – Report 2002-2003.

 

6       Questions

Questions without notice were asked.

 

7       Speaker's Statement – Ministerial and Departmental Responsibilities

The Speaker made a statement about the responsibilities of Ministers and their departments in providing information to Members and the Parliament in response to questions asked.

 

8       Grievance debate

On motion of the Speaker, the House noted grievances.

 

9       Privileges Committee – WorkCover Corporation - Motion re

The Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Hon D C Brown) moved – That a Privileges Committee be established to investigate the matter of privilege raised by Hon I F Evans, and that the Committee report back to the Parliament by the next sitting day, or as soon as possible thereafter on whether there has been a breach of privilege.

Question put and passed.

 

Privileges Committee - Appointed

Ordered, on motion of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition – That a Committee be appointed consisting of the Speaker as Chairman of the Committee, Ms Chapman, Mrs Redmond, the Attorney-General (Hon M J Atkinson) and the Minister for Administrative Services (Hon J W Weatherill).

 

10      Privileges Committee – Natural Resources Management Boards - Motion re

The Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Hon D C Brown) moved – That a Privileges Committee be established to examine the action of advertising for Board positions under the Natural Resources Management Bill which at the time, had not been passed by the Parliament.

Debate ensued.

The Minister for Infrastructure moved, to amend the motion by removing all words after “That” and substitute “the explanation of the Minister for Minister for Environment and Conservation of the actions of the officers in question be accepted and no further action be taken by the Parliament.”

Debate ensued.

 

The Speaker ruled the amendment was out of order as it was merely an expanded negative.

The Speaker proceeded to make a statement regarding the functions of a Privileges Committee.

 

11      Extension of time for adjournment

Ordered, on motion of the Minister for Infrastructure - That the time for moving the adjournment of the House be extended beyond 5.00 pm.

Question put and passed.

 

12      Privileges Committee – Natural Resources Management Board - Motion re

The Speaker concluded his statement.

Question – That a Privileges Committee be established - put.

 

         House divided (No 2):

 

           Ayes, 19

 

           Noes, 25

Mr Brindal

Hon M J Atkinson

Mr Brokenshire

Ms Bedford

Hon M R Buckby

Ms Breuer

Ms Chapman

Mr Caica

Mr Goldsworthy

Ms Ciccarello

Hon G M Gunn

Mrs Geraghty

Mrs Hall

Mr Hanna

Mr Hamilton-Smith

Hon J D Hill

Hon R G Kerin

Hon S W Key

Hon D C Kotz

Mr Koutsantonis

Hon W A Matthew

Hon J D Lomax-Smith

Dr McFetridge

Ms Maywald

Mr Meier

Hon R J McEwen

Mrs Penfold

Mr O'Brien

Mrs Redmond

Ms Rankine

Mr Scalzi

Hon M D Rann

Mr Venning

Mr Rau

Mr Williams

Mr Snelling

Hon D C Brown (Teller)

Hon L Stevens

 

Hon R B Such

 

Ms Thompson

 

Hon J W Weatherill

 

Hon P L White

 

Hon M J Wright

 

Hon P F Conlon (Teller)

 

         So it passed in the negative.

 

13      Privileges Committee – WorkCover Corporation-  Motion re

Ordered – That the Committee shall operate under the Standing Orders and practice for the conduct of Select Committees of this House; that it have power to send for persons, papers and records and to adjourn from place to place.

 

14      Paper

         The following Papers were tabled:

 

         By the Minister for Environment and Conservation -

            Regional Natural Resources Management Boards Advertisement – Call for nominations

            Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation - Department of – Statement of cash flows.

 

 

15      Next day of sitting

Ordered, on motion of the Minister for Tourism (Hon J D Lomax-Smith) - That the House at its rising adjourn until Monday 22 March at 2.00 pm.

 

16      Messages from the Legislative Council

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

 

         Liquor Licensing (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill                                 Message No 43

MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, titled an Act to amend the Liquor Licensing Act 1997, without any amendment.

         Legislative Council, 26 February 2004                                             R R Roberts, PRESIDENT

 

         Summary Offences (Consumption of Dogs and Cats) Amendment Bill  

                                                                                                                        Message No 44

MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, titled an Act to amend the Summary Offences Act 1953, without any amendment.

         Legislative Council, 26 February 2004                                             R R Roberts, PRESIDENT

 

17      Postponement of business

Ordered - That Orders of the Day: Government Business Nos 1 to 4 be postponed and taken into consideration after Order of the Day: Government Business No 5.

 

18      Freedom of Information (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

Order of the Day read for the consideration of the Message from the Legislative Council in this Bill.

 

In Committee

Resolved – That the disagreement to the amendments of the Legislative Council be insisted on.

 

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         The House having resumed:

Hon R B Such reported that the Committee had considered the Message referred to it and had resolved to insist on its disagreement to the amendments of the Legislative Council.

 

Conference – Freedom of Information (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill

The Minister for Administrative Services (Hon J W Weatherill), moved - That a Message be sent to the Legislative Council requesting that a Conference be granted to this House respecting certain amendments of the Legislative Council in the Bill and that the Legislative Council be informed that, in the event of such a Conference being agreed to, this House will be represented at such Conference by five Managers; and that Hon I P Lewis, Mr Koutsantonis, Hon D C Kotz, Mrs Redmond and the mover be Managers of the Conference on the part of this House.

Question put and passed.

 

19      Postponement of business

Ordered - That Order of the Day: Government Business No 1 postponed and taken into consideration after Order of the Day: Government Business No 3.

 

20      State Procurement Bill

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

Debate resumed.

Ordered, on motion of the Minister for Administrative Services, that the debate be further adjourned until Monday 22 March.

 

21      Adjournment

House adjourned at 5.58 pm until Monday 22 March at 2.00 pm.

 

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MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

 

            For Wednesday 24 March 2004

 

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

 

Mr Hamilton-Smith to move – That this House establish a Select Committee to examine and report upon the South Australian Film Corporation and the South Australian Film Industry, and in particular

(a)           management and productivity issues within South Australian Film Corporation;

(b)           matters raised by the Auditor-General in 2003 regarding financial  procedures and risk management strategies within the Corporation; and 

(c)           a future vision and growth strategy for development of the Film Industry in South Australia.

 

            For Thursday 25 March 2004

 

Notices of Motion: Other Motions -

 

Mr Venning to move – That this House expresses concern at the condition of South Australian roads and condemns the State Government for reducing road funding to become one of the lowest per capita road expenditure States in Australia.

 

Mr Venning to move – That this House expresses concern at the withdrawal of the Barossa Wine Train service and calls on the Government to urgently investigate its re-instatement and report these findings to Parliament.

 

Mr Venning to move – That this House condemns the Government for not prioritising funding towards projects on the River Murray including the upgrading of pump out station facilities for houseboats.  

 

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Present during the day - All Members except the Deputy Premier (Hon K O Foley) and Hon I F Evans.

 

         The following Pairs were handed in at the Table during the days proceedings:

 

         Division No 1 -

               Ayes - Hon I F Evans and Mr Meier.

               Noes -Deputy Premier (Hon K O Foley) and the Minister for Education and Children’s Services (Hon P L White).

 

         Division No 2 -

               Ayes - Deputy Premier (Hon K O Foley).

               Noes - Hon I F Evans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        Peter Lewis

                                                                                                                        SPEAKER

 

David A Bridges

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY