No. 38

 

                     VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

                            OF THE

 

                       HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

 

                                                                                                                        

 

 

                                                                           TUESDAY 16 FEBRUARY 1993

 

 1             Meeting of House

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

                    Chair and read prayers.

 

 2             Petitions Nos 124 to 127

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

 

                124    The Minister of Housing, Urban Development and Local Government Relations

                    (Hon. G.J. Crafter) from 171 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge the Government to provide equitable access to out of school hours care services to disabled children.

 

                125    Mr Becker from 51 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge the Government to support the retention of the aircraft curfew at Adelaide Airport.

 

                126    Hon. B.C. Eastick from 28 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge                             the Government to rescind the increase in liquor licence fees.

 

                127    Mr Such from 37 residents of South Australia, requesting that the House urge the                      Government not to increase cheque transaction charges.

 

 3             Answers to questions

                Answers to a question on the Notice Paper No. 253 and a question without notice were tabled by the Speaker.

 

 4             Papers

                The following Papers were laid on the Table:

 

                By the Minister of Housing, Urban Development and Local Government Relations -

                    Children's Court Advisory Committee - Report 1991-92

                    Summary Offences Act - Road Block Establishment Authorisations and Dangerous Area

                      Declarations - Returns - 20 October 1992 to 19 January 1993

                    Classification of Publications Act 1974 - Regulations - Sydney Inside Out

                          Exemption

                    Corporation of Glenelg - By-law No. 2 - Foreshore

 

                By the Minister of Environment and Land Management (Hon. M.K. Mayes)-

                    Liquor Licensing Act 1985 - Regulations - Dry Areas - Gawler

 

 

 

                By the Minister of Business and Regional Development (Hon. M.D. Rann)-

                    Marine Act 1936 and Fees Regulation Act 1927 - Regulations - Consultancy Fees.

 

 5             Questions

                Questions without notice were asked.

 

 6             Grievance debate

                The Speaker proposed - That the House note grievances.

                Debate ensued.

                Question put and passed.

 

 7             Limitation of debate

                The Deputy Premier (Hon. F.T. Blevins) moved - That the time allotted for

                    completion of the:

                    Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Declaration of Validity) Bill;

                    Public and Environmental Health (Review) Amendment Bill;

                    Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Bill;

                    Motor Vehicles (Wrecked or Written Off Vehicles) Amendment Bill;

                    Statutes Amendment (Motor Vehicles and Wrongs) Bill; and

                    Motion for a Select Committee into the Organisation of Health Commission Services,      be until 6.00 p.m. on Thursday next.

                Question put.

                House divided (No. 1):

                  Ayes, 23.                                       Noes, 23.

            Hon. L.M.F. Arnold

            Mr Atkinson

            Hon. J.C. Bannon

            Hon. F.T. Blevins

            Hon. G.J. Crafter

            Mr De Laine

            Hon. M.J. Evans

            Mr Ferguson

            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. R.J. Gregory (Teller)

Hon. H. Allison

Dr Armitage

Hon. P.B. Arnold

Mr D.S. Baker

Mr Becker

Mr Blacker

Mr Brindal

Hon. D.C. Brown

Hon. J.L. Cashmore

Hon. B.C. Eastick

Mr S.G. Evans

Mr Gunn

Mr Ingerson

Mrs Kotz

Mr Lewis

Mr Matthew

Mr Meier

Mr Olsen

Mr Oswald

Mr Such

Mr Venning

Hon. D.C. Wotton

Mr S.J. Baker (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.

 

 

 

 

 8             Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Declaration of Validity) Bill

                Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the question - That the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Declaration of Validity) Bill be now read a second time.

                Debate resumed.

 

                Speakers Statement

                The Speaker made the following statement:

                    "It is most unusual for the Speaker to participate in a debate, but in view of some of the remarks made about the process undertaken in the assent process it may be useful for me to enlighten the House on how necessary corrections are made to Bills after passing both Houses and before presentation to Her Excellency for assent.

                    Firstly I quote from Erskine May (pages 509 and 510) -

                               "any alterations in a Bill which are necessitated by the renumbering of clauses or by a change in the date of the citation title, and in marginal notes and headings, which are not technically part of the Bill, and any printing corrections which are not of substance, are made by the Public Bill Office before the Bill is reprinted at any stage."

                    Bennion's Statutory Interpretation (page 109) provides a formal list of rules for changes which may be made by the Clerks at Westminister.  Rule 4 states:

                               "where the text of the House Bill contains a misprint, and it is clear what the correct version should be, it is for the Public Bill Office to correct the error.  If it is not clear what the correction should be the error must be allowed to remain (unless, there being further stages of the Bill's progress to come, the error can be put right by an amendment)."

                    Finally in an article in the New Zealand Law Journal of October 1989 (page 346) -

                               "In England it is well established practice for the Clerk to make a variety of alterations to Bills both before and after the Royal assent in order to settle the final form of the published text.  Such alterations must not of course amount to substantive amendments to the legislative text - although, as will be seen, they may almost appear so.  Essentially, they constitute a last tidying up of the text, the intention being to give full effect to the will of Parliament.  The Clerk, for instance, has a discretion as to where new clauses or schedules are to be inserted.  Where the text of the Bill obviously contains a misprint, this may be corrected.  Similarly, if alterations in the numbering of sections becomes necessary owing to the addition or deletion of material from the Bill, again the Clerk may make the required alterations".

                    Coming now to the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 1992 and the three changes made by the Clerk to Clause 22.

                    It was the Clerk's view after Parliamentary Counsel drew his attention to subparagraphs (b)(i) and (ii) that references to "this Act" were misprints.  The text referred to claims for compensation already made under this Act - an impossibility.  The only possible meaning was a reference to a claim for compensation made under the principal Act.  Accordingly the Clerk made the necessary changes.  Without them the subparagraphs are meaningless.  The intended meaning was obvious.  The Clerk also removed a comma in subparagraph (2) between the figures 10 and 11 and replaced it with an "and".  A simple grammatical improvement.

                    The Clerk informed me of the changes he had made after the event.  In view of newspaper speculation suggesting Government interference he has asked me to indicate that he did not discuss the issue with any member of the House or any of their staff prior to the Bill being assented to.

                    Incidentally the reference to the Deputy Speaker is simply explained.  During my absence interstate on Parliamentary business, the Deputy Speaker was deputed to take

 

 

 

                    the Bill to Her Excellency.  A consequence of that action was that he signed the Bill on

                    my behalf.

                    Finally I want to say that there is no doubt that the House itself is the final authority on the form of any legislation which is passed.  Inevitably in the hurly burly of the process the `i's and the `t's will need to be dotted and crossed when we have gone home.  The alternative is for us to spend twice as long here arguing about commas and fullstops.

                    Within the very tight constraints which I quoted at the beginning the Clerk and his staff have the unenviable task of ensuring that what we do here each day does not become a nonsense.

                    The House of course can change the practice of 137 years but I suggest we will be poorer for it.  If however that is the wish of the House I suggest a substantive motion will be the appropriate way to resolve the matter."

                Question 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

            Mr Ferguson

            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. R.J. Gregory (Teller)

Hon. H. Allison

Dr Armitage

Hon. P.B. Arnold

Mr D.S. Baker

Mr S.J. Baker

Mr Becker

Mr Blacker

Hon. D.C. Brown

Hon. J.L. Cashmore

Hon. B.C. Eastick

Mr S.G. Evans

Mr Gunn

Mrs Kotz

Mr Lewis

Mr Matthew

Mr Meier

Mr Olsen

Mr Oswald

Mr Such

Mr Venning

Hon. D.C. Wotton

Mr Ingerson (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.

 

                Bill read a second time.

 

                                                                                            In Committee

                                                             Clause No. 1 agreed to.

                                                             Clause No. 2 read.

                Question - That the Clause stand as printed - put.


 

 

                Committee 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. 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

            Hon. N.T. Peterson

            Mr Quirke

            Hon. M.D. Rann

            Hon. J.P. Trainer

            Hon. R.J. Gregory (Teller)

Hon. H. Allison

Dr Armitage

Hon. P.B. Arnold

Mr D.S. Baker

Mr S.J. Baker

Mr Becker

Mr Blacker

Hon. D.C. Brown

Hon. J.L. Cashmore

Hon. B.C. Eastick

Mr S.G. Evans

Mr Gunn

Mrs Kotz

Mr Lewis

Mr Matthew

Mr Meier

Mr Olsen

Mr Oswald

Mr Such

Mr Venning

Hon. D.C. Wotton

Mr Ingerson (Teller)

 

                Casting Vote

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

                So it was resolved in the affirmative.

                                                             Title agreed to.

 

                                                                                                                       

 

                The House having resumed:

                Mr Ferguson reported that the Committee had considered the Bill referred to it and had agreed to the same without amendment.

                The Minister of Labour Relations and Occupational Health and Safety (Hon. R.J. Gregory) moved - That this Bill be now read a third time.

                Debate ensued.

                Question put.


 

                House divided (No. 4):

               Ayes, 23.                                    Noes, 22.

            Hon. L.M.F. Arnold

            Mr Atkinson

            Hon. J.C. Bannon

            Hon. F.T. Blevins

            Hon. G.J. Crafter

            Mr De Laine

            Hon. M.J. Evans

            Mr Ferguson

            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. R.J. Gregory (Teller)

Hon. H. Allison

Dr Armitage

Hon. P.B. Arnold

Mr D.S. Baker

Mr S.J. Baker

Mr Becker

Mr Blacker

Hon. D.C. Brown

Hon. J.L. Cashmore

Hon. B.C. Eastick

Mr S.G. Evans

Mr Gunn

Mrs Kotz

Mr Lewis

Mr Matthew

Mr Meier

Mr Olsen

Mr Oswald

Mr Such

Mr Venning

Hon. D.C. Wotton

Mr Ingerson (Teller)

                So it was resolved in the affirmative.

 

                Bill read a third time and passed.

 

 9             Postponement of business

                Ordered - That Order of the Day (Government Business) No. 2 be postponed and taken into consideration after Order of the Day (Government Business) No. 3.

 

10           Public and Environmental Health (Review) Amendment Bill

                Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the question - That the Public and                          Environmental Health (Review) Amendment Bill be now read a second time.

                Debate resumed.

                Question put and passed.

 

                Bill read a second time.

 

                                                                                            In Committee

                                                             Clauses Nos 1 to 18 agreed to.

                                                             Title agreed to.

 

                                                                                                                       

 

                The House having resumed:

                Mr Ferguson 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.                                                                      

 

 

 

11           Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Bill

                Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the question - That the Consent to

                    Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Bill be now read a second time.

                Debate resumed.

 

12           Extension of time for adjournment

                The Minister of Health, Family and Community Services (Hon. M.J. Evans) moved - That

                    the time for moving the adjournment of the House be extended beyond 10.00 p.m.

                Question put and passed.

 

13           Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Bill

                Debate (interrupted by the foregoing motion) resumed.

                Ordered, on motion of the Minister of Health, Family and Community Services, that the debate be further adjourned and resumed on motion.

 

14           Suspension of Standing Orders

                The Minister of Health, Family and Community Services, without notice, moved - That Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable the House to sit beyond midnight.

                Question put.


 

                House divided (No. 5):

               Ayes, 37.                                          Noes, 3.

            Hon. H. Allison

            Hon. L.M.F. Arnold

            Dr Armitage

            Mr Atkinson

            Mr S.J. Baker

            Hon. J.C. Bannon

            Mr Blacker

            Hon. F.T. Blevins

            Mr Brindal

            Hon. J.L. Cashmore

            Hon. G.J. Crafter

            Mr De Laine

            Hon. B.C. Eastick

            Mr Ferguson

            Hon. R.J. Gregory

            Hon. T.R. Groom

            Mr Hamilton

            Hon. T.H. Hemmings

            Mr Heron

            Mr Holloway

            Hon. D.J. Hopgood

            Mrs Hutchison

            Mr Ingerson

            Hon. J.H.C. Klunder

            Mrs Kotz

            Hon. S.M. Lenehan

            Mr McKee

            Mr Matthew

            Hon. M.K. Mayes

            Mr Olsen

            Mr Oswald

            Mr Quirke

            Hon. M.D. Rann

            Hon. J.P. Trainer

            Mr Venning

            Hon. D.C. Wotton

            Hon. M.J. Evans (Teller)

Mr Becker

Mr Lewis

Mr Meier (Teller)

                So it was resolved in the affirmative.

 

15           Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Bill

                Ordered - That the adjourned debate on the question - That the Consent to Medical                            Treatment and Palliative Care Bill be now read a second time - be now resumed.

                Debate resumed.

                                                                                                                      

 

                                                                                      It being 12 midnight:

                                                                         WEDNESDAY 17 FEBRUARY 1993

                                                                                                                      

 

 

                Question put.

                House divided (No. 6):

               Ayes, 39.                                          Noes, 4.

            Hon. H. Allison

            Dr Armitage

            Hon. L.M.F. Arnold

            Hon. P.B. Arnold

            Mr Atkinson

            Mr S.J. Baker

            Hon. J.C. Bannon

            Hon. F.T. Blevins

            Mr Brindal

            Hon. J.L. Cashmore

            Hon. G.J. Crafter

            Mr De Laine

            Hon. B.C. Eastick

            Mr Ferguson

            Hon. R.J. Gregory

            Hon. T.R. Groom

            Mr Gunn

            Mr Hamilton

            Hon. T.H. Hemmings

            Mr Heron

            Mr Holloway

            Hon. D.J. Hopgood

            Mrs Hutchison

            Mr Ingerson

            Hon. J.H.C. Klunder

            Mrs Kotz

            Hon. S.M. Lenehan

            Mr Lewis

            Mr McKee

            Mr Matthew

            Hon. M.K. Mayes

            Mr Olsen

            Mr Oswald

            Mr Quirke

            Hon. M.D. Rann

            Hon. J.P. Trainer

            Mr Venning

            Hon. D.C. Wotton

            Hon. M.J. Evans (Teller)

Mr Becker

Mr Blacker

Mr S.G. Evans

Mr Meier (Teller)

                So it was resolved in the affirmative.

 

                Bill read a second time.

 

                                                                                            In Committee

                                                             Bill amended proforma.

 

                                                                                                                       

 

 

                The House having resumed:

                Mr Ferguson reported that the Committee had considered the Bill referred to it and had                       amended it proforma.

                Ordered - That the third reading be an Order of the Day for today.

 

16           Adjournment

                House adjourned at 12.45 a.m. until today at 2.00 p.m.

 

                                                                                                                        

 

                                                               MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

For Wednesday 17 February 1993

                Notice of Motion:  Government Business -

 

The Treasurer to move - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Police Superannuation Act 1990 and to make a related amendment to the Superannuation Act 1988.

 

The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs to move - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 1966.

 

The Minister of Health, Family and Community Services to move - That a Select Committee be established to examine -

                (a)     the administrative arrangements for the provision of health services in South Australia;

                (b)     coordination of and ways of enhancing cooperation between providers of health services in this State;

                (c)     the adequacy and appropriateness of the administrative controls, lines of responsibility and accountability of the providers of health care to the South Australian Health Commission and Government; and

                (d)     the South Australian Health Commission Act to identify required changes to facilitate any structural reform.

 

                Notices of Motion: Other Motions -

 

Mr McKee to move - That this House expresses its support for the concept of hosting an international wine trade expo in South Australia involving all the key wine growing regions of the State as a boost to wine exports and to tourism and encourages the wine industry to fully support such an expo.

 

For Thursday 18 February 1993

                Notice of Motion: Government Business -

 

The Minister of Health, Family and Community Services to move - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to provide for the funding and provision of disability services in accordance with certain principles and objectives; and for other related purposes.

 

For Wednesday 3 March 1993

                Notices of Motion: Other Motions -

 

Mr Venning to move - That this House notes the findings of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics recent National Outlook Conference in Canberra and expresses its concern at the effect on the South Australian economy of the crisis facing primary industries.

 

 

For Wednesday 24 March 1993

                Notice of Motion: Committees/Regulations -

 

Mr Oswald to move - That the Regulations under the Planning Act 1982 relating to Development Controls - Local Government, made on 17 December 1992 and laid on the Table of this House on 9 February 1993, be disallowed.

 

                                                                                                                         

 

Present during the day - All the Members.

 

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

 

                Division No. - 2         

                    Ayes - Hon. L.M.F. Arnold

                    Noes - Mr Brindal

 

                Division No. - 3

                    Ayes - Hon. L.M.F. Arnold

                    Noes - Mr Brindal

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                N.T. Peterson

                                                                                                                                                                SPEAKER

 

G.D. Mitchell

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY