No 42

 

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

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THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER 2002

 

1       Meeting of House

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

 

2       Professor Graeme Hugo – Federation Fellowship - Motion re

Ms Thompson, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House congratulates Professor Graeme Hugo of the University of Adelaide upon being awarded a $1M Federation Fellowship to research population changes and migration trends.

         Debate ensued.

         Question put and passed.

 

3       Festival Centre Redevelopment - Motion re

Mr Hamilton-Smith, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House –

(a)  recognises the vision shown by the Steele Hall Liberal Government through its 1968 decision to design, fund and construct the Festival Centre at its present site, later supported and opened by Don Dunstan;

(b)  congratulates the former Liberal Government for its commitment to fund the redevelopment of the Festival Centre, recently opened by the incoming Government on 15 October 2002; and

(c)  expresses its gratitude and commendation to the Festival Centre management and staff, the Festival Centre Trust and  Arts SA for their commitment to the rejuvenation of the precinct and their hard work and dedication throughout the redevelopment.

Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 21 November 2002.

 

4       Employment Advertisements - Motion re

Dr McFetridge, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House supports the principle of truth in advertising in employment advertisements and the strengthening of the Fair Trading Act 1987 by requiring all advertisements to contain –

(a)  the commonly recognised business or trading name of the employers;

(b)  the location of the proposed place of employment; and

(c)  contact details, including the name and telephone number of an authorised officer in the employers organisation.

Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 21 November 2002.

 

5       Postponement of business

Ordered - That Notice of Motion: Other Motions Nos 4 to 6 be postponed and taken into consideration after Notice of Motion: Other Motions No 7.


 

6       Bali Tragedy Emergency Teams - Motion re

Mr Caica, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House congratulates and expresses its gratitude for the outstanding contribution made by all South Australians who travelled to Bali in the aftermath of the recent bombing tragedy and in particular, the emergency teams headed by Forensic Services Officer-in-Charge – Superintendent Andy Telfer, Missing Persons Unit –- Senior Constable Janet Forrest, burns specialist – Dr John Greenwood and retrieval team specialists – Dr Peter Sharley and Dr Bill Griggs, and further recognises the significant contribution made by The Advertiser reporter – Colin James in assisting the families of the Bali victims.

         Debate ensued.

         Question put and passed.

 

7       Glenelg Tram Line - Motion re

Dr McFetridge, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House urges the Minister for Transport to investigate extending the Glenelg tram line to North Adelaide to service commuters, further develop tourism and preserve South Australia’s proud heritage.

         Debate ensued.

Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 21 November 2002.

 

8       Tail Docking of Dogs - Motion re

Dr McFetridge, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House condemns the practice of tail docking of dogs for cosmetic purposes and urges the Government to amend the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 to outlaw this practice and impose penalties, except in circumstances necessary for the good health and well being of those dogs as assessed by qualified veterinarians.

         Debate ensued.

Ordered, on motion of Mr Goldsworthy, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 21 November.

 

9       School Pledge - Motion re

Dr McFetridge, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House encourages all South Australian primary and secondary schools to adopt the following pledge at school assemblies – “I declare my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I promise to uphold and obey.”  

         Debate ensued.

Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 21 November 2002.

 

10      Message from the Governor’s Deputy

The following Message from the Governor’s Deputy was received and read:

 

Statutes Amendment (Division of Superannuation Interests Under Family Law Act) Bill                                                                                                                        Message No 11

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 Statutes Amendment (Division of Superannuation Interests Under Family Law Act) Bill 2002.

Government House, 23 October 2002                      Brunno Krumins, DEPUTY GOVERNOR

 

11      Petition No 50

         The Clerk announced that the following Member had lodged a Petition for presentation:

 

50   Hon D C Kotz, from 10 589 residents of South Australia, requesting the House refrain from passing legislation to extend shop trading hours.

 

12      Answers to questions

Answers to questions on the Notice Paper Nos 8, 19, 20, 30, 39, 54, 69, 73 & 114 were tabled by the Speaker.

 

13      Papers

         The following Papers were tabled:

 

By the Minister for Health (Hon L Stevens) –

      Dental Board of South Australia – Report 2001-2002

 

By the Minister for Environment and Conservation (Hon J D Hill) –

      South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Board – Report 2001-2002

      Pastoral Board of South Australia – Report 2001-2002

 

By the Minister for Tourism (Hon J D Lomax-Smith) –

      Primary Industries and Resources SA 2001-2002

 

By the Minister for Urban Development and Planning (Hon J W Weatherill) –

      Planning Strategy for South Australia – Report 2001–2002.

 

14      Speaker's Statement – Constitutional Convention

The Speaker informed the House that:

 

The Constitutional Convention Parliamentary Steering Committee is comprised of the President of the Legislative Council, the Attorney-General, the Liberal Party spokesman on matters relevant to the Attorney‑General's portfolio, the Hon Gail Gago, the Hon Angus Redford, the Hon Dean Brown, Mr John Rau and myself.

 

The committee has recently met and empanelled a group of experts. The panel of experts are Dr Peter Howell, Dr Clement Macintyre, Dr Geoffrey Partington, Professor Judith Sloan, Dr Jenis Stock, Professor Geoffrey Walker and two former members of parliament, one of whom is the former Chief Justice, Hon Len King, and the other, Hon Trevor Griffin.

 

The five questions to which the expert panel will address itself as determined by the steering committee are:

1.  Should South Australia have a system of initiative and referendum (that is, Citizen Initiated Referenda) and, if so, in what form and how should it operate?

2.  What is the optimum number of parliamentarians in each House of Parliament necessary for responsible government and representative democracy in the Westminster system operating in South Australia?

3.  What should be the role and function of each of the Houses of Parliament?

4.  What measures should be adopted to improve the accountability, transparency and functioning of government?

5.   (1)  What should be the role of political parties in the Legislative Council, and what should                        be the method of election to the Legislative Council?

      (2)  What should be the electoral system (including the fairness test) and method of                                 election to the House of Assembly?

 

15      Questions

Questions without notice were asked.

Ordered on motion of the Minister for Government Enterprises (Hon P F Conlon) - That the period for asking questions without notice be extended by 3 minutes.

Questions without notice resumed.

 

16      Grievance debate

On motion of the Speaker, the House noted grievances.

 

17      Next day of sitting

Ordered, on motion of the Attorney-General (Hon M J Atkinson) - That the House at its rising adjourn until Monday 18 November 2002 at 2.00 pm.


 

18      Statutes Amendment and Repeal (National Competition Policy) Bill

The Minister for Tourism, pursuant to notice, moved - That she have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Conveyancers Act 1994, the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994 and the Local Government Act 1934; and to repeal the Advances to Settlers Act 1930, the Emergency Powers Act 1941, the Loans for Fencing and Water Piping Act 1938, the Loans to Producers Act 1927 and the Student Hostels (Advances) Act 1961.

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 Hon I F Evans, that the debate be adjourned until Monday 18 November.

 

19      South Australian Metropolitan Fire Services (Fire Prevention) Amendment Bill

The Minister for Government Enterprises (Hon P F Conlon), pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service Act 1936.

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 Hon I F Evans, that the debate be adjourned until Monday 18 November.

 

20      Local Government (Access to Meetings and Documents) Amendment Bill

The Minister for Local Government (Hon J W Weatherill), pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Local Government Act 1999.

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 Hon I F Evans, that the debate be adjourned until Monday 18 November.

 

21      Gaming Machines (Gaming Tax) Amendment Bill

Order of the Day read for the consideration of the suggested amendments of the Legislative Council in this Bill.

 

In Committee

 

         Resolved - That the amendments be agreed to.

 

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         The House having resumed:

Mrs Redmond reported that the Committee had considered the amendments referred to it and had agreed to the same without amendment.

 

22      Health and Community Services Complaints Bill

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

Debate resumed.

 

23      Extension of time for adjournment

Ordered, on motion of the Minister for Health (Hon L Stevens) - That the time for moving the adjournment of the House be extended beyond 5.00pm.

 

24      Health and Community Services Complaints Bill

Debate (interrupted by the foregoing) resumed.

Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be further adjourned until Monday 18 November.

        

25      Messages from the Legislative Council

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

 

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (On-line Services) Amendment Bill                                Message No 43

MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, titled an Act to amend the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, without any amendment.

         Legislative Council, 24 October 2002                                              R R Roberts, PRESIDENT

 

Constitution (Parliamentary Secretaries) Amendment Bill                     Message No 44

MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, titled an Act to amend the Constitution Act 1934 and to make related amendments to the Oaths Act 1935 and the Parliamentary Remuneration Act 1990, without any amendment.

         Legislative Council, 24 October 2002                                              R R Roberts, PRESIDENT

 

26      Adjournment

House adjourned at 5.30 pm until Monday 18 November at 2.00 pm.

 

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MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

 

            For Thursday 21 November 2002

 

Notices of Motion: Other Motions -

 

Mr Hamilton-Smith to move – That this House –

(a)  congratulates the State Tourism Plan Review Leadership Team and the South Australian Tourism Commission on the release of the draft South Australian Tourism Plan 2002-07 commenced under the former Liberal Government;

(b)  regrets the current Government’s lack of interest in the Plan evident from its poor launch and promulgation of the Plan and an inadequate time frame for submissions; and

(c)  notes the failure of the current Government to contribute anything new in the way of ideas and strategy towards the Plan.

 

Ms Thompson to move – That this House congratulates Ms Rebecca Crack on her outstanding achievement in winning 4 gold. I silver and 2 bronze medals at the World Life Saving Championship at Daytona, USA in May this year.

 

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Present during the day - All Members except Hon S W Key and Hon M D Rann.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        Peter Lewis

                                                                                                                        SPEAKER

 

David A Bridges

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY