No 43

 

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

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THURSDAY 10 MARCH 2005

 

 

1       Meeting of House

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

 

2       Kangaroo Island Tourism Infrastructure - Motion re

Mrs Hall, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House acknowledges the importance of Kangaroo Island as one of Australia's most significant international tourism destinations, and in particular

(a)           recognises the economic contribution Kangaroo Island makes to this State's tourism industry;

(b)           views, with concern, the ongoing funding issues facing the Kangaroo Island community with the current lack of specific infrastructure and maintenance provisions by this Government;

(c)           requests the Government to update this House on timelines, planning,  progress and funding options for upgrading the port facilities and foreshore developments at Penneshaw and Kingscote, the re-sealing of the tarmac at the Kingscote Airport and the ongoing maintenance and extension of the sealed road network; and

recognises the need for an increase in power accessibility and reliability across Kangaroo Island.

Mr O’Brien moved to amend the motion by inserting in paragraph (a) after “industry” the words “and also acknowledge the work and commitment by the tourism industry and the South Australian Tourism Commission as well in promoting Kangaroo Island as a leading ecotourism destination” ; deleting paragraph (b) and substituting in lieu thereof “acknowledges the funding contribution by this Government in the construction and sealing of the South Coast Road, between Timber Creek Road and the Flinders Chase National Park Head Quarters at Rocky River and similarly on the construction and sealing of the West End Highway from South Coast Road to Playford Highway” and insert the following words in paragraph (d) “and acknowledge that the Government has committed a direct allocation of $2 million to work to assist the whole Kangaroo Island community in the matter of power.”

         Debate ensued.

         Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 7 April.

 

3       Olympic Dam Project Expansion - Motion re

Mr Williams, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House acknowledges the recent expansion announcements by Western Mining Corporation and congratulates the former Tonkin Liberal Government, supported by the former Labor Legislative Councillor, Hon Norm Foster MLC, for their strong support for the Olympic Dam project and the long term economic benefit to this State despite intense rejection at the time by the Labor Party Opposition, which was coordinated by a senior advisor who is now the current Premier.

Mr Snelling moved to amend the motion by deleting all words after “congratulates” and insert the words “the Rann Labor Government for its strong support and active efforts to work with Western Mining Company to expand the Olympic Dam Mine.”

         Debate ensued.

         Ordered, on motion of Mrs Hall, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 7 April.

 

4       Postponement of business

Ordered - That Notice of Motion: Other Motions No 3 be postponed and taken into consideration after Notice of Motion: Other Motions No 5.

 

5       Apprentices and Trainees Shortage - Motion re

Hon R B Such, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House calls on the State and Federal Governments to increase the number of apprentices and trainees in areas where there is a clear shortage of technicians and tradespeople.

         Debate ensued.

         Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 7 April.

 

6       Higher Education Contribution Scheme Review - Motion re

Hon R B Such, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House calls on the Federal Government to review its policy on the Higher Education Contribution Scheme with a view to its reduction and eventual phasing out.

         Debate ensued.

 

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It being 1.00 pm, the motion was adjourned (Mr Scalzi, by leave) and made an Order of the Day for Thursday 7 April.

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7        Message from the Governor

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

 

Supply Bill – Recommending                                                     Message No 14

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 Supply Bill 2005.

Government House, 10 March 2005                        B Krumins, GOVERNOR’S DEPUTY

 

8       Petitions Nos 55 to 62

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

 

55   The Minister for Transport (Hon P L White), from 1038 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to urge the Government to immediately appoint an independent investigation into the death of Karl Petry on the Leigh Creek to Port Augusta Railway line by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau; begin a formal review of the South Australian Rail Safety Act and develop a National Code of Practice for Hi-Rail vehicles.

 

56   Mrs Penfold, from 1563 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to urge the Government to move South Australia to true Central Standard Time of our correct Greenwich Mean Time of 135 degrees longitude being one hour behind the Eastern States and one hour ahead of Western Australia, at 2.00 am on Sunday 27th March 2005 at the end of Daylight Saving Time.

 

57   Mrs Penfold, from 302 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to urge the Government to immediately reverse its decision to close the Australians Aiding Children Adoption Agency.

 

58   Mr Brokenshire, from 129 members of the South Australian Community, requesting the House to urge the Minister for Transport to review all 50km/h speed zones on all roads other than back streets.

 

59   Mr Brokenshire, from 72 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to urge the Minister for Transport to make a budget allocation for the urgent upgrade of the Main South Road, Victor Harbour Road intersection.

 

60   Mr Brokenshire, from 29 members of the South Australian Community, requesting the House to urge the Minister for Police to make a priority budget allocation for the establishment of a 24 hour police station and police patrols in the Victor Harbor/Goolwa area.

 

61   Mr Brokenshire, from 26 members of the South Australian Community, requesting the House to urge the Government to continue to recruit extra police officers, over and above recruitment at attrition, in order to increase police officer numbers.

 

62   Mr Brokenshire, from 19 members of the South Australian Community, requesting the House to urge the Minister for Transport to urgently upgrade the transport system for Aldinga, McLaren Vale and Willunga.

 

9       Paper

         The following Papers were tabled:

 

      By the Minister for Transport (Hon P L White) –

                  Passenger Transport Act 1994, Section 39 – Service Contracts Report

 

By the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (Hon R J McEwen) –

         PIRSA – Reconciliation of Cash at Bank 2003 – 2004.

 

10      Questions

Questions without notice were asked.

 

11      Grievance debate

On motion of the Speaker, the House noted grievances.

 

12      Heritage (Heritage Directions) Amendment Bill

The Minister for Environment and Conservation (Hon J D Hill), pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Heritage Act 1993 and to make related amendments to the Development Act 1993, the History Trust of South Australia Act 1981 and the Valuation of Land Act 1971.

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 Brokenshire, that the debate be adjourned until Monday 4 April.

 

13      Next day of sitting

Ordered, on motion of the Minister for Transport, that the House at its rising adjourn until Monday 4 April at 2.00 pm.

 

14      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 4.

 

15      Railways (Operations and Access) (Regulator) 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.

         Question put and passed.

 

         Bill read a second time.

         Proceeded, by leave, to the third reading.

 

         Bill read a third time and passed.

 

 

 

16      Postponement of business

Ordered - That Order of the Day: Government Business No 3 be postponed and taken into consideration after Order of the Day: Government Business No 4.

 

17      Public Finance and Audit (Auditor-General’s Powers) 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.

Ordered, on motion of Hon I F Evans, that the debate be further adjourned until Monday 4 April.

 

18      Adjournment

House adjourned at 4.32 pm until Monday 4 April at 2.00 pm.

 

 

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MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

 

            For Wednesday 4 May 2005

 

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

 

Hon I F Evans to move That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Motor Vehicles Act 1959.

 

Hon I F Evans to move That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Native Vegetation Act 1991.

 

 

            For Thursday 5 May 2005

 

Notice of Motion: Other Motions -

 

Mr Williams to move – That this House notes the concerns of the Glenelg River shack owners.

 

Mr Venning to move – That this House condemns the Government for its failure to produce a transport plan for regional South Australia, and in particular its failure to –

(a)       facilitate the standardisation of the South East rail network; and

(b)       have adequate road infrastructure to accommodate the needs of the South East timber industry.

 

Hon D C Brown to move – That this House condemns the Government for the continued under funding of health services in country areas.

 

Mr Meier to move – That this House expresses alarm at the lack of attention being paid to regional infrastructure and support services in rural South Australia since the Government took office.

 

Ms Chapman to move – That this House encourages the Government to support the establishment of a university on an independent site at Mount Gambier forthwith.

 

Mrs Hall to move – That House notes the importance of the tourism industry to the Limestone Coast region, the economic contribution and significant employment opportunities this key industry offers to the future growth and success of the region, and calls on the Government to support increased infrastructure and marketing budgets as a top priority.

 

Mrs Redmond to move – That House notes calls on the Government to immediately address all issues associated with housing shortages in regional areas.

 

Mr Brokenshire to move – That House notes calls on the Government to immediately address the chronic deterioration of road infrastructure in regional South Australia.

 

 

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Present during the day - All Members.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        Peter Lewis

                                                                                                                        SPEAKER

 

David A Bridges

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY