No. 47

 

                                                     VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

                                                                      OF THE

 

                                                         HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

                                                                                                                                  ____________

 

 

                                                                         WEDNESDAY 15 MARCH 1995

 

 

 1         Meeting of House

                  The House met pursuant to adjournment.  The Speaker (Hon. G.M. Gunn) took the Chair and read prayers.

 

2         Answer to a question

                  An answer to a question on the Notice Paper No. 181 was tabled by the Speaker.

 

3         Papers

                  The following Papers were tabled:

 

                  By the Minister for Industry, Manufacturing, Small Business and Regional Development (Hon. J.W. Olsen) -

                              Fees Regulation Act - Regulations - Water Sewerage

 

                  By the Minister for Health (Hon. M.H. Armitage) -

                              Public Works Committee - Response to Report on Upgrade of Accident and Emergency Facilities at Flinders Medical Centre

 

                  By the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education (Hon. R.B. Such) -

                              Fees Regulation Act - Regulations - Education.

 

4         Legislative Review Committee - Report

                  Mr Cummins brought up the Twentyfirst Report of the Committee.

                  Report received.

                 

5         Public Works Committee - Report - Patawalonga Dredging Project

                  Mr Ashenden brought up the Report of the Committee relating to the Patawalonga Dredging Project.

                  Report received.

                  Ordered to be printed (Paper No. 198).

 

6         Questions

                  Questions without notice were asked.

                 

7          Grievance debate

                  The Speaker proposed - That the House note grievances.

                  Debate ensued.

                  Question put and passed.


 

8         Waterworks (Rating) Amendment Bill

                  The Minister for Infrastructure (Hon. J.W. Olsen), pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Waterworks Act 1932 and to make consequential amendments to the South Australian Water Corporation Act 1994.

                  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 Atkinson, that the debate be adjourned until tomorrow.

 

9         Statutes Amendment (Correctional Services) Bill

                  The Minister for Correctional Services (Hon. W. A. Matthew), pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Correctional Services Act 1982 and the Statutes Amendment (Truth in Sentencing) Act 1994.

                  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 Atkinson, that the debate be adjourned until tomorrow.

 

10       Postponement of business

                  Ordered - That Orders of the Day: Government Business Nos 1 and 2 be postponed and taken into consideration after Order of the Day: Government Business No.3.

 

11        Retail Shop Leases Bill    

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

                  Debate resumed.

                 

                  Bill read a second time.

                 

                                                                                      In Committee

                                                                                                Clauses Nos 1 and 2 agreed to.

                                                                                                Clause No. 3 read.

                  The Deputy Premier (Hon. S. J. Baker) moved on page 2, lines 16 and 17 to leave out the definition of "Magistrates Court".

                  Question - That the amendment be agreed to -  put.


 

                  Committee divided (No. 1):

 

                                          Ayes, 27.

 

                              Mr Andrew

                              Hon. D.S. Baker

                              Mr Bass

                              Mr Becker

                              Mr Brindal

                              Mr Brokenshire

                              Mr Buckby

                              Mr Caudell

                              Mr Condous

                              Mr Evans

                              Mrs Greig

                              Hon. G.M. Gunn

                              Ms Hall

                              Hon. G.A. Ingerson

                              Mr Kerin

                              Mr Lewis

                              Hon. W.A. Matthew

                              Mr Meier

                              Hon. J.W. Olsen

                              Hon. J.K.G. Oswald

                              Mrs Penfold

                              Mrs Rosenberg

                              Mr Rossi

                              Hon. R.B. Such

                              Mr Venning

                              Hon. D.C. Wotton

                              Hon. S.J. Baker (Teller)

                              Noes, 6.

 

Mr Atkinson

Hon. F.T. Blevins

Mrs Geraghty

Ms Stevens

Ms White

Ms Hurley (Teller)

 

 

 

                  So it was resolved in the affirmative.

                                                                                                Clause No. 3 further amended and agreed to.

                                                                                                Clause No. 4 read.

The Deputy Premier moved on page 4, lines 1 and 2 to leave out paragraph (a) and insert in lieu thereof the following paragraph:

(a)           the rent payable under the lease exceeds $200 000 per annum or, if a greater amount is prescribed by regulation, that other amount ; or.

Question -  That the amendment be agreed to -  put.


 

Committee divided (No. 2):

 

                                          Ayes, 25.

 

                              Mr Andrew

                              Mr Ashenden

                              Hon. D.S. Baker

                              Mr Becker

                              Mr Brokenshire

                              Mr Buckby

                              Mr Caudell

                              Mr Evans

                              Mrs Greig

                              Hon. G.M. Gunn

                              Ms Hall

                              Hon. G.A. Ingerson

                              Mr Kerin

                              Mr Lewis

                              Hon. W.A. Matthew

                              Mr Meier

                              Hon. J.W. Olsen

                              Hon. J.K.G. Oswald

                              Mrs Penfold

                              Mrs Rosenberg

                              Mr Rossi

                              Hon. R.B. Such

                              Mr Venning

                              Hon. D.C. Wotton

                              Hon. S.J. Baker (Teller)

                              Noes, 9.

 

Mr Bass

Hon. F.T. Blevins

Mr De Laine

Mrs Geraghty

Ms Hurley

Mr Quirke

Ms Stevens

Ms White

Mr Atkinson (Teller)

 

 

 

                  So it was resolved in the affirmative.

                                                                                               

                  To report progress and ask leave to sit again.

 

                                                                                                                                  ____________

 

                  The House having resumed:

                  Hon. H. Allison 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 motion.

 

12       Extension of sitting

                  The Deputy Premier moved - That the time for moving the adjournment of the House be extended beyond 10.00 p.m.

                  Question put and passed.

 

13       Retail Shop Leases Bill                                                                                                                            

                  Ordered - That the further consideration in Committee of this Bill be now resumed.

 

                                                                                      In Committee

                                                                                                  Clause No. 4 further considered, amended and agreed to.

                                                                                                  Clauses Nos 5 to 10 agreed to.

                                                                                                  Clause No. 11 left out.

                                                                                                  Clauses Nos 12 to 17 agreed to.

                                                                                                  Clauses Nos 18 and 19 amended and agreed to.

                                                                                                  Clause No. 20 agreed to.

                                                                                                  Clause No. 21 amended and agreed to.

                                                                                                  Clauses Nos 22 to 24 agreed to.

                                                                                                  Clause No. 25 read.

The Deputy Premier moved on page 14, lines 33 to 36 to leave out subclause (5).

Question -  That the amendment be agreed to -  put.

                 

Committee divided (No. 3):

 

                                          Ayes, 30.

 

                              Mr Andrew

                              Hon. M.H. Armitage

                              Mr Ashenden

                              Hon. D.S. Baker

                              Mr Bass

                              Mr Becker

                              Mr Brindal

                              Mr Brokenshire

                              Mr Buckby

                              Mr Caudell

                              Mr Condous

                              Mr Evans

                              Mrs Greig

                              Hon. G.M. Gunn

                              Ms Hall

                              Hon. G.A. Ingerson

                              Mr Kerin

                              Mr Leggett

                              Mr Lewis

                              Hon. W.A. Matthew

                              Mr Meier

                              Hon. J.W. Olsen

                              Hon. J.K.G. Oswald

                              Mrs Penfold

                              Mrs Rosenberg

                              Mr Rossi

                              Hon. R.B. Such

                              Mr Venning

                              Hon. D.C. Wotton

                              Hon. S.J. Baker (Teller)

                              Noes, 9.

 

Hon. F.T. Blevins

Mr De Laine

Mrs Geraghty

Ms Hurley

Mr Quirke

Hon. M.D. Rann

Ms Stevens

Ms White

Mr Atkinson (Teller)

 

 

 

                  So it was resolved in the affirmative.

                                                                                                Clause No. 25 further amended and agreed to.

                                                                                                Clauses Nos 26 to 30 agreed to.

                                                                                                New Clause No. 31inserted.

                                                                                                Clauses Nos 32 to 37 agreed to.

                                                                                                Clause No. 38 left out.

                                                                                                Clauses Nos 39 and 40 agreed to.

                                                                                                Clause No. 41 amended and agreed to.

                                                                                                Clause No. 42 left out.

                                                                                                Clauses Nos 43 to 49 agreed to.

                                                                                                Clause No. 50 read.

                  The Deputy Premier moved on page 25, lines 30 to 37 and page 26, lines 1 and 2 to leave out subclauses (2) and (3).

                  Question - That the amendment be agreed to -  put.


 

                  Committee divided (No. 4):

 

                                          Ayes, 27.

 

                              Mr Andrew

                              Hon. M.H. Armitage

                              Mr Ashenden

                              Hon. D.S. Baker

                              Mr Becker

                              Mr Brindal

                              Mr Brokenshire

                              Mr Buckby

                              Mr Caudell

                              Mr Evans

                              Mrs Greig

                              Hon. G.M. Gunn

                              Ms Hall

                              Hon. G.A. Ingerson

                              Mr Kerin

                              Mr Leggett

                              Mr Lewis

                              Hon. W.A. Matthew

                              Mr Meier

                              Hon. J.W. Olsen

                              Mrs Penfold

                              Mr Rossi

                              Mr Scalzi

                              Hon. R.B. Such

                              Mr Venning

                              Hon. D.C. Wotton

                              Hon. S.J. Baker (Teller)

                              Noes, 11.

 

Mr Bass

Hon. F.T. Blevins

Mr De Laine

Mrs Geraghty

Ms Hurley

Mr Quirke

Hon. M.D. Rann

Mrs Rosenberg

Ms Stevens

Ms White

Mr Atkinson (Teller)

 

 

 

                  So it was resolved in the affirmative.

                 

                  To report progress and ask leave to sit again.

 

                                                                                                                                  ____________

 

                  The House having resumed:

                  Hon. H. Allison 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 motion.

 

14       Suspension of Standing Orders

                  The Deputy Premier, without notice, moved - That Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable to House to sit beyond midnight.

                  Question put and passed, without a negative voice, there being present an absolute majority of the whole number of Members of the House.

 

15        Retail Shop Leases Bill

                  Ordered - That consideration in Committee of this Bill be now resumed.

 

                                                                                      In Committee                                           

                                                                                              Clause No. 50 as amended further considered and agreed to.

                                                                                              Clauses Nos 51 to 59 agreed to.

                                                                                              New clause No. 59A inserted.

                                                                                              Clauses Nos 60 to 66 agreed to.

                                                                                              Clauses Nos 67 to 71 amended and agreed to.

                                                                                              Clause No. 72 agreed to.

                                                                                              Clause No. 73 amended and greed to.

                                                                                              Clause No. 74 agreed to.

                                                                                              Clauses Nos 75 to 79 left out.

                                                                                              Clauses Nos 80 to 82 amended and agreed to.

                                                                                              Clauses Nos 83 to 84 agreed to.

                                                                                              Clause No. 85 amended and agreed to.

                                                                                              Clause No. 86 left out.

                                                                                              Schedule agreed to.

                                                                                              Title amended and agreed to.

 

                                                                                                                                  ____________

 

                  The House having resumed:

                  Hon. H. Allison reported that the Committee had further considered the Bill referred to it and had agreed to the same with amendments and had amended the title.

 

                  Bill read a third time and passed.

 

16       Messages from the Legislative Council

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

 

            Gaming Supervisory Authority Bill                                                                                                                  Message No. 91

                  MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, titled an Act to establish the Gaming Supervisory Authority and to provide for its powers and functions; and for other purposes, with the amendment indicated by the annexed Schedule, to which amendment the Legislative Council desires the concurrence of the House of Assembly.

                  Legislative Council, 15 March 1995                                                                                  H.P.K. Dunn, PRESIDENT

 

                                                                     Schedule of the amendment made by the Legislative Council

 

                  Page 2 (clause 5) - After line 2 insert new subclause as follows:-

                              "(1a) At least one member must be a woman and one a man."

 

                                                                                                                                             J.M. Davis  CLERK OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

 

                  Ordered - That the amendments be taken into consideration today.

 

            Statutes Amendment (Gaming Supervision) Bill                                                                         Message No. 92

                  MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, titled an Act to amend the Casino Act 1983, the Gaming Machines Act 1992 and the Liquor Licensing Act 1985, without any amendment.

                  Legislative Council, 15 March 1995                                                                                                          H.P.K. Dunn, PRESIDENT

 

            Dog and Cat Management Bill                                                                                                                                 Message No. 93

                  MR SPEAKER - The Legislative Council has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, titled an Act to provide for the management of dogs and cats; to repeal the Dog Control Act 1979; to make a consequential amendment to the Local Government Act 1934; and for other purposes, with the amendments indicated by the annexed Schedule, to which amendments the Legislative Council desires the concurrence of the House of Assembly.

                  Legislative Council, 15 March 1995                                                                                                          H.P.K. Dunn, PRESIDENT

 

                                                                    Schedule of the amendments made by the Legislative Council

                  No. 1             Page 1 - After line 16 insert new clause as follows:-

                            2A. “Objects  The objects of this Act are -

                                          (a)     to encourage responsible dog and cat ownership;

                                          (b)     to reduce public and environmental nuisance caused by dogs and cats;

                                          (c)     to promote the effective management of dogs and cats (including through encouragement of the desexing of dogs and cats).”

                  No. 2            Page 5, line 23 (clause 11) - Leave out “6” and insert “7”.

                  No. 3            Page 5, line 24 (clause 11) - Leave out “five” and insert “six”.

                  No. 4            Page 5, line 29 (clause 11) - Leave out paragraph (b)  and insert new paragraph as follows:-

                                          “(b)   three persons -

                                                                   (i)     who together have the following attributes:

                                                                              (A)     veterinary experience in the care and treatment of dogs or cats;

                                                                              (B)     a demonstrated interest in the welfare of dogs or cats;

                                                                              (C)     a demonstrated interest in the keeping and management of dogs or cats; and

                                                                                          (ii)    who have been selected from a panel of persons nominated, in accordance with the directions of the Minister, by associations or bodies that, in the opinion of the Minister, have a relevant interest.”

                  No. 5            Page 5, lines 30 to 33 (clause 11) - Leave out subclause (3).

                  No. 6            Page 6 (clause 11) - After line 3 insert new subclause as follows:-

                                          “(4a)           At least one member of the Board must be a woman and one a man.”

                  No. 7             Page 6, line 4 (clause 11) - Leave out “(who must not be the member nominated by the Minister)” and insert “(who must be one of the members representing the LGA)”.

                  No. 8            Page 9 (clause 20) - After line 12 insert new paragraph as follows:-

                                          “(ba)           to inquire into and consider all proposed by-laws referred to it under this Act, with a view to promoting the effective management of dogs and cats,  and, to the extent that the Board considers it appropriate, the consistent application of by-laws throughout South Australia;”.

                  No. 9            Page 32, lines 9 to 17 (clause 65) - Leave out the clause and insert new clause as follows:-

                            65. “Liability for dogs1 (1)  The keeper of a dog is liable in tort for injury, damage or loss caused by the dog.

                                          (2)     It is not necessary for the plaintiff to establish -

                                                      (a)     negligence; or

                                                      (b)     knowledge of the dog’s vicious, dangerous or mischievous propensity.

                                          (3)     However, the keeper’s liability is subject to the following qualifications:

                                                      (a)     if the injury, damage or loss results from provocation of the dog by a person other than the keeper, the keeper’s liability (if any) will be decided according to the Wrongs Act 1936  principles;

                                                      (b)     if the injury, damage or loss results from an attack on the dog by an animal for the control of which the keeper is not responsible, the keeper’s liability (if any) will be decided according to the Wrongs Act 1936  principles;

                                                      (c)     if the injury, damage or loss is caused to a trespasser on land on which the dog is kept, the keeper’s liability (if any) will be decided according to the Wrongs Act 1936  principles;

                                                      (d)     if the injury, damage or loss is caused while the dog is being used in the reasonable defence of a person or property, the keeper’s liability (if any) will be determined according to the Wrongs Act 1936  principles;

                                                      (e)     if the injury, damage or loss is caused while the dog is in the possession or control of a person without the keeper’s consent, the keeper’s liability (if any) will be determined according to the Wrongs Act 1936  principles;

                                                      (f)      the keeper’s liability (if any) is subject to any other defence available under the law of tort.

                                          (4)     If the plaintiff’s negligence contributed to the injury, damage or loss, the damages will be reduced to the extent the court thinks just and equitable having regard to the plaintiff’s share in responsibility for injury, damage or loss.2

                                          (5)     In this section -

                                         


                                                      keeper” of a dog means the owner of the dog, or if the owner is under 18 years of age, the child’s parents or guardians, and includes a person into whose possession the dog has been delivered;

                                                      “provocation” means -

                                                      (a)     teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog;

                                                      (b)     any act of cruelty towards the dog;

                                                      (c)     attacking the owner of the dog, or a person towards whom the dog could reasonably be expected to be protective, in front of the dog.

                                                                                    1.At common law, the keeper of an animal was strictly liable for injury caused by the animal if the animal was  ferae naturae  (i.e. an undomesticated animal).  If the animal was mansuetae naturae  (i.e. a domestic animal), liability was dependent on proof of scienter  (i.e. knowledge of the animal’s dangerous or mischievous propensity).  These rules were abolished by Part 1A of the Wrongs Act 1936  which provides that negligence is the basis of liability.  This section, however, qualifies the Wrongs Act 1936  principles by imposing strict liability in relation to dogs subject, however, to statutory qualifications.

                                                                                    2.Compare Wrongs Act 1936,  s.27A(4).”

                  No. 10         Page 39, lines 1 to 4 (clause 89) - Leave out subclause (2) and insert new subclauses as follow:-

                                          “(2)   Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the by-laws may -

                                                                  (a)     limit the number of dogs or cats that may be kept on any premises;

                                                                  (b)     fix periods during which dogs or cats must be effectively confined to premises occupied by a person who is responsible for the control or entitled to the possession of the dog or cat;

                                                                  (c)     require dogs or cats to be identified in a specified manner or in specified circumstances;

                                                                  (d)     require dogs or cats to be effectively controlled, secured or confined in a specified manner or in specified circumstances;

                                                                  (e)     make provision for a registration scheme for cats (including payment of a fee for registration) and encourage the desexing of cats;

                                                                  (f)      exempt (conditionally or unconditionally) classes of persons or activities from the application of the by-laws or specified provisions of the by-laws.

                                          (2a) By-laws under this Act -

                                                                  (a)     may be of general application or limited application;

                                                                  (b)     may make different provision according to the matters or circumstances to which they are expressed to apply;

                                                                  (c)     may provide that a matter or thing in respect of which by-laws may be made is to be determined according to the discretion of the council.”

                  No. 11          Page 39, line 5 (clause 89) - Leave out “such a by-law” and insert “a by-law limiting the number of dogs or cats that may be kept on premises”.

                  No. 12         Page 39, line 6 (clause 89) - After “prevent dogs” insert “or cats”.

                  No. 13         Page 39, line 7 (clause 89) - Leave out “at the kennel”.

                  No. 14         Page 39, line 8 (clause 89) - After “section” insert “subject to the following modifications:

                                          (a)     a council must, at least 42 days before resolving to make the by-law (and consequently at least 21 days before public notice of the proposed by-law is given) refer the proposed by-law to the Board; and

                                          (b)     at the same time the council must provide a report to  the Board -

                                                       (i)     outlining the objects of the proposed by-law; and

                                                       (ii)   setting out how it is proposed to implement or enforce the proposed by-law; and

                                                      (iii)  explaining the reasons for any difference in the proposed by-law from other by-laws about a similar subject matter applying or proposed to apply in other council areas; and


                                          (c)     the council must consider any recommendations of the Board relating to the by-law.”

                                                                                                                                                J.M. Davis, CLERK OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

 

                   Ordered - That the amendments be taken into consideration today.

 

17        Adjournment

                  House adjourned at 12.36 a.m. until today at 10.30 a.m.

 

                                                                                                                                  ____________

 

 

                                                                  MOTION WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

 

For Thursday 16 March 1995 

            Notices of Motion: Private Members Bills/Committees/Regulations-

 

Mr Ashenden to move - That the Report of the Public Works Committee on the Patawalonga Dredging Project be noted.

 

                                                                                                                                  ____________

 

 

                  Present during the day - All the Members except Mr Clarke and Mr Foley.

 

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

 

                  Division No. 1 -

                              Ayes - Hon. M.H. Armitage, Mr Ashenden, Hon. D.C. Brown and  Mr Leggett

                              Noes - Mr Clarke, Mr De Laine, Mr Foley, Hon. M.D. Rann.

 

                  Division No. 2 -

                              Ayes -  Hon. M.H. Armitage, Hon. D.C. Brown and  Mr Leggett.

                              Noes -  Mr Clarke, Mr Foley, Hon. M.D. Rann.

 

 

                  Division No. 3 -

                              Ayes - Hon. D.C. Brown and Mrs Kotz.

                              Noes - Mr Clarke, Mr Foley.

 

                  Division No. 4 -

                              Ayes - Hon. D.C. Brown and Mrs Kotz.

                              Noes - Mr Clarke, Mr Foley.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        G.M. Gunn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SPEAKER

 

G.D. Mitchell

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY