No 52

 

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

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MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2003

 

 

1       Meeting of House

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

 

2       Petitions Nos 72 to 81

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

 

72   Minister for Environment and Conservation (Hon J D Hill), from 1053 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to urge the Government to relocate Castalloy from the North Plympton area to the site a Wingfield selected by government for foundries in the metropolitan area.

 

73   Minister for Environment and Conservation, from 616 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to refrain from passing legislation that would extend shop trading hours.

 

74   Minister for Environment and Conservation, from 121 residents of South Australia, requesting the House urge the Government to provide intensive care facilities at Noarlunga Hospital.

 

75 and 81    Minister for Environment and Conservation, from 16 residents of South Australia and Mr Snelling, from 23 residents of South Australia, requesting the House reconfirm support for its resolution of 17 February 1993 to dedicate space in the House of Assembly Chamber for two tapestries commemorating the centenary of women’s suffrage.

 

76   Minister for Urban Development and Planning (Hon J W Weatherill), from 357 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to protect pensioners and other low income earners from further large increases in electricity prices, council and water rates and motor registration fees.

 

77   Hon R G Kerin (Leader of the Opposition), from 3155 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to urge the Government to reduce the road speed limit from 110 to 80 kph on the section of National Highway One, north of Port Pirie, 500 metres north of Wimpy’s Motel to 500 metres south of Rangeview Caravan Park, known locally as George’s Corner.

 

78   Hon G M Gunn, from 2342 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to recommend to the Government the relocation of the proposed new court house planned to be erected on the vacant block of land on the corner of Commercial Road and Jervois Street, Port Augusta and that the vacant block be converted to a public park.

 

79   Ms Maywald, from 610 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to urge the Government review the Government’s School Bus Policy to determine a fairer and more equitable policy which will provide access to school buses in regional South Australia.

 

80   Ms Bedford, from 27 residents of South Australia, requesting the House to support the passage of legislation to remove provisions from all State legislation that discriminates against people in same sex relationships.

 

3       Answers to questions

Answers to questions on the Notice Paper Nos 12 to 14, 21, 24, 40, 42, 59, 103 to 105, 107, 113, 117, 119, 120 and 121 and questions without notice were tabled by the Speaker.

 

4       Legislative Council Vacancy – Assembly of Members of the Two Houses - Minutes

         The Speaker tabled the Minutes of the Assembly of Members of the Two Houses, held today, for the election of a Member of the Legislative Council to hold the place rendered vacant by the resignation of Hon Michael John Elliott, at which Kathryn Joy Reynolds was elected.

 

5       Papers

         The following Papers were tabled:

 

By the Speaker –

      Public Works Committee – Report on Clare Valley Water Supply Scheme, received and published pursuant to section 17(7) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1991.

 

      Pursuant to Section 131 of the Local Government Act 1999 the following reports of Local Councils:

Adelaide City Council – Annual Report, 2001-2002

Adelaide Hills Council– Annual Report, 2001-2002

Campbelltown City Council – Annual Report, 2001-2002

City of Marion – Annual Report, 2001-2002

City of Mount Gambier – Annual Report, 2001-2002

City of Playford – Annual Report, 2001-2002

City of Port Adelaide Enfield – Annual Report, 2001-2002

City of Port Augusta – Annual Report, 2001-2002

City of Port Lincoln – Annual Report, 2001-2002

City of Salisbury – Annual Report, 2001-2002

City of Unley – Annual Report, 2001-2002

City of Victor Harbor – Annual Report, 2001-2002

Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council – Annual Report, 2001-2002

Corporation of the Town of Walkerville – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Ceduna – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Cobber Pedy – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Copper Coast – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Franklin Harbour – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Karoonda – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Kimba – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Loxton Waikerie – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Mallala  – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Mount Barker – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of South Mallee – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Tumby Bay – Annual Report, 2001-2002

District Council of Yorke Peninsula – Annual Report, 2001-2002

Light Regional Council – Annual Report, 2001-2002

Mid Murray Council – Annual Report, 2001-2002

Naracoote Lucindale Council– Annual Report, 2001-2002

Northern Areas Council – Annual Report, 2001-2002

Town of Gawler – Annual Report, 2001-2002

Wakefield Regional Council – Annual Report, 2001-2002

Wattle Range Council – Annual Report, 2001-2002


 

By the Premier (Hon M D Rann) –

      Public Sector Management Act 1995, Section 69 – Appointment of all Ministers’ Personal Staff

 

By the Treasurer (Hon K O Foley) –

      Electricity Industry Superannuation Scheme – Report 2001-2002

 

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

      South Australian Independent Industry Regulator, The Office of – Report 2001-2002

      Electricity Standing Contract Prices, Inquiry into – Final Report and Determination – October 2002

 

By the Minister for Health (Hon L Stevens) –

      Chiropractors Board of South Australia – Report 2001-2002

      Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science – Report 2001-2002

      Occupational Therapists Registration Board of South Australia – Report 2001-2002

      Public and Environmental Health Council – Report 2001-2002

      South Australian Psychological Board – Report 2001-2002

 

By the Minister for Environment and Conservation –

      Arid Areas Catchment Water Management Board – Report 2001-2002

      Eyre Peninsula Catchment Water Management Board – Report 2001-2002

 

By the Minister for Transport (Hon M J Wright) –

      Highways Act 1926, Section 20(4) – Lease of Properties – Transport SA.

 

6       Questions

Questions without notice were asked.

 

7       Grievance debate

On motion of the Speaker, the House noted grievances.

 

8       Select Committee on Genetically Modified Organisms - Extension of time

Order of the Day read for the Report of the Select Committee on Genetically Modified Organisms to be brought up.

The Minister for Urban Development and Planning moved - That the time for bringing up the Report be extended until 24 March 2003.

Question put and passed.

 

9       Select Committee on the Crown Lands (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill - Extension of time

Order of the Day read for the Report of the Select Committee on the Crown Lands (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill to be brought up.

Mr O’Brien moved - That the time for bringing up the Report be extended until 24 March 2003.

Question put and passed.

 

10      Postponement of business

Ordered - That Orders of the Day: Government Business Nos 3 to 5 be postponed and taken into consideration after Order of the Day: Government Business No 6.

 

11      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.

Ordered, on motion of the Minister for Health, that the debate be further adjourned until tomorrow.


 

12      Adjournment

House adjourned at 6.00 pm until tomorrow at 2.00 pm.

 

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MOTIONS OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

 

            For Wednesday 19 February 2003

 

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

 

Mr Brindal to move – That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Local Government Act 1999.

 

 

            For Thursday 20 February 2003

 

Notices of Motion: Government Business -

 

The Premier to move - That it is the opinion of this House, a Joint Committee be appointed to inquire into and report upon the adoption of a Code of Conduct for all Members of Parliament, and in doing so consider -

(a)     a Code of Conduct for all Members of Parliament, addressing -

(i)         the integrity of Parliament;

(ii)       the primacy of the public interest over the furthering of private interests;

(iii)      disclosure of interest;

(iv)      conflict of interest;

(v)        independence of action (including bribery, gifts and personal benefits, sponsored travel/accommodation, paid advocacy);

(vi)      use of entitlements and public resources;

(vii)     honesty to Parliament and the public;

(viii)   proper relations with Ministers and the public service;

(ix)     confidentiality of information;

(x)       appropriate use of information and inside information;

(xi)     Government contracts; and

(xii)    duties as a Member of Parliament;

(b)       a procedure for enforcement of the Code by Parliament that ensures effective investigation and adjudication of complaints, is impartially administered and protects members who are the subject of an allegation in a similar way to a court or professional disciplinary body;

(c)       an appropriate method by which Parliament should adopt a Code (eg by legislation, resolution, Standing Order or any other method), taking into consideration how best to engender knowledge and understanding of it by the public as well as by Members;

(d)       the relationship between the Code and statutory requirements for disclosure of Members’ financial interests;

(e)       an introductory and continuing ethical and constitutional education programme for Members, having regard to-

(i)         the discussion paper and draft Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament prepared by the Legislative Review Committee in 1996;

(ii)       standards of conduct required of public servants by the Public Sector Management Act 1995;

(iii)      the way other jurisdictions (including the UK and Canada) have developed - codes of conduct and draft codes of conduct for Members of Parliament, enforcement procedures, advisory services for Members, introductory and continuing legal education programmes and informing the public about the code and its enforcement; and

(iv)      written submissions from members of the public and from persons with expertise in the areas under report;

(f)         that a message be sent to the Legislative Council transmitting the foregoing resolution and requesting its concurrence thereto;

(g)       that in the event of a Joint Committee being appointed, that the Legislative Council be represented on the Committee by three Members, of whom two shall form a quorum of Council Members necessary to be present at all sittings of the Committee; and

(h)   that the Committee report by no later than 1 October 2003.

 

Notices of Motion: Other Motions -

 

Mr Hanna to move – That this House requests the Government to prepare and publish a report assessing how entry by the Commonwealth of Australia into a Free Trade Agreement with the United States of America would affect consumers, farmers, industry and culture in South Australia.

 

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Present during the day - All Members.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        Peter Lewis

                                                                                                                        SPEAKER

 

David A Bridges

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY