No 55

 

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

 

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THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2003

 

 

1       Meeting of House

The House met pursuant to adjournment.

 

2       Absence of Speaker

The Clerk informed the House of the absence of the Speaker.

Hon R B Such (Chairman of Committees) took the chair as Deputy Speaker.

 

3       Prayers

The Deputy Speaker read prayers.

 

4       Postponement of business

Ordered - That Notice of Motion: Other Motions No 1 to be postponed until Thursday 27 March 2003.

 

5       Postponement of business

Ordered - That Notice of Motion: Other Motions No 2 to be postponed and taken into consideration on motion.

 

6       Radio Active Waste Storage - Motion re

Hon I F Evans, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House calls upon the Federal Leader of the Opposition to inform the South Australian public where the Federal Labor Party intends to store more than two thousand cubic metres of radio-active waste which was first stored in an old hangar at Woomera in 1994 by the former Labor Government.

Debate ensued.

Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 27 March 2003.

 

7       Country Fire Service- Assistance to Victoria - Motion re

Mr Brokenshire, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House congratulates all Country Fire Service volunteers and staff and other Government agency personnel for their willingness, dedication and professionalism in answering the call for assistance from Victoria during the recent bushfire disasters.

         Debate ensued.

Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 27 March 2003.

 

8       Free Trade Agreement with the USA - Motion re

Mr Hanna, pursuant to notice, moved - 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.

Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 27 March 2003.

 

 

9       Police and Emergency Services Games 2002 - Motion re

Mr Brokenshire, pursuant to notice, moved - That this House congratulates the organising committee and participants of the inaugural Police and Emergency Services Games held last year as part of the lead up to the World Police and Fire Games to be held in Adelaide in 2007.

         Debate ensued.

Ordered, on motion of Mrs Geraghty, that the debate be adjourned until Thursday 27 March 2003.

 

10      Postponement of business

Ordered - That Notice of Motion: Other Motions No 6 to be postponed until Thursday 27 March 2003.

 

11      Postponement of business

Ordered - That Order of the Day: Other Motions No 1 be postponed until Thursday 27 March 2003.

 

12      Suspension and resumption of sitting

         At 12.58 pm the sitting of the House was suspended.

         At 2.00 pm the Speaker resumed the Chair.

 

13      Message from the Governor

The following Message from the Governor was received and read:

 

         Supply Bill - Recommending                                                                  Message No 15

The Governor 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 2003

Government House, 20 February 2003-02-20                       M Jackson-Nelson, GOVERNOR

 

14      Speaker's Statement – Members Access to Parliament

The Speaker made a further statement regarding the privilege of Members’ right of access to the Parliament.

 

15      Answers to questions

Answers to questions without notice were tabled by the Speaker.

 

16      Papers

         The following Papers were tabled:

 

         Minister for Energy (Hon P F Conlon)

               Electricity Reliability – Gas Supply Crisis, January 2003 – Minutes

 

         Minister for Tourism (Hon J D Lomax-Smith)

               Ministerial Statement – Roxby Downs Spill, 19 February 2003.

 

17      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 10 minutes.

Questions without notice resumed.

 

18      Privilege – Matter raised

The Speaker raised as a matter of privilege, alleged actions of the Minister for Education and Children’s Services which may have prevented the Member for Kavel from properly discharging his duties as a Member of Parliament.

The Speaker advised that he would further consider the matter and report to the House.

 

19      Questions

         Questions (interrupted by the foregoing) resumed.

 

20      Privilege – Matter raised

Mr Hon D C Brown raised as a matter of privilege, the possible misleading of the House by the Minister for Health’s in relation to her answer to a question without notice given today.

The Speaker advised that he would consider the matter and report to the House.

 

21      Privilege – Matter raised

The Speaker raised as a matter of privilege, the possible use in court of correspondence between himself and constituents.  He advised that he would seek advice from the Attorney-General and the Solicitor-General and leave the discretion as to how to deal with this matter with the Deputy Speaker in consultation with the Clerk.

 

22      Grievance debate

On motion of the Speaker, the House noted grievances.

 

23      Next day of sitting

Ordered, on motion of the Minister for Government Enterprises (Hon P F Conlon) - That the House at its rising adjourn until Monday 24 March 2003 at 2.00 pm.

 

24      Joint Committee on Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament - Motion re

The Premier (Hon M D Rann), pursuant to notice, moved - That it is the opinion of this House that a Joint Committee be appointed to inquire into and report no later than 1 October 2003,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; and

(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:

and in the event of a Joint Committee being appointed it report no later than 1 October 2003, that the House of Assembly be represented on the Committee by three Members, of whom two shall form a quorum of Assembly Members necessary to be present at all sittings of the Committee; and that a message be sent to the Legislative Council transmitting the foregoing resolution and requesting its concurrence thereto.

 

Ordered, on motion of Hon W A Matthew, that the debate be adjourned until Monday 24 March 2003.

 

25      Postponement of business

Ordered - That Order of the Day: Government Business No 1 be postponed until Monday 24 March 2003.

 

26      Postponement of business

Ordered - That Orders of the Day: Government Business Nos 2 to 16 be postponed and taken into consideration after Order of the Day: Government Business No 17.

 

27      Discharge of Business – Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission Deliberations

Order of the Day: Government Business No 17 read.

Ordered, on motion of the Minister for Government Enterprises – That this Order of the Day be discharged.

 

28      Postponement of business

Ordered - That Orders of the Day: Government Business Nos 2 and 3 be postponed and taken into consideration after Order of the Day: Government Business No 4.

 

29      Electricity (Pricing Order) 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.

 

30      Extension of time for adjournment

Ordered, on motion of the Minister for Government Enterprises - That the time for moving the adjournment of the House be extended beyond 5.00 pm.

 

31      Electricity (Pricing Order) Amendment Bill

Debate (interrupted by the foregoing) resumed.

         Question put and passed.

         Bill read a second time.

 

         Proceeded, by leave, to the third reading.

         Bill read a third time and passed.

 

32      Adjournment

House adjourned at 5.59 pm until Monday 24 March 2003 at 2.00 pm.

 

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MOTION OF WHICH NOTICE WAS GIVEN

 

 

            For Thursday 27 March 2003

 

Notices of Motion: Other Motions

 

Ms Chapman to move – That this House acknowledges with appreciation the 50 years of service by the South Australian Women’s Memorial Playing Fields Trust and in particular, the Bangka Day Memorial Service held on the nearest Sunday to February each year.

 

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Present during the day - All Members.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        Peter Lewis

                                                                                                                        SPEAKER

 

David A Bridges

CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY