[SOUTH AUSTRALIA]

No. 1

 

 

MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

 

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

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FIRST SESSION OF THE FORTY-NINTH PARLIAMENT

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TUESDAY 2 DECEMBER 1997

 

 

 

    1.

Council met pursuant to Proclamation published in the Government Gazette of 30 October 1997.

                 At eleven o’clock in the forenoon, the Clerk of the Legislative Council read the Proclamation, as under:

 

Proclamation By The Governor

 

                 (L.S.)   E. J. Neal

 

PURSUANT  to the Constitution Act 1934 and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, I:

 

(a)     fix 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 2 December 1997, as the time for holding the first session of the Forty-Ninth Parliament.

(b)     declare that the place for holding the Parliament will be the building known as Parliament House, at North Terrace, Adelaide.

(c)     extend the period of prorogation of the Parliament of South Australia until the time fixed in paragraph (a).

(d)     summon the Parliament to meet for the dispatch of business at the time and place stated above and require all honourable members of the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly and all officers of the Parliament to give their due attendance accordingly.

 

Given under my hand and the Public Seal of South Australia, at Adelaide, 30 October 1997.

                                                                                                             By command,

                                                                                                                             D. C. Kotz, for Premier.

 

Meeting of

Council.

  2.

The Commissioners appointed by the Governor to open the present Session of Parliament (the Hon. John Jeremy Doyle, Chief Justice and the Hon. Roderick Grant Matheson, a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia) were announced by Black Rod and conducted to the chairs on the dais.

                 The Senior Commissioner produced and handed to the Clerk, Commissions from His Excellency the Governor to do all things necessary in relation to the opening of the Parliament.

                 The Senior Commissioner then desired Black Rod to request the attendance of the Members of the House of Assembly to hear the Commissions to open the present Session of Parliament read:

                 Who, being come:

                 The Senior Commissioner desired the Clerk to read the Commissions, which were read as follow:

The

Commissioners.

 

 

                 South Australia                           (

                         to wit                             (   His Excellency the Governor of the State of South Australia

                 (L.S.)   E. J. Neal                                (

 

        To The Honourable John Jeremy Doyle, Chief Justice of the State of South Australia,

        The Honourable Roderick Grant Matheson, a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia.

 

        Greetings:

                 I, the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, appoint you to be Commissioners to do all things necessary to be performed by me, in the name and on the part of Her Majesty the Queen, or in my name or on my part as Governor, in relation to the opening and holding of the first session of the forty-ninth Parliament of South Australia.

                 Given under my hand and the public seal of South Australia, at Adelaide, this 1st day of December, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-seven.

                                                                                                             By command,

                                                                                                                             G. A. Ingerson for Premier.

 

 

 

                 The Senior Commissioner then said -

                 Honourable Members of the Legislative Council and Members of the House of Assembly:

                 We have it in command from His Excellency the Governor to let you know that he will in person, in this place, declare the reasons for his calling the Parliament together so soon as the New Members of the Legislative Council and the Members of the House of Assembly have been sworn and the two Houses have respectively notified to him that they have elected their President and Speaker.

                 The Senior Commissioner appointed to swear Members of the House of Assembly (the Hon. John Jeremy Doyle, Chief Justice) retired.

 

 

  3.

The Commissioner then produced a Commission from His Excellency the Governor appointing the Hon. Roderick Grant Matheson to be a Commissioner for administering to any Member of the Legislative Council the Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, or for receiving an Affirmation in lieu thereof.

                 Commission read by the Clerk as follows:

Commission

to Swear.

 

 

 

                 South Australia                           (

                         to wit                             (   His Excellency the Governor of the State of South Australia

                 (L.S.)   E. J. Neal                               (

 

        To The Honourable Roderick Grant Matheson, a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia.

 

        Greetings:

                 Pursuant to the Constitution Act, 1934, I, the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, do hereby authorise you to administer to members of Parliament of the State who are members of the Legislative Council the oath hereunder set out, or to receive from all or any of such members an affirmation in lieu of that oath.

                 I,                                                           , do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty, QUEEN ELIZABETH the SECOND, Her Heirs and Successors according to law.  So help me God!

                 Given under my hand and the public seal of South Australia, at Adelaide, this 1st day of December, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-seven.

                                                                                                             By command,

                                                                                                                             G. A. Ingerson for Premier.

 

 

  4.

The Clerk produced a Writ for the election of eleven Members to serve in the Legislative Council, with the Returns duly endorsed thereon, by which it appeared that the following persons had been elected to fill the vacancies in the Legislative Council pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution Act 1934, that is to say - Terry Gordon Cameron, John Samuel Letts Dawkins, Michael John Elliott, Ian Gilfillan, Diana Vivienne Laidlaw, Robert Ivan Lucas, Ronald Roy Roberts, Julian Ferdinand Stefani, George Weatherill, Nicholas Xenophon and Carmelina Zollo.

Writs and

Returns.

 

 

                 The Oath of Allegiance was then administered to, and subscribed by, all the abovementioned Members with the exception of the Hons. T. G. Cameron and M. J. Elliott, both of whom made and subscribed an Affirmation of Allegiance in lieu of the said Oath, as provided by section 13 of the Oaths Act 1936.

                 The said Members then signed the Roll pursuant to Standing Order No. 28.

                 The Commissioner then retired from the Chamber.

 

New Members

Sworn.

 

  5.

The Treasurer (The Hon. R. I. Lucas), reminded the Council that the time had come to proceed to the election of a President and addressing himself to the Clerk moved - That the Hon. J. C. Irwin be President of the Council, which motion was seconded by the Hon. C. A. Pickles.

                 The Hon. J. C. Irwin submitted himself to the Council.

                 And no other Member being proposed, the President-Elect was called upon by the Council and was conducted to the Chair by the Treasurer and the Leader of the Opposition, and received and acknowledged the congratulations of the Council.

 

Election of

President.

 

  6.

Ordered - That the sitting of the Council be suspended to enable the Council to proceed to Government House to present the President to His Excellency the Governor.

 

Suspension

of Sitting.

  7.

At two minutes to twelve o’clock, the President resumed the Chair and reported that the Council had proceeded to Government House, had there presented him to the Governor, and that he had claimed for the Council the right of free access to and communication with His Excellency and that the most favourable construction might be placed upon the proceedings of the Council.

                 Whereupon His Excellency had been pleased to make the following reply -

        To:  The Honourable the President of the Legislative Council.

                 I congratulate the Honourable Members of the Legislative Council on their choice of President.

                 I readily assure you, Mr. President, of my confirmation of all the Constitutional rights and privileges of the Legislative Council, the proceedings of which will always receive my most favourable consideration.

E. J. NEAL, Governor of South Australia

 

Resumption

of Sitting.

  8.

At twelve o’clock, the sitting of the Council was suspended until fifteen minutes past two o’clock.

                 At fifteen minutes past two o’clock, the President resumed the Chair.

 

Suspension

and

Resumption

of Sitting.

 

  9.

The Governor (The Honourable Sir Eric Neal, A.C., C.V.O.) having been announced by Black Rod, was received by the President at the Bar of the Council Chamber and by him conducted to the Chair.

                 His Excellency, having requested that Members take their seats, commanded Black Rod to let Members of the House of Assembly know he desired their attendance in the Legislative Council Chamber forthwith:

                 Who, being come with their Speaker:

                 His Excellency having requested the Members of the House of Assembly to be seated, was pleased to address both Houses, as follows:

 

        Honourable Members of the Legislative Council and Members of the House of Assembly

                 I have called you together for the dispatch of business.  That is - the Rebuilding of South Australia.

                 During this term of Government and starting with this session of Parliament, my Government proposes to introduce a number of measures to increase the speed of this State’s rebuilding program.

                 My Government is committed to economic recovery, to rejuvenation for South Australia.  It is a recovery and growth program that must, and will, be achieved hand in hand with the compassion of social responsibility.  Its commitments are clear.  Its program is financially and socially sustainable.  The targets that were set in December 1993 are on track, and remain fundamental priorities.

                 For my Government in its second term, it is now a question of balance.  It is committed to moving forward with bold measures for this State and its people.

                 Yet, all policy decisions must still be taken with a weather eye on the State’s debt.  The State’s debt reduction strategy will continue with equal vigour to that pursued in the past four years, as will an emphasis on job creation, particularly for our young people.  Attracting new investment into South Australia is also a strategy to be tackled with vigour and being able to listen to and act on the unique problems of South Australia’s regional and rural communities is high on my Government’s agenda.

Governor’s

Speech.

 

                 My Government’s commitment for our future is:

·       to create an economic climate in this State which encourages and therefore delivers employment growth throughout the State;

·       to deliver a secure business climate conducive to expansion;

·       to nurture an enviable quality of life for everyone who chooses to live in this State;

·       to engender trust in the political process by ensuring a productive level of debate within Parliament and to indicate, by example, that Governments are accountable to the people;

·       to show South Australians that public service means exactly that - through restructuring of the public sector so that cost effective, quality service delivery to the people of this State is its first priority;

·       to promote tolerance and understanding within South Australia at a time in our nation’s history when we appear to be most vulnerable to intolerance and lack of understanding;

·       to continue to make decisions in the best interests of the long term future of this State and its people;

·       accepting that minority groups will be listened to but must not be allowed to control the State’s agenda; and that Government decisions are made to ensure the best possible outcome to benefit future generations as well as ourselves;

        and, importantly,

·       to show all South Australians that by its determined goal of a better South Australia, it has listened to and acted upon the message of October 11.

         My Government is committed to being focused on the job that South Australians elected it to do.  It is already in the process of implementing many new initiatives.  Already the comprehensive restructure and amalgamations within the State’s public service have begun. Already work has begun to ensure that this State rejuvenates its public sector by employing more young people under the age of  24 than any other State in percentage terms.  Already companies tendering for Government work must be able to show the existence of long term training programs for young people, if they are to be considered.  Already small businesses are being contacted and encouraged to employ and train one young person for at least two years, supported by a Government jobs program announced before the recent election.  Already plans are moving ahead for the establishment of an Asian language and culture centre in Adelaide. And our new Asia-Pacific Agent General has been appointed and is at work.

         Initiatives with speed is the creed of my Government.  One of the first pieces of legislation to be introduced this session will be a Bill to implement the changes to the composition of the Ministry which were announced by the Premier in October 1997.  The new Ministry is to consist of ten Cabinet Ministers and five Ministers to assist.  The changes have been partially implemented by the appointment of ten Cabinet Ministers.  Once the necessary legislation is enacted, five Ministers, who will not be members of Cabinet, will be appointed.
A Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier will also be appointed.

         These changes to the Ministerial structure are bold and innovative.  They are intended to create opportunities for better whole of Government integration and a more effective and unified service delivery at no extra cost to the taxpayer.

         My Government has made clear it is intent on taking South Australia into the new millennium as a productive State able to hold its own in the global economy.

         As the new millennium approaches, my Government recognises that South Australia is a State in transition, from a rural and manufacturing State to a State with a growing emphasis on valued added production from both its major sectors.  This is particularly evident in the primary industry sector, which is fast evolving from an exporter of raw materials into a burgeoning food and beverage producer able to supply into the massive markets of Asia.

         South Australia is also becoming a State with a fast expanding resource sector - a key to the State’s future financial security.  There is the expansion of Olympic Dam, the potential of the Gawler Craton, and plans underway to open up the vast mineral wealth in our North.

         South Australia now also has an emphasis on tourism for economic growth and my Government has moved with speed to ensure that across all portfolio areas tourism is treated as a key sector.  This can be seen by the Glenelg and West Beach foreshore developments for which legislation is to be introduced this week; by the extensions to Wilpena, by the Barossa tourism transport plan; by the upgrading of tourism access roads, signposting programs and new information centres.

         All these factors which are to affect our State in the next few years, combine to set the policy and legislative agenda of my Government in its second term.

 

 

 

THE STATE FINANCES

         Everything that needs to be accomplished in South Australia, and can be accomplished, is predicated on the finances of the State.  It is predicated on achieving a balance between spending to stimulate the economy and critical debt reduction, to reduce South Australia’s still massive interest payments on its debt and to facilitate a return to this State’s triple A credit rating - a vital outcome to ensure business confidence.

         My Government has achieved a substantial transformation of the State’s finances in the past four budgets.  In 1994, the Commission of Audit identified the underlying deficit in the non commercial sector at about $350 million.  In 1996/7 that deficit was $57 million. The 1997/8 budget continues that improvement with an estimated small underlying surplus of $1 million.

         Asset sales across Government achieved sales of approximately $2.1 billion in just over three years.  Not only were the prices achieved higher than valuation in virtually all cases, but the sales have also generated new employment opportunities and brought new investment into the State, and created new competition.

         My Government will now introduce legislation to deal with a number of taxation issues.  The first stage of these measures will be the implementation of initiatives announced before the recent election.

         The current stamp duty on cheques drawn on interstate accounts will be removed with effect from the first of January 1998.  This measure recognises the fact that we are a proud export state and business should not be disadvantaged in this area.  The exemption of stamp duty on the refinancing of mortgages by primary producers will be re-instated to enable them to obtain a more competitive deal from the banks and exemptions from stamp duty will also be available for people living in rural areas where they are forced by the closure of their local financial institution to move their accounts and loans to another financial institution still operating in their town.  These two measures recognise that the restructuring of the banks has been damaging to the residents and to the economies of small country towns in South Australia.

         In addition to these benefits, my Government will be introducing legislation to close off tax avoidance opportunities in relation to the use of trusts to minimise obligations to pay stamp duty and land tax.

         Legislation will also be introduced to eliminate avoidance mechanisms involving financial institutions duty and short term dealings.  Any further avoidance schemes which become apparent during the life of the Parliament will also be dealt with in a similar fashion.  These measures are to ensure that everyone pays their fair share of the taxation burden.

         Following the High Court decision earlier this year, which cast doubt on certain revenue raising measures, legislation will be introduced to repeal the ad valorem licence fee components payable under the Liquor Licensing Act, the Petroleum Products Regulation Act and the Tobacco Products Regulation Act.

         Legislation will also be introduced to facilitate the subsidy scheme for petroleum and diesel fuel which the States have implemented following the increase in the Commonwealth excise charges for petrol and tobacco products.

         This session of Parliament is where my Government clamps down on the spread of gaming machines with legislation to be introduced to specifically exclude new gaming machine venues from shopping centres.

 

 

 

EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING

         My Government has drawn together all those areas of responsibility.  This has been done  so that nurturing and encouraging a small child in kindergarten, looking after that child through a relevant education, and then either into tertiary education or the workforce, is taken care of under one umbrella area of Government.  This recognises that ensuring the next generation has the skills and the capacity to contribute to society, to be well rounded members of a fast changing workforce, is one of my Government’s most vital responsibilities and must be done extremely well.

         Early learning difficulties must be noticed and assisted.  Curriculum must be relevant to the pace of change in the world.  Supporting school leavers into employment is critical.

         My Government will focus on generating new employment opportunities through its economic development and industry policies such as the $30 million, three year Youth Employment Package.  This package is directed at promoting vocational education and training in secondary schools; at assisting employers to cover some of the costs in employing a young person; and at providing specific labor market programs which directly link young people to employment.

 

 

         There is a commitment to excellence in our schools.  The early years strategy will continue to have top priority, with funding of at least $32 million over the next four years.  There will also be mandatory baseline assessment by teachers of all children in their first year at school and my Government will work with other State Governments to develop national benchmark standards for literacy and numeracy at year three and year five.  The basic skills tests will be maintained for all year three and five students.

         In addition, during the first three years of school, a minimum contact time of 70 to 90 minutes a day will be spent on literacy development.  A particular emphasis on reading and writing will be required.

         Spending will increase for students with disabilities and severe learning difficulties to $9.25 million in 1998.  This will provide more special education teachers and extra school services officer hours. 

         The $75 million five-year Tech2001 strategy will continue to be funded through to the year 2000/2001 budget and the computer subsidy program which provides higher levels of subsidy for schools from poorer communities will also continue.  In addition, a $10 million computer-plus package, which involves $5 million in cash grants to schools, is to be provided.

         There is an additional $1.5 million a year to implement a 10 year plan for languages education and a three year Aboriginal education strategy will improve learning outcomes for Aboriginal students.

         School closures and amalgamations will be minimal and closures will be considered only after a compulsory process of public consultation, as has been the case in the first term of my Government.

         With education as a high priority, significant capital works projects are to be undertaken. $6 million is being spent on initial work at the Education Development Centre Project at Hindmarsh.  Christies Beach High School is to be amalgamated on one site.  A new primary school is to open at Gawler North.  Croydon High School and Norwood/Morialta High School are to be redeveloped.  There is to be a new $5 million TAFE centre at Kadina and $26 million Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Light Square.

         Pre-schools are important too.  There is to be a 33 per cent increase to the fixed grant to pre-school management committees to assist in the cost of programs.

         Through this range of initiatives, my Government aims that South Australian children should, every one, and equally, have the opportunity to reach their education and employment potential.

 

 

 

HUMAN SERVICES

         My Government is committed to better health, housing and community services to help those with the greatest needs in our community.  This approach will be a people-centred one that will ensure the provision of quality care is a priority.

         The health and well-being of the community is high on my Government’s agenda.  As an example, arrangements are currently underway to offer free influenza vaccinations to pensioners over the age of 70 to minimise the impact of this debilitating condition on the elderly.

         The focus will also be on improved personal health care.  In 1997/8 my Government provided an additional $45.5 million for health, and an additional $77 million of State funds are provided, compared to 1993/94.  Major new building projects include significant redevelopment of the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth and Daw Park Repatriation General Hospitals.  New facilities are being built at Roxby Downs and Port Augusta.

         There will also be an emphasis on the use of information technology to support and enhance health service delivery.

         Research conducted by my Government’s Human Service’s Office for Families and Children continues to show we have amongst the highest quality of life in Australia for families.  This research examined factors such as affordability, the environment, low crime rates and education.  This is important because it reflects a strong sense of community even in the most difficult times.

         To care for older people in our community, my Government made a commitment when it launched “Ageing - A ten year plan for South Australia” in April, 1996.  In addition my Government has joined with other States and the Commonwealth to pursue a national strategy for the Ageing.  That strategy is in draft form at this point and will create a focus for the United Nations’ International Year of Older People in 1999.

 

 

         In the area of disability services, my Government appointed the State’s first Minister for Disability Services in 1996.  It has provided $16.8 million in additional services for people with disabilities.  It will now seek a special Commonwealth funding program to provide additional resources.

         For our Aboriginal people, a broad based plan for services is being worked through.  The focus of this plan “A Different Future” is on changing planning, policy, funding arrangements and practices to assist and support aboriginal communities and families achieve a better way of life.

         The new portfolio responsibility put in place by my Government provides a unique opportunity to deliver better coordinated aboriginal health, housing and community service needs.

         All of these initiatives and commitments are indicative of my Government’s determination that South Australians, who are in need of health and support services, will have their needs met with the very highest standards of care.

 

 

 

JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY SAFETY

         My Government is committed to a cohesive approach to this area of responsibility, an approach of reform and reassurance.

         Support will continue for victims of crime, while the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is to be improved to ensure no-one injured while committing an offence can claim against the fund.

         There is a comprehensive legislative program in place.  Legislation is to be introduced to reform the complaints, conciliation and disciplinary processes against members of the legal profession and my Government will also support the development of a national legal practising certificate.

         Amendments to the Domestic Violence Act and the Summary Procedure Act will be introduced.  My Government’s work in dealing with domestic violence is recognised by the rest of Australia as being visionary and as such, it is the best available.  This effort will continue both in the areas of Justice and Human Services.

         A Bill is to be introduced to overhaul comprehensively the law on theft, fraud, false pretences, embezzlement and forgery, some of which dates back to legislation of the 18th Century.

         My Government also intends changes to the process of fine enforcement to ensure the obligation of people to pay fines is met and so that the cost to the community of placing fine defaulters in jail is removed.

 

 

 

POLICE

         My Government expects to be able to introduce a Bill for a new Police Act.  This will update the legislative basis to support a modern police management structure.

 

CONSUMER AFFAIRS

         Measures will be introduced to refine and enhance the occupational licensing regimes already in place.  This is to ensure the systems meet the needs of industry and consumers.

 

PRIMARY INDUSTRIES

         My Government’s State Food Plan will generate significant economic growth in South Australia by increasing exports and creating new jobs.  The State Food Plan aims to increase food output from $5.5 billion per year to $15 billion by 2010.  Part of the plan involves developing new partnerships with rural communities to expand existing businesses and attract new investment to increase regional export capacity and importantly, jobs.

 

 

 

ENERGY

         My Government is committed to competition reform in the energy sector and will be introducing legislation to advance the introduction of the National Electricity Market.  Similarly, new legislation will be introduced which will open up the natural gas market. Significantly, my Government is the lead legislator in the application of laws for Natural Gas Access legislation.

 

 

 

MINES AND ENERGY RESOURCES

         My Government is committed to the responsible development of the State’s mineral and petroleum resources with exploration expenditure now at its highest level since 1986.  For this strong trend to continue, my Government will ensure that it provides the best possible regulatory and geo-scientific environment to assist the development of this important industry.

 

 

 

WOMEN

         Options for extending work-based child care in the public sector are to be explored and are to be adopted progressively by Government agencies.

         The impact of enterprise bargaining arrangements on women is to be closely monitored.

         There is to be an emphasis on promoting information for women in regional and rural areas, while the specific needs of rural women will be addressed by my Government, particularly in the areas of justice, education, employment, health, housing and safety.

         And my Government remains committed to achieving its goal of 50 per cent representation of women on Government boards and committees by the year 2000.  The Government will also work to increase women’s representation on private sector boards and committees.

 

 

 

ARTS

         My Government takes much pride in its increased support for the Arts - which will make 1998 the biggest year for the arts and culture in the history of the State.

         Sir Donald Bradman’s personal collection of cricketing memorabilia will go on permanent display in January.

         By mid-year, work will begin on the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery.  Initial design work will commence on the $36 million redevelopment of the State Library.

         The $5 million redevelopment of the National Motor Museum at Birdwood will be opened by September and the 25th anniversary of the Adelaide Festival Centre will be celebrated with a refurbishment of the Festival Theatre.

         South Australia will host the Australian Performing Arts Market in February, leading into three weeks of the Telstra Adelaide Festival and the Adelaide Fringe which will be followed later in the year by the first Australian presentation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle by State Opera and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

 

GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES

         This new Ministry has been formed to provide greater Government oversight to the broad area of public corporations.  These corporations are particularly affected by competition policy, emphasising the need for monitoring and key policy decisions.

         Also under this Minister is the newly formed Department of Administrative and Information Services.  Here my Government has consolidated a wide range of services to industry.  The use of information technology and electronic business services within Government will be significantly increased to enhance service provision and it will strengthen the State’s information technology infrastructure for service delivery to business and the community.

         My Government is to bring forward legislation this session to amend the WorkCover Corporation Act and the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act to establish a category of employer known as “self managed employer”.  These employers will be responsible for the management of workers compensation claims made by their employees, but the liability for the cost of the claims will remain with the WorkCover scheme.

         Also as a priority this session my Government will introduce legislation to repeal the MFP Development Corporation Act.  The MFP is to be abolished and considerable savings achieved. Alternative arrangements will be made for the management of the Government and community interest in those projects previously managed by the MFP, which can contribute to the future of the State.

 

 

 

TRANSPORT

         Over the first term, my Government delivered increased patronage and improved services in public transport.  This effort will continue with a greater focus given to passenger service information and service flexibility, within the context of a cost-effective operation.  Costs per vehicle hour in TransAdelaide have reduced by 20 per cent since 1993/4.

         Performance standards for taxis, hire cars, charter tour and country bus services  - and all drivers - are being addressed to ensure fairer competition and better services, and there is to be a review of the Passenger Transport Act.

         My Government has a strong program of forward planning for transport infrastructure.  The most important infrastructure project is the Adelaide to Darwin rail link for which $100 million has been committed. 

         As well, stage one of the Southern Expressway from Darlington is to be opened this month, and planning for stage two, from Reynella to Onkaparinga, is underway.

 

 

         The airport runway extension at Adelaide Airport is ahead of schedule and the strategy to seal all rural arterial roads in council areas by 2004 is on target.

         Cost benefit studies will address the extension of the Glenelg tram, O-Bahn busway to the south and a rail link to West Lakes.  These studies will be progressed in concert with development of a road network strategy for Adelaide to oversee traffic management issues for the next 15 years.

         Legislation will be introduced to clarify school zone safety issues; to provide parking permits to people with temporary physical impairments and to the organisations caring for people with physical disabilities; and to require road users to give way to buses.

 

 

 

THE ENVIRONMENT

         My Government’s environmental commitment is based on its belief that the environment is our future.

         My Government’s environmental policy takes into account the increasing level of community interest, and the importance of community involvement and participation in environmental protection and conservation.  There is a wide range of initiatives in this area.

         Following the success of the Torrens, Patawalonga and River Murray Catchment Water Management Boards, further boards are to be established for the Onkaparinga River catchment and Northern Adelaide and the Barossa region.

         My Government through the Murray-Darling Basin Commission is pursuing trade in water allocations across State borders.  A pilot trading program is scheduled to commence in January 1998.  The program, which is funded by the Environmental Protection Authority, to reduce and recycle industrial commercial and demolition waste will continue.

         Proposals to establish and operate South Australia’s air monitoring network are presently being assessed and could commence early in 1998.

         My Government has committed a further $30 million to nature conservation and visitor facilities in our parks over the next six years and an integrated pest management program in the Flinders Ranges National Park is on target to have the park free of pests by the year 2000. Environmental care and protection is a long term continuous strategy -  one my Government is more than willing to undertake.

 

 

 

PLANNING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

         My Government will continue to review and refine its planning strategy.  Planning laws and approval processes will be further streamlined and the adoption of a new performance-based Building Code of Australia will revolutionise building legislation in our State by introducing performance rather than prescriptive requirements for buildings.

         My Government is committed to the strengthening and revitalisation of the Adelaide City Centre which is a strategic asset that is integral to the economic growth of the State.  Support will continue to be provided to the Adelaide City Council Governance Review Advisory Group in order to develop appropriate arrangements for the future governance of the City.

         Local Government reforms of the past four years will be built on.  The Local Government Boundary Reform Board has been reappointed for a further twelve months.  As well, management and organisational reform of local government will be pursued, particularly in the areas of competitive arrangements and performance assessment and a re-write of the Local Government Act 1934 will continue.

 

 

 

SPORT, RECREATION AND RACING

         Continuing my Government’s program to have international standard sporting facilities in South Australia, stage two of the redevelopment of Hindmarsh Soccer Stadium is due to commence in April 1998.  This will enable Adelaide to host the quarter final of the 2000 Olympics soccer competition.

         My Government will also continue to attract and support major events which will generate economic benefit for the State and my Government is working with the Racing Industry Development Authority on its marketing strategies, evaluating the impact of stakemoney increases and supporting the development of accredited training in the industry which build on available TAFE programs.

 

 

 

PARLIAMENT

         As we head towards the millennium, it is important that the operations of Parliament also advance to recognise the changing needs and demands of the community.

         My Government is committed to that goal and will initiate a review which analyses the processes and procedures of Parliament as well as the accountability and responsibility of members in that parliamentary process.

         Significantly, current practices of sitting late into the evening and even into the early hours of the morning often make it difficult for Members to properly assess legislative matters, affect their ability to serve their electorates and impact severely on the families of Members.  My Government intends to review this matter with a view to better balancing the demands inside and outside of the Parliament for the benefit of the community.

         My Government is committed to ensuring South Australians are free to choose for themselves whether or not to vote at State elections and therefore my Government remains committed to the introduction of voluntary voting.

         Ultimately, my Government is accountable for its actions through this Parliament to the people of South Australia and it fully recognises this responsibility in placing its proposed legislative program before Honourable Members.

 

 

 

 

FORMER MEMBERS

         Since the previous address in this place, I have to record the deaths of three former members who served the community well.

         Boyd Dawkins MBE was a member of the Legislative Council from 1962 to 1982 serving the Parliament for 20 years.  During that time he was both the Government and Opposition Whip in the Legislative Council.

         Another long serving member who passed away was Jack Slater.  He held the House of Assembly seat of Gilles for nearly 20 years from 1970 until his retirement in 1989.  In 1982 he was appointed as a Minister and held the portfolios of Water Resources and Recreation and Sport until his retirement from the Ministry in 1985.

         Reg Curren served the Riverland region in the House of Assembly from 1962 to 1968 and then from 1970 to 1973 and was an active member of a number of parliamentary committees including the committee on land settlement.

         I know that you will join me in expressing sympathy to the families and relatives of these past members.

         I now declare this session open and trust that your deliberations will be guided by Divine Providence to the advancement of the welfare of the people of this State.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                             E. J. NEAL, Governor.

        Parliament House,

        Adelaide.

        2 December 1997.

                 His Excellency retired from the Chamber.

                 The Members of the House of Assembly withdrew.

 

 

 

10.

The President read prayers.

 

Prayers.

 

 

11.

The Treasurer, by leave, moved to express the thanks of the Council to former Members and welcomed new Members.

                 By leave, the Hons. C. A. Pickles and M. J. Elliott supported the remarks of the Treasurer.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Expression of

Thanks to

former Members.

 

 

12.

The President informed the Council that he had received from His Excellency the Governor a Commission authorising him to administer the Oath or Affirmation to Members of the Legislative Council.

 

Commission

to Swear.

 

 

13.

The President laid on the Table the Report of the Environment, Resources and Development Committee in relation to Aromatics in Petrol with particular reference to Benzene, which was authorised to be printed and published pursuant to section 17(7)(b) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1991 (Paper No. 184 of 1996-97 Session).

 

Environment,

Resources and

Development

Committee

Report.

 

 

14.

The following Papers were laid upon the Table, viz.:

        By the President -

                 Report of the Auditor-General and Treasurer’s Financial Statements, 1996-97 - Parts A and B.

                 Report of the Police Complaints Authority -

                          1994-95.

                          1995-96.

                          1996-97.

                 Report of the Ombudsman in respect of a complaint against the City of Playford by the Salisbury North Football Club.

                 Supplementary Report of the Auditor-General, 1996-97 - Accounts of Certain Public Authorities.

                 Register of Members’ Interests - June 1997 - Registrar’s Statement.

                          Ordered - That the Statement be printed (Paper No. 134).

                 Members Travel Expenditure, 1996-97, pursuant to Members of Parliament Travel Entitlement Rules 1983.

Papers.

 

 

        By the Treasurer (The Hon. R. I. Lucas) -

                 Australian Formula One Grand Prix Board - Message from Chairman for financial year ended 31 December 1996 and Independent Audit Report.

                 Department for Education and Children’s Services - Report 1995-96.

                 Government Boards and Committees Information - Boards and Committees (by Portfolio) as at 30 June 1997 - Report.

                 Local Government Act 1934 - Notice of Approval of a Controlling Authority - Federation of North Eastern Councils.

                 The Flinders University of South Australia - Report 1995.

                 Office for the Commissioner for Public Employment - South Australian Public Sector Workforce Information at June 1997.

                 Reports, 1996 -

                          Department for Education and Children’s Services.

                          Senior Secondary Assessment Board of SA.

                          The University of Adelaide.

                          University of South Australia.

                 Reports, 1996-97 -

                          Budget Results.

                          Construction Industry Training Board.

                          Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

                          Department of Treasury and Finance.

                          Funds SA.

                          Gaming Supervisory Authority.

                          Information Technology Workforce Strategy Office.

                          Local Government Grants Commission.

                          Motor Accident Commission.

                          Office for the Commissioner for Public Employment.

                          Office of Local Government.

                          Operations of the Auditor-General’s Department.

                          Parliamentary Superannuation Scheme.

                          Planning Strategy for South Australia.

                          Police Superannuation Board.

                          Presiding Officer, Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal.

                          Presiding Officer, Promotion and Grievance Appeals Tribunal.

                          South Australian Asset Management Task Force.

                          South Australian Gaming Machines Act 1992 - Liquor Licensing Commissioner.

                          South Australian Gaming Machines Act 1992 - State Supply Board.

                          South Australian Government Captive Insurance Corporation.

                          South Australian Government Financing Authority.

                          South Australian Greyhound Racing Authority.

                          South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission.

                          South Australian Superannuation Board - Seventy-first Annual Report.

                          South Australian Thoroughbred Racing Authority.

                          South Australian Totalizator Agency Board.

                          South Australian Tourism Commission.

 

 

 

                 Reports, 1997.

                          South Australian Asset Management Corporation.

                          Local Government Finance Authority of South Australia.

                          Local Government Superannuation Board.

                 Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Education Act 1972 -

                                   Principal.

                                   Teacher Registration Fees.

                          Local Government Act 1934 -

                                   Local Government Superannuation Board - Bonus Multiple.

                                   Prescribed Controlling Authorities.

                          National Wine Centre Act 1997 - Prescribed Associations.

                          Private Parking Areas Act 1986 - Clamping.

                          Public Corporations Act 1993 - SA Athletics Stadium.

                          Superannuation Act 1988 - Voter.

                          Technical and Further Education Act 1972 - Principal.

                 Rules -

                          Local Government Act 1934 - Notice of Amendment of Rules of a Controlling Authority - Little Para River Drainage Authority.

                          Racing Act 1976 - Amendment to Rules - Harness Racing Board - Combined Races.

                 Corporation By-laws -

                          Burnside - No. 5 - Waste Management.

                 District Council By-laws -

                          Ceduna - No. 7 - Keeping of Dogs.

                          Cleve - No. 1 - Permits and Penalties.

                          Victor Harbor -

                                   No.    1   -   Permits and Penalties.

                                   No.    2   -   Repeal and Renumbering of By-laws.

                                   No.    3   -   Height of Fences near Intersections.

                                   No.    4   -   Garbage Removal.

                                   No.    5   -   Council Land.

                                   No.    6   -   Traffic.

                                   No.    7   -   Caravans, Tents and Camping.

                                   No.    8   -   Nuisances.

                                   No.    9   -   Bees.

                                   No.  12   -   Advertising Hoardings.

                                   No.  13   -   Flammable Undergrowth.

                                   No.  14   -   Controlling the Foreshore.

                                   No.  15   -   Vehicles kept or let for Hire.

                                   No.  16   -   Water Reserves.

                          Wattle Range - No. 10 - Bird Scarers.

                          Yankalilla - No. 15 - Foreshore.

                 Rural City By-laws -

                          Murray Bridge - No. 4 - Moveable Signs.

                 The University of Adelaide - Legislative Business from the Council 1996 - Statutes.

        By the Minister for Justice (The Hon. K. T. Griffin) -

                 Determination of the Remuneration Tribunal No. 4 of 1997.

                 Determination of the Remuneration Tribunal No. 5 of 1997 - Ministers of the Crown and Officers and Members of Parliament.

                 Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 - Practice Directions.

                 Reports, 1996-97 -

                          Advisory Board of Agriculture.

                          Information Technology Services South Australia.

                          Lotteries Commission of South Australia.

                          Mines and Energy Resources South Australia.

                          President, Industrial Relations Commission and Senior Judge, Industrial Relations Court - Third Annual Report.

                   Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia.

 

 

 

                 Reports, 1997 -

                          Construction Industry Long Service Leave Board -

                                   Actuarial Report as at 30 June 1997.

                                   Construction Benefit Services - Report, 1997.

                          ETSA Corporation.

                          SA Water.

                 Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Animal and Plant Control (Agricultural Protection and Other Purposes) Act 1986 - Exotic Animals Committee.

                          Daylight Savings Act 1971 - Summer Time.

                          Electricity Act 1996 - Vegetation Clearance.

                          Fisheries Act 1982 -

                                   Fish Nets - Prohibited Areas.

                                   General - Protected Fishes.

                                   Lobster Pots.

                                   River Fishery Licences etc.

                          Industrial and Employee Relations Act 1994 -

                                   Employer Public Employees.

                                   Unfair Dismissal.

                          Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration (Commonwealth Provisions) Amendment Act 1991 - Revocation - Affiliated Associations.

                          Long Service Leave Act 1987 - Records and Applications.

                          Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982 - Local Government Arrangement.

                          Stock Foods Act 1941 - Labelling.

                          WorkCover Corporation Act 1994 - Claims Management - Contracts.

                          Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 - Charges - Private Hospitals.

 

 

 

       By the Attorney-General -

                 Courts Administration Authority - Report, 1997.

                 Reports, 1996-97 -

                          Department of Public Prosecutions.

                          Legal Practitioners Conduct Board.

                          Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal - Report to the Attorney-General and the Chief Justice.

                          South Australian Classification Council.

                          Report to the Attorney-General - Claims Against the Legal Practitioners Guarantee Fund.

                 Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Co-operatives Act 1997 - Principal.

                          Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1997 - Prescribed Percentage.

                          Electoral Act 1985 - Miscellaneous Amendments and Forms.

                          Friendly Societies (South Australia) Act 1997 - Savings and Transitional.

                          Subordinate Legislation Act 1978 - Postponement from Expiry.

                 Rules of Court -

                          District Court - District Court Act 1994 -

                                   Rules of Court amending the District Court Rules 1992 - Amendment No. 17.

                          Supreme Court - Supreme Court Act 1935 -

                                   Amending the Supreme Court (Corporations) Rules Amendment No. 3 to the Supreme Court (Corporations) Rules.

                                   Amending the Supreme Court Rules 1987 - Amendment No. 60 to the Supreme Court Rules.

                          Youth Court - Youth Court Act 1993 -

                                   Amendment No. 3 to the Youth Court Rules - Adoption.

                 Summary Offences Act 1953 -

                          Return as per Section 83b - Dangerous Area Declarations.

                          Return as per Section 74b - Road Block Establishment Authorisations.

          By the Minister for Consumer Affairs -

                 Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Harbors and Navigation Act 1993 - Port Bonython.

 

 

 

                          Liquor Licensing Act 1985 -

                                   Consumption on Flights.

                                   Dry Areas - Short term.

                                   General.

                                   Long Term Dry Areas -

                                          Coober Pedy.

                                          Coober Pedy, Paringa, Wallaroo.

                                          Glenelg.

                                          Seacliff.

                                          Various.

                                          Victor Harbor.

                          Prices Act 1948 - Revocation.

                          Retail Shop Leases Act 1995 - Disclosure Statement.

                          Second-hand Vehicle Dealers Act 1995 - Auction.

 

 

 

        By the Minister for Police, Correctional Services and Emergency Services -

                 Regulations under the following Act -

                          Firearms Act 1977 - Compensation for Dealers.

                          Police Act 1952 - Qualifications.

 

 

 

        By the Minister for Transport and Urban Planning (The Hon. D. V. Laidlaw) -

                 Aboriginal Lands Trust - Report, 1995-96.

                 Reports, 1996-97 -

                          Administration of the Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982.

                          Charitable and Social Welfare Fund.

                          Department for Family and Community Services.

                          Dog and Cat Management Board.

                          Environment Protection Authority.

                          Murray-Darling Basin Commission.

                          National Road Transport Commission.

                          Office for the Ageing.

                          South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Council.

                   Torrens Catchment Water Management Board - Report, 1997.

 

 

 

                   Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Adoption Act 1988 - Parents Register.

                          Controlled Substances Act 1984 - Strychnine.

                          Development Act 1993 -

                                   Glenelg Foreshore.

                                   Private Certifiers.

                          Medical Practitioners Act 1983 - Fees.

                          Motor Vehicles Act 1959 -

                                   Fees.

                                   Trade Plates.

                          National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 - Parking.

                          Native Vegetation Act 1991 - Exemptions.

                          Passenger Transport Act 1994 -

                                   Passenger Vehicles.

                                   Prescribed Period.

                          Physiotherapists Act 1991 - Qualifications.

                          Psychological Practices Act 1973 - Fees.

                          Road Traffic Act 1961 -

                                   Approved Blood Test Kit.

                                   Flashing Lights.

                                   U Turns and Bus Lanes.

        By the Minister for the Arts -

                 Disability Information and Resource Centre - Report, 1995-96.

                 Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre - Report and Financial Statement for year ended December 1996.

 

 

 

15.

The Treasurer, by leave, moved - That for the remainder of the Session, the Standing Orders be so far suspended as to provide that at the conclusion of the period for Questions without Notice, on Wednesdays, Members may make statements on a matter of interest.  Up to seven Members may speak for a maximum of five minutes each.  The President may order the Member to resume his or her seat if, in the opinion of the President, the Member infringes Standing Orders governing the rules of debate.

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

 

Suspension

of Standing

Orders -

Matters of

Interest.

 

  16.

A Messenger from the Governor having been announced by Black Rod, the following Message was received and read:

Message No. 1.

                 The Governor informs the Legislative Council that the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, in accordance with Section 21 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, notified him that, in consequence of the resignation on the fifteenth day of September, 1997, of Senator Dominic John Foreman, a vacancy occurred in the representation of this State in the Senate of the Commonwealth.  As the Parliament of the State was not in session when the vacancy was notified, the Governor informs the Council that this place was filled pursuant to Section 15 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia by John Andrew Quirke.  The Governor is advised that the place of a Senator, having become vacant and being so filled within the meaning of Section 15, will again fall vacant at the expiration of fourteen days from the beginning of the First Session of the Forty-Ninth Parliament and before the expiration of the original term of Dominic John Foreman and that such place must be filled by the Houses of Parliament, sitting and voting together, choosing a person to hold it in accordance with the provisions of the said Section.

Government House, Adelaide, 2 December 1997.                                                  E. J. NEAL, Governor.

                 The President informed the Council that he would confer with The Hon. The Speaker of the House of Assembly and arrange to call a joint meeting of the two Houses for the purpose of complying with Section 15 of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.

 

Message from

Governor:

Notification

of Senate

Vacancy.

 

17.

The Attorney-General tabled a copy of the Report required under Section 5 of the Criminal Law (Undercover Operations) Act, 1995.

 

Paper Tabled.

 

18.

The Treasurer tabled a copy of a Ministerial Statement made by the Premier (The Hon. J. W. Olsen, M.P.) concerning the Annual Report of the Auditor-General.

 

Paper Tabled.

 

19.

The Treasurer tabled a copy of a Ministerial Statement made by the Premier (The Hon. J. W. Olsen, M.P.) concerning the Report of an investigation undertaken by Tim Anderson, QC into the events surrounding the sale of “Gouldana” and the involvement of former MP Dale Baker in that sale process.

 

Paper Tabled.

 

20.

The Treasurer tabled a copy of the Report of Mr Tim Anderson, QC on the Inquiry Concerning The Hon. Dale Baker, M.P.

 

Paper Tabled.

 

21.

The Treasurer tabled a copy of a Ministerial Statement made by the Deputy Premier (The Hon. G. A. Ingerson, M.P.) concerning a proposal to restructure the agencies within the tourism recreation and sport portfolios.

 

Paper Tabled.

 

22.

The Attorney-General, without notice,  moved - That the Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable him to introduce a Bill forthwith.

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

Suspension of Standing Orders.

 

 

 

                 The Attorney-General then moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Constitution Act 1934, the Administrative Arrangements Act 1994, the Juries Act 1927, the Oaths Act 1936, and the Parliamentary Remuneration Act 1990.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Leave to

Introduce

a Bill.

 

 

23.

The Minister for Transport and Urban Planning, without notice,  moved - That the Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable her to introduce a Bill forthwith.

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

Suspension of Standing Orders..

 

 

 

                 The Minister for Transport and Urban Planning then moved - That she have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Motor Vehicles Act 1959.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Leave to

Introduce

a Bill.

 

 

24.

The Attorney-General, pursuant to leave granted this day, introduced a Bill for an Act to amend the Constitution Act 1934, the Administrative Arrangements Act 1994, the Juries Act 1927, the Oaths Act 1936, and the Parliamentary Remuneration Act 1990.

                 Bill introduced and read a first time.

                 The Hon. Minister for Justice  then moved - That this Bill be now read a second time.

                 On motion of the Hon. C. A. Pickles, the debate was adjourned until next day of sitting.

 

Statutes

Amendment

(Ministers of

the Crown)

Bill.

 

 

25.

The Minister for Transport and Urban Planning, pursuant to leave granted this day, introduced a Bill for an Act to amend the Motor Vehicles Act 1959.

                 Bill introduced and read a first time.

                 The Minister for Transport and Urban Planning then moved - That this Bill be now read a second time.

                 On motion of the Hon. C. A. Pickles, the debate was adjourned until next day of sitting.

 

Motor Vehicles

(Heavy Vehicles

Registration

Charges)

Amendment

Bill.

 

 

26.

The Treasurer moved - That a Standing Orders Committee be appointed consisting of the President, the Hon. K. T. Griffin, the Hon. C. A. Pickles, the Hon. G. Weatherill and the Mover.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Standing

Orders

Committee.

 

 

27.

Ordered - That for this Session a Library Committee not be appointed.

 

Library

Committee.

 

 

28.

The Treasurer moved - That a Printing Committee be appointed consisting of the Hon. J.S.L.Dawkins, the Hon. A. J. Redford, the Hon. T. G. Roberts, the Hon. J. F. Stefani and the Hon. C. Zollo.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Printing

Committee.

 

 

29.

The Treasurer moved - That pursuant to Section 5 of the Parliament (Joint Services) Act 1985, the Hon. C. V. Schaefer and the Hon. G. Weatherill be appointed to act with the Hon. The President as Members of the Joint Parliamentary Service Committee and that the Hon. L. H. Davis be appointed the alternate Member of the Committee to the Hon. The President, the Hon.
A. J. Redford the alternate Member to the Hon. C. V. Schaefer and the Hon. R. R. Roberts the alternate Member to the Hon. G. Weatherill.

                 Question put and passed.

                 The Treasurer moved - That a Message be sent to the House of Assembly informing them of the aforementioned Resolution.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Joint

Parliamentary

Service

Committee.

 

 

30.

The Treasurer moved - That pursuant to Section 20(2) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1991, the following Members be appointed to the Environment, Resources and Development Committee, viz.:  the Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins, the Hon. M. J. Elliott and the Hon. T. G. Roberts, and that a Message be sent to the House of Assembly in accordance with the foregoing Resolution.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Environment,

Resources and

Development

Committee -

Appointment

of Members.

 

 

31.

The Treasurer moved - That pursuant to Section 20(2) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1991, the following Members be appointed to the Social Development Committee, viz.:  the Hon. T. G. Cameron, the Hon. S. M. Kanck and the Hon. C. V. Schaefer, and that a Message be sent to the House of Assembly in accordance with the foregoing Resolution.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Social

Development

Committee -

Appointment

of Members.

 

 

32.

The Treasurer moved - That pursuant to Section 20(2) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1991, the following Members be appointed to the Legislative Review Committee, viz.:  the Hon. I. Gilfillan, the Hon. A. J.Redford and the Hon. R. R. Roberts, and that a Message be sent to the House of Assembly in accordance with the foregoing Resolution.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Legislative

Review

Committee -

Appointment

of Members.

 

 

33.

The Treasurer moved - That pursuant to Section 20(2) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1991, the following Members be appointed to the Statutory Authorities Review Committee, viz.:  the Hon. T. Crothers, the Hon. L. H. Davis, the Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins, the Hon. J. F. Stefani and the Hon. C. Zollo.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Statutory

Authorities

Review

Committee -

Appointment

of Members.

 

 

34.

The Treasurer moved - That pursuant to section 20(2) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1991, the following Members be appointed to the Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Committee, viz.: the Hon. M. J. Elliott, the Hon. A. J. Redford, and the Hon. T. G. Roberts, and that a Message be sent to the House of Assembly in accordance with the foregoing Resolution.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Occupational

Safety,

Rehabilitation and

Compensation

Committee -

Appointment

of Members.

 

 

35.

The Treasurer moved - That pursuant to section 20(2) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1991, the following Members be appointed to the Statutory Officers Committee, viz.: the Minister for Justice, the Hon. M. J. Elliott and the Hon. P. Holloway, and that a Message be sent to the House of Assembly in accordance with the foregoing Resolution.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Statutory

Officers

Committee -

Appointment

of Members.

 

 

36.

The President having laid on the Table a copy of the Opening Speech by the Governor:

                 The Treasurer moved - That a Committee consisting of the Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins, the Hon. the Hon. C. V. Schaefer, the Hon. N. Xenophon, the Hon. C. Zollo and the Mover, be appointed to prepare a Draft Address in Reply to the Speech delivered this day by His Excellency the Governor and to report on the next day of sitting.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Draft

Address

in Reply.

 

37.

Council adjourned at 12 minutes past five o’clock until tomorrow at fifteen minutes past two o’clock.

 

Adjournment.

 

 

 

_________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members present during any part of the sitting:

 

 

 

 

The Hon. T. G. Cameron

The Hon. T Crothers

The Hon. L. H. Davis

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. M. J. Elliott

The Hon. I. Gilfillan

The Hon. K. T. Griffin

 

The Hon. P. Holloway

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. D. V. Laidlaw

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. C. A. Pickles

The Hon. A. J. Redford

 

The Hon. R. R. Roberts

The Hon. T. G. Roberts

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. J. F. Stefani

The Hon. G. Weatherill

The Hon. N. Xenophon

The Hon. C. Zollo