SOUTH AUSTRALIA]

No. 58

 

 

MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

 

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

_______

 

 

 

TUESDAY  3  JUNE  2008

 

 

 

    1.

Council met pursuant to adjournment.  The President (The Hon. R. K. Sneath) took the Chair.

                 The President read prayers.

 

Meeting of
Council.

    2.

A Messenger from His Excellency The Governor’s Deputy having been announced by Black Rod, the following Message was received and read:

Message No. 13.

                 The Governor informs the Legislative Council that, in the name and on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, the following Acts have been assented to during the Second Session of the 51st Parliament, viz.:

                 No. 11 of 2008 - An Act to amend the Summary Offences Act 1953; and to make related amendments to the Controlled Substances Act 1984.

                 No. 12 of 2008 - An Act to amend the Bills of Sale Act 1886, the Community Titles Act 1996, the Real Property Act 1886, the Stock Mortgages and Wool Liens Act 1924 and the Strata Titles Act 1988.

                 No. 13 of 2008 - An Act to provide for the making of declarations and orders for the purpose of disrupting and restricting the activities of criminal organisations, their members and associates; to make related amendments to the Bail Act 1985, the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935, the Freedom of Information Act 1991 and the Summary Offences Act 1953; and for other purposes.

Government House, Adelaide, 3 June 2008.                                 HIEU VAN LE, Governor’s Deputy.

 

Message from
Governor’s Deputy:
Assent to Bills.

    3.

The Minister for Police (The Hon. P. Holloway), by leave, without notice, moved - That the sitting of the Council be not suspended during the continuation of the Conference on the Legal Profession Bill.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Legal Profession
Bill.

 

    4.

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

        By the Minister for Police -

                 Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Legal Practitioners Act 1981 - Fees.

                          Motor Vehicles Act 1959 - Drink Driving and Drug Driving - Demerit Points.

                          Road Traffic Act 1961 - Drink Driving and Drug Driving - Expiation Fees.

                 Rules of Court -

                          Magistrates Court - Magistrates Court Act 1991 - Warrants under the Road Traffic Act 1961.

                 Rules under Acts -

                          Legal Practitioners Act 1981 - Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

          By the Minister for Environment and Conservation (The Hon. G. E. Gago) -

                 Reports, 2006-2007 -

                          Natural Resources Management Council - Volume A.

                          Natural Resources Management Council - Volume B.

                 SA Water Depot Land at Thebarton - Report pursuant to section 23 of the Adelaide Park Lands Act 2005.

                 Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Building Work Contractors Act 1995 - Revocation of Advisory Panels.

                          Environment Protection Act 1993 - Fees and Levy.

                          Liquor Licensing Act 1997 - Dry Zones - Mannum.

                          Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Electricians Act 1995 - Revocation of Advisory Panels.

        By the Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (The Hon. G. E. Gago) -

                 Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Controlled Substances Act 1984 - Poisons - Administration of Drugs of Dependence.

 

Papers.

    5.

The Hon. I. K. Hunter brought up the Report of the Social Development Committee on its Inquiry into NHMRC Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research 2004 (revised).

                 Ordered - That the Report be printed.  (Paper No. 239)

 

Social Development
Committee - Report
on its Inquiry into
NHMRC Guidelines
on the Use of Assisted
Reproductive
Technology in
Clinical Practice and
Research 2004
(revised).

 

    6.

The Minister for Police, by leave, tabled a copy of a Ministerial Statement made by the Premier (The Hon. M. D. Rann, M.P.) concerning an Apology to Children in State Care.

 

Ministerial
Statement Tabled.

    7.

The Minister for Police, while making a Ministerial Statement, by leave, tabled a document titled Directions to the Commissioner of Police.

 

Document Tabled.

    8.

The Minister for Police, by leave, tabled a copy of a Ministerial Statement made by the Attorney-General (The Hon. M. J. Atkinson, M.P.) concerning the Exhumation of the remains of Charles Cameron Kingston.

 

Ministerial
Statement Tabled.

   9.

The Minister for Environment and Conservation, by leave, tabled a copy of a Ministerial Statement made by the Minister for Health (The Hon. J. D. Hill, M.P.) concerning the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Study.

 

Ministerial
Statement Tabled.

  10.

The Minister for Police (The Hon. P. Holloway), by leave, without notice, moved - That Standing Orders be so far suspended for this sitting week as to enable the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Scheme Review) Amendment Bill and the WorkCover Corporation (Governance Review) Amendment Bill to have priority in respect of Government Business on the Notice Paper, and for the Bills’ remaining stages to be concluded by 6.00 p.m. on Thursday, 5 June 2008.

                 The Hon. D. W. Ridgway moved to amend the motion by leaving out all words after “Notice Paper” and inserting the words “and for the Council to continue sitting until the Bills’ remaining stages have been concluded”.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved to amend the motion by leaving out all words after “Notice Paper”.

                 Question - That the words after “Notice Paper” proposed to be struck out by the Hon. D. W  Ridgway and the Hon. M. C. Parnell, stand part of the motion - put the negatived.

          Question - That the words proposed to be inserted by the Hon. D. W. Ridgway, be so inserted - put.

Suspension of
Standing Orders

 

             Council divided:

Ayes, 18

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. P. Holloway

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway (Teller)

      So it was resolved in the affirmative.

 

Noes, 3

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

                 Question - That the motion moved by the Minister for Police and as amended by the Hon. D. W. Ridgway, be agreed to - put.

                 And there being a dissentient voice:

 

 

             Council divided:

Ayes, 18

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. P. Holloway

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway (Teller)

 

Noes, 3

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

       So it was resolved in the affirmative, there being present an absolute majority of the whole number of the Members of the Council.

 

 

11.

The Minister for Police, without notice, moved - That the Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable Question Time to be extended to enable the Hon. R. I. Lucas to ask a question of him and for the Minister to complete his reply.

                 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.

  12.

The Council, according to order, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Scheme Review) Amendment Bill.

 

In the Committee

 

                          Clause No. 1 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 5, lines 3 and 4, to leave out the words “Scheme Review” and insert the words “Reduction in Weekly Payments and Other Matters”.

                 The Hon. A. M. Bressington moved on page 5, lines 3 and 4, to leave out the words “Scheme Review” and insert the words “Reduction of Entitlements and Redemptions.

                 Question - That the words proposed to be struck out stand as printed - put and passed.

                          Clause No. 1 agreed to.

                          Clauses No. 2 and No. 3 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 4 read.

                 The Hon. A. M. Bressington moved on page 6, line 4, to leave out all words in this line and insert the following:

“Section 2(2)—delete subsection (2) and substitute:

(2)     This Act is intended to be beneficial to the interests of workers and in the event of an ambiguity under this Act a construction favourable to a worker should be adopted.

(2a)   A person exercising judicial, quasi‑judicial or administrative powers must interpret this Act in light of the principle set out in subsection (2).

(2b)  Any precedent that is inconsistent with the principle set out in subsection (2) will not apply to the extent of the inconsistency.”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

Workers
Rehabilitation and
Compensation
(Scheme Review)
Amendment Bill.

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 5

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell 

The Hon. A. M. Bressington (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 16

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

 

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 6, line 7, after the words “to work” to insert the words “and to community life”.

                 Question - That the words proposed to be inserted, be so inserted - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 5

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 16

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

 

                 The Hon. A. M. Bressington moved on page 6, line 7, after the words “to work” to insert the words “as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program”.

                 Question - That the words proposed to be inserted, be so inserted - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 4

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. M. C. Parnell

The Hon. A. M. Bressington (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 6, after line 8, to insert the following:

          “(4)      In connection with the operation of subsection (3), the Corporation or a self‑insured employer (as relevant), and the employer from whose employment a compensable disability arises, must take all steps that are reasonably practicable to expeditiously achieve a disabled worker’s—

      (a)       return to work—

       (i)       in the worker’s previous position, or in a position of at least equal status; and

      (ii)       at a rate of pay that is at least equal to the worker’s previous rate of pay; and

      (b)      return to his or her previous level of participation in the community (insofar as this was affected by the occurrence of the disability).”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 4

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 4 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 5 read.

                 To report progress and ask leave to sit again.

_____________________

 

                 The President resumed the Chair and reported progress and obtained for the Committee leave to sit again on motion.

 

 

13.

At eight minutes past six o’clock the sitting was suspended until the ringing of the bells.

                 At fifteen minutes to eight o’clock the sitting was resumed.

 

Suspension and
Resumption of
Sitting.

 

  14.

The Council, according to order, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole for the further consideration of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Scheme Review) Amendment Bill.

 

In the Committee

 

                          Clause No. 5 further considered.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 6, after line 27, to insert the following:

            “(6a)     Section 3(1)—after the definition of dependant insert:

designated common law liability means a liability at common law within the ambit of section 54(1)(b);”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

Workers
Rehabilitation and
Compensation
(Scheme Review)
Amendment Bill.

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. P. Holloway

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo (Teller)

 

 

 

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 7, lines 20 to 24, to leave out subclause (17).

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 7, line 30, after “currently suited” to insert “of comparable status and with comparable remuneration to the employment in which the worker was employed at the time of the occurrence of the relevant compensable disability”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 7, line 30, to leave out “whether or not the work is available”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 7, line 39, to leave out paragraph (f) and insert:

              “(f)   the effectiveness of any rehabilitation and return to work plan;”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 9, lines 1 to 6, to leave out subsections (13) and (14).

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put and negatived.

                          Clause No. 5 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 6 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 9, after line 27, to insert the following:

            “(2a)     For the purposes of subsection (1), any week during the period of 12 months preceding the relevant date when the worker—

(a)     was on unpaid leave; or

(b)    was not in employment,

will be disregarded.”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 12, line 1, to leave out “of a prescribed class”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                 To report progress and ask leave to sit again.

_____________________

 

                 The President resumed the Chair and reported progress and obtained for the Committee leave to sit again on motion.

 

 

15.

At twenty minutes to eleven o’clock the sitting was suspended until the ringing of the bells.

                 At five minutes past eleven o’clock the sitting was resumed.

 

Suspension and
Resumption of
Sitting.

 

  16.

The Council, according to order, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole for the further consideration of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Scheme Review) Amendment Bill.

 

In the Committee

 

                          Clause No. 6 further considered.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 12, line 15, to leave out paragraph (b).

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put and negatived.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 12, line 24 and line 25, to leave out “prescribed amount” and insert the words “minimum remuneration standard” where occurring and after line 30, to insert:

“(ab)   a reference to the minimum remuneration standard is a reference to the average weekly wage for an adult working ordinary hours applying under section 69(3)(a) of the Fair Work Act 1994 at the relevant date, adjusted, if relevant, on a proportional basis to take into account any case where the worker was not in full-time employment over the period used to determine the average weekly earnings of the worker; and”.

                 Question - That the amendments be agreed to - put.

Workers
Rehabilitation and
Compensation
(Scheme Review)
Amendment Bill.

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 6 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 7 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 12, after line 38, to insert the following:

             “(2)   Section 7—after subsection (3) insert:

         (4)    The following persons are not eligible for appointment as the presiding member of the Committee:

      (a)       a member, or former member, of the board of management of the Corporation;

      (b)      an employee, or former employee, of the Corporation.”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 7 agreed to.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 12, after line 38, to insert new clause as follows:

7A—Amendment of section 8—Functions of Advisory Committee

Section 8—after subsection (5) insert:

(6)        If a Bill for an Act to amend this Act is introduced into Parliament by a Minister without the Advisory Committee having been first given a reasonable opportunity to provide advice to the responsible Minister on the proposals contained in the Bill in the manner contemplated by subsection (1)(b), the responsible Minister must prepare a report on the matter and have copies of the report laid before both Houses of Parliament.

(7)        In this section—

             responsible Minister means the Minister to whom the administration of this Act has been committed.”.

                 Question - That new clause 7A, as proposed to be inserted, be so inserted - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 3

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 18

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

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And it being twelve of the clock:

WEDNESDAY 4 JUNE 2008

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                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 12, after line 38, to insert new sections as follow:

7A—Insertion of sections 14 and 15

After section 13 insert:

14—Staff

      (1)       The Minister must, after consultation with the Advisory Committee, provide for staff to assist the Committee in the performance of its functions.

      (2)       The staff of the Advisory Committee will consist of—

      (a)       any Public Service employee assigned to work as a member of the staff; and

      (b)      any person appointed under subsection (4).

      (3)       The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette—

      (a)       exclude Public Service employees who are members of the staff of the Advisory Committee from specified provisions of the Public Sector Management Act 1995; and

      (b)      if the Minister thinks that certain provisions should apply to such employees instead of those excluded under paragraph (a)—determine that those provisions will apply,

and such a notice will have effect according to its terms.

      (4)       The Minister may appoint a person as a member of the staff of the Advisory Committee on terms and conditions of employment determined by the Minister and such a person will not be a Public Service employee.

      (5)       The Advisory Committee may, by agreement with the Minister responsible for an administrative unit of the Public Service, make use of the services of the staff, equipment or facilities of that administrative unit.

15—Annual report

      (1)       The Advisory Committee must, on or before 30 September in each year, forward a report to the Minister on the work of the Committee during the financial year ending on the preceding 30 June.

      (2)       The Minister must, within 6 sitting days after receiving a report under this section, have copies of the report laid before both Houses of Parliament.

                 Question - new clause 7A, as proposed to be inserted, be so inserted - put and negatived.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 12, after line 38, to insert new clause 7B as follows: 

7B—Amendment of section 26—Rehabilitation programs

Section 26—after subsection (4) insert:

      (5)       In addition, a worker is entitled to be compensated for reasonable costs associated with rehabilitation reasonably incurred by the worker in consequences of having suffered a compensable disability even if the rehabilitation has not been approved by the Corporation, or has not been provided by a person or as part of a program or plan approved or established by the Corporation.

      (6)       Compensation for costs to which subsection (5) applies may be paid—

      (a)       to the worker; or

      (b)      directly to the person to whom the worker is liable for those costs.”.

                 Question - That new clause 7B, as proposed to be inserted, be so inserted - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 12, after line 38, to insert new clause 7B as follows:

7B—Amendment of section 26—Rehabilitation programs

Section 26—after subsection (4) insert:

      (5)       A worker may, to such extent as may be reasonable, select his or her rehabilitation provider.”.

                 Question - That new clause 7B, as proposed to be inserted, be so inserted - put and negatived.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell  moved on page 12, after line 38, to insert new clause 7C as follows:

7C—Insertion of section 26A

After section 26 insert:

26A—Related principles

Without limiting any other principle or entitlement under this Act, the following principles should be applied in connection with the operation of section 26:

      (a)       if it appears that a disabled worker will be incapacitated for work for a period exceeding 4 weeks, the Corporation should seek to arrange for the worker to participate in a form of training or retraining unless it appears that such action would have a detrimental effect on the worker's health or medical progress or that there is some other good reason for not proceeding under this paragraph; and

      (b)      the Corporation should seek to establish a scheme under which rehabilitation may be provided within specified monetary limits to a disabled worker without needing to obtain the prior approval of the Corporation; and

      (c)       if it appears that the provision of equipment, facilities or services at home would make a significant contribution to the rehabilitation of a disabled worker, the Corporation should take reasonable steps to undertake an assessment of the home and to provide appropriate forms or levels of equipment, facilities or services.”.

                 Question - That new clause 7C, as proposed to be inserted, be so inserted - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 6

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 15

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 8 read.

                 To report progress and ask leave to sit again.

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                 The President resumed the Chair and reported progress and obtained for the Committee leave to sit again on next day of sitting.

 

 

17.

Ordered - That all remaining Orders of the Day (Government Business) be Orders of the Day for next day of sitting.

 

Postponement
of Business.

18.

Ordered - That the Council, at its rising, do adjourn until tomorrow at eleven o’clock a.m.

 

Next Day
of Sitting.

19.

The following Messages from the House of Assembly were received and read:

Message No. 101

                 MR. PRESIDENT - The House of Assembly has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, entitled an Act to amend the Firearms Act 1977 and to make related amendments to the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 and the Summary Offences Act 1953, with the amendment indicated by the annexed Schedule, to which amendment the House of Assembly desires the concurrence of the Legislative Council.

House of Assembly, 3 June 2008                                                      M. G. THOMPSON, Deputy Speaker.

 

Schedule of the Amendment made by the House of Assembly

Clause 27, page 19, lines 35 and 36 [clause 27, inserted section 26C(1)(a)]—

Delete paragraph (a) and substitute:

(a)      a decision of the Registrar that has been affirmed by the Firearms Review Committee; or

M. LEHMAN, Clerk of the House of Assembly.

                 Ordered - That the Message be taken into consideration on next day of sitting.

 

Messages from House of Assembly:

Firearms (Firearms
Prohibition Orders)
Amendment Bill.

 

Message No. 102

                 MR. PRESIDENT - The House of Assembly requests that a Conference may be granted to it respecting certain amendments in the Criminal Law (Sentencing) (Victims of Crime) Amendment Bill.  In the event of a Conference being agreed to, the House of Assembly will be represented by five Managers.

House of Assembly, 3 June 2008                                                      M. G. THOMPSON, Deputy Speaker.

                 Ordered - That the Message be taken into consideration on next day of sitting.

 

Criminal Law
(Sentencing)
(Victims of Crime)
Amendment Bill.

20.

Council adjourned at nineteen minutes to one o’clock a.m. until today at eleven o’clock a.m.

 

Adjournment.

 

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Members present during any part of the sitting:

 

 

 

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

 

The Hon. P. Holloway

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

 

The Hon. M. C. Parnell

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo