SOUTH AUSTRALIA]

No. 59

 

 

MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

 

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

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WEDNESDAY  4  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.

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.

 

   3.

The Minister for Police, without notice, moved - That the Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable Petitions, the Tabling of Papers and Question Time to be taken into consideration at fifteen minutes past two o’clock.

                 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.

    4.

The Minister for Police, without notice, moved - That the Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable Matters of Interest, Notice of Motion and Orders of the Day (Private Business) to be taken into consideration after Question Time.

                 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.

   5.

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. 8 further considered.

                 The Hon. A. M. Bressington moved on page 12, after line 39, to insert:

           “(a1)    Section 28A(1)—after "The Corporation may" insert:

                                   , as part of a rehabilitation program,”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

Workers
Rehabilitation and
Compensation
(Scheme Review)
Amendment Bill.

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 5

The Hon. J. A. Darley

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, 13

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 12, line 41, to leave out “13” and insert “4”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 5

The Hon. J. A. Darley

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, 14

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 agreed to.

                 The Hon. A. M. Bressington moved on page 13, after line 3, to insert new clause 8A as follows:

8A—Amendment of section 28C—Rehabilitation standards and requirements

      (1)       Section 28C(1)—delete "by regulation" and substitute:

      (a)       by regulation; or

      (b)      by the Corporation.

      (2)       Section 28C—after subsection (1) insert:

     (1a)      Any standards or requirements developed by the Corporation under subsection (1) must be consistent with any relevant nationally recognised standards.

     (1b)     The Corporation must take reasonable steps to ensure that the standards and requirements under subsection (1) include a comprehensive set of scales of charges for the purposes of rehabilitation facilities and services provided for disabled workers for the purposes of this Act.

     (1c)      A scale of charges must be based on the average charge to members of the public for the relevant services (to such extent as this is reasonably practicable to ascertain).

     (1d)     In connection with the preceding subsections, a provider of a rehabilitation service must prepare a comprehensive statement of charges associated with the provision of services to a disabled worker within 7 days after the worker is referred to the provider for the provision of those services.

      (3)       Section 28C(2)—delete "regulations imposing standards and requirements for rehabilitation programs and return to work plans, the Corporation must consult on the proposed regulations" and substitute:

standards and requirements under this section, the Corporation must consult

      (4)       Section 28C(2)—after paragraph (a) insert:

     (ab)     the Australian Rehabilitation Counsellors Association; and”.

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

                          Clause No. 9 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 14, after line 6, to insert new section 28E as follows:

28E—Action on request for rehabilitation assistance

      (1)       A disabled worker may make any reasonable request for assistance with rehabilitation.

      (2)       The Corporation must determine a request for assistance with rehabilitation made by a worker as expeditiously as possible and, wherever practicable, endeavour to take action on the request (including by initiating an assessment or response in relation to the request) within 2 business days after the receipt of the request.”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 5

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 13

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 9 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 10 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 11 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 14, after line 12, to insert new section as follows:

             “(1a)     Section 32—after subsection (3) insert:

(3a)   The Corporation should take reasonable steps to arrange to pay compensation under subsection (3)(b) where the service involves the provision of medicines on a regular basis.”.

                          Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 4

The Hon. A. M. Bressington

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 12

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 11 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 12 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 15, line 6, to leave out “designated manner and the designated form” and insert “prescribed manner and form”.

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

                          Clause No. 12 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 13 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 14 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 motion.

 

 

   6.

At one o’clock the sitting was suspended until the ringing of the bells.

                 At fifteen minutes past two o’clock the sitting was resumed.

 

Suspension and
Resumption of
Sitting.

 

   7.

Answers to Question on Notice No. 514 of last Session and Questions on Notice Nos. 138, 183, 194 and 196 of this Session received this day, were tabled by the President who directed that they be distributed and printed in Hansard.

 

Answers to
Questions on
Notice.

    8.

The following Paper was laid upon the Table, viz.:

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

                 Inquiry into Deep Creek - Government Response to the Natural Resources Committee.

 

Paper.

   9.

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola brought up the Twentieth Report of the Legislative Review Committee, 2007-2008.

Legislative
Review
Committee -
Twentieth Report,
2007-2008.

 

10.

In accordance with Sessional Standing Order, the President called on Members to make Statements on Matters of Interest.

 

Statements on Matters of Interest.

  11.

Ordered - That Notice of Motion (Private Business) No. 1 be an Order of the Day for Wednesday, 18 June 2008.

 

Postponement
of Business.

  12.

Ordered - That Orders of the Day (Private Business) No. 1 to No. 3 be Orders of the Day for Wednesday, 18 June 2008.

 

Postponement
of Business.

  13.

On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Hon. D.G.E. Hood - That the Environment, Resources and Development Committee inquire into and report on the current and future public transport needs for South Australia, and in particular -

               I.      the development of an efficient and integrated public transport system incorporating all forms of public transport and necessary infrastructure improvements;

             II.      the needs of metropolitan and outer metropolitan regions;

            III.      the opportunities and impediments to increasing public transport patronage with a view to reducing greenhouse emissions and other relevant matters; and

            IV.      an assessment and report of the feasibility and cost and benefits of the following proposals (to include the benefit to car users who remain on the road network, road crash cost savings, benefits to car drivers who shift to public transport, revenue, journey time savings, emission reductions, noise reductions, avoided car ownership) -

(a)        the introduction of a high speed passenger train service between Adelaide and Angaston to service the Barossa tourist area, with a report on the feasibility of co-use leasing or of purchasing the current line from Gawler to Angaston from GWA to restore rail coverage to Lyndoch, Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston;

(b)        the introduction of a passenger train service between Adelaide and Mount Barker via either the duplication of a broad gauge line from Belair to Mount Barker or conversion of the Belair metropolitan train line to standard gauge during scheduled re-sleepering works in such a way that the metropolitan line can reconnect with the standard gauge ARTC line from Mount Barker to restore rail coverage to Mount Barker, Littlehampton, Balhannah, Bridgewater, Aldgate and Stirling;

(c)        the re-laying of the now defunct Northfield line to include “Park and Ride” stations at Port Wakefield Road and Main North Road, and to provide high-speed passenger rail coverage to the suburbs of Gepps Cross, Pooraka, Walkley Heights, Northfield, Gilles Plains, Ingle Farm and Valley View;

(d)        the relaying of the now defunct southern suburbs line from Reynella to Huntfield Heights (known as the “Willunga line”), with an investigation as to the feasibility of using either the old corridor from Hallett Cove station, or of alternatively linking viable portions of the old corridor to a new line extending from Tonsley station to provide high-speed rail coverage to Sheidow Park, Trott Park, Fountain Valley, Reynella, Woodcroft, Morphett Vale, Hackham, and Huntfield Heights (and provide new coverage to Flinders University and Medical Centre, Darlington, and O’Halloran Hill should the line extend from Tonsley station);

(e)        costs and feasibility of providing high-speed rail services from Adelaide to Aldinga via a restored Willunga rail line and the feasibility of re-using the existing but defunct Willunga line bridge over the Onkaparinga River as an alternative to a new extension and new bridge from Noarlunga to restore rail coverage to Seaford and provide new coverage to Aldinga; and

(f)         the re-instatement of regular regional passenger rail services, including services to Murray Bridge, Victor Harbor, Whyalla, Mt. Gambier and Broken Hill;

        and such report to include any other factors or recommendations that the Committee deems appropriate, along with a summary of submissions provided in response to a request for community input regarding each proposal.

                 Debate resumed.

                 Question put and passed

 

South Australia’s
Transport Needs -
Environment, Resources and Development Committee to
inquire into -
Motion re.

 

  14.

Ordered - That Orders of the Day (Private Business) No. 5 to No. 10 be Orders of the Day for Wednesday, 18 June 2008.

 

Postponement
of Business.

  15.

The Council, according to order, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole for the further consideration of the Statutes Amendment (Ethical Investment - State Superannuation) Bill.

 

In the Committee

 

                          Clauses No. 1 to No. 3 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 4 read.

                 The Hon. D.G.E. Hood moved on page 3, lines 12 and 13, to leave out all words in these lines after “consideration of” in line 12 and insert the following:

                          “—

                  (a)    the impact of the investments on society and the environment; or

                  (b)    issues of conscience generally recognised within the community.”.

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

                          Clause No. 4 agreed to.

                          Clauses No. 5 to No. 13 agreed to.

                          Title agreed to.

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                 The President resumed the Chair, and reported that the Committee had considered the Bill and had agreed to the same without amendment; whereupon the Council adopted such report.

                 The Minister for Emergency Services, pursuant to contingent notice, moved - That the Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable the Bill to pass through its remaining stages without delay.

                 Question put and passed.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell then moved - That this Bill be now read a third time.

                 Question put.

Statutes Amendment
(Ethical  Investment -
State  Superannuation)
Bill.

 

             Council divided:

Ayes, 10

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. R. D. Lawson

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink

The Hon. R. I. Lucas

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

      So it was resolved in the affirmative.

 

Noes, 5

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. M. Gazzola

The Hon. P. Holloway

The Hon. I. K. Hunter

The Hon. C. Zollo (Teller)

 

 

 

                 Bill read a third time.

                 Resolved - That this Bill do now pass.

 

 

16.

Ordered - That all remaining Orders of the Day (Private Business) be Orders of the Day for Wednesday, 18 June 2008.

 

Postponement
of Business.

  17.

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 2008-2009 Budget Increases across the South Australian Justice System.

 

Ministerial
Statement Tabled.

18.

The Minister for Environment and Conservation, pursuant to notice, moved - That she have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to make provision for the treatment, care and rehabilitation of persons with serious mental illness with the goal of bringing about their recovery as far as is possible; to confer powers to make orders for community treatment, or detention and treatment, of such persons where required; to provide protections of the freedom and legal rights of mentally ill persons; to repeal the Mental Health Act 1993; and for other purposes.

                 Question put and passed.

                 Bill introduced and read a first time.

                 The Minister for Environment and Conservation then moved - That this Bill be now read a second time.

                 On motion of the Hon. J.M.A. Lensink, the debate was adjourned until next day of sitting.

 

Mental Health Bill.

19.

On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question - That the WorkCover Corporation (Governance Review) Amendment Bill be now read a second time:

                 Debate resumed.

                 On motion of the Hon. J. M. Gazzola, the debate was adjourned until next day of sitting.

 

WorkCover
Corporation
(Governance Review)
Amendment Bill.

20.

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. 14 further considered and agreed to.

                          Clause No. 15 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 17, lines 30 to 40, and page 18, lines 1 to 6, to leave out paragraphs (a), (b) and (c).

                 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 motion.

 

Workers
Rehabilitation and
Compensation
(Scheme Review)
Amendment Bill.

  21.

The Minister for Police, by leave, tabled a copy of a Ministerial Statement made by the Attorney-General concerning the 150th Anniversary of Torrens Title.

 

Ministerial
Statement Tabled.

22.

At 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.

 

23.

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. 15, which the Hon. M. C. Parnell had moved to amend on page 17, lines 30 to 40, and page 18, lines 1 to 6, by leaving out paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) - further considered.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

Workers
Rehabilitation and
Compensation
(Scheme Review)
Amendment Bill.

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 3

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 12

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. 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 18, lines 13 to 15, to leave out paragraph (e).

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

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 19, line 16, after “despite the disability” to insert “and that the Corporation can demonstrate is reasonably available to the worker in his or her particular circumstances”.

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

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 20, lines 6 to 43, page 21, lines 1 to 43, and page 22, lines 1 to 11, to leave out sections 35B and 35C.

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

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 20, lines 14 and 15, to leave out paragraph (b) and lines 33 and 34, to leave out paragraph (b).

                 Question - That the amendments be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 3

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 12

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. 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 21, lines 16 to 22, to leave out subsection (2) and insert the following:

     “(2)      The Corporation is to determine that the worker’s entitlement to weekly payments under this Division does not cease, as contemplated by subsection (1), if the Corporation is satisfied—

      (a)       that the worker is in employment and that because of the compensable disability the worker is incapable of undertaking further or additional employment or work which would increase the worker's current weekly earnings; or

      (b)      that the worker is in employment and that the worker is taking reasonable steps to secure further or additional employment or work up to his or her level of work capacity; or

      (c)       that the employer from whose employment the disability arose is in breach of section 58B on account of not providing suitable employment for the worker under the requirements of that section (unless that section does not apply (or has ceased to apply) in the particular case); or

      (d)      that the worker has participated to a reasonable extent in any rehabilitation programs provided by the Corporation for the purposes of this Act and that further rehabilitation under this Act is reasonably likely to increase the worker's level of work capacity.”.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 21, lines 30 and 31, to delete “subsection (2) on the ground that the Corporation is not satisfied under the requirements of that subsection” and substitute “paragraph (a) of subsection (2) on the ground that the Corporation is not satisfied under the requirements of that paragraph”.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 22, lines 7 and 8, to delete “matters specified in” and substitute “ground or grounds on which the entitlement arose under”.

                 Question - That the amendments be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 2

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 12

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 15 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 16 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 22, after line 25, to insert the following:

              (2a)   Section 36(1b)—after paragraph (b) insert:

or

(c)    by virtue only of resigning from employment to undertake study or other employment or work.”.

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

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 23, lines 19 to 36, and page 24, lines 1 to 25, to leave out subclause (8) and insert the following:

           “(8)      Section 36(4)(b)—delete ", arbitration"

           (8a)      Section 36(4a)—delete subsection (4a)”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 3

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 12

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. 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 24, lines 36 to 42, and page 25, lines 1 to 29, to leave out subsections (15), (16) and (17).

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

                 Clause No. 16 agreed to.

                 Clause No. 17 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 26, lines 1 and 2, to leave out “a designated manner and a designated form” and insert “the prescribed manner and form”.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 26, line 4, to leave out “a designated form” and insert “the prescribed form”.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 26, lines 28 and 29, to leave out “a designated form” and insert “the prescribed form”.

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

                          Clause No. 17 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 18 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 19 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 20 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 27, after line 7, to insert the following:

          “(ab)     providing advice as to the changes in rates of remuneration that are relevant to the operation of subsection (2)(a)(i); and”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 3

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 12

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 20 agreed to.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 27, after line 22, to insert new clause 20A as follows:

20A—Insertion of section 40A

After section 40 insert:

40A—Superannuation

      (1)       For each payment of compensation under this Division, there will be taken to be a liability to pay an amount into a superannuation fund as if the compensation constituted a payment of wages to the worker.

      (2)       In connection with the operation of subsection (1)—

      (a)       the liability under that subsection must be satisfied by—

       (i)       if the worker is in employment—the worker's employer or, if the worker has 2 or more employers, the worker's employers in proportions determined by agreement between them or, in default of agreement, by the Corporation; and

      (ii)       if the worker is not in employment—the Corporation; and

      (b)      the amount of the liability, and the superannuation fund into which the amount must be paid, will be determined in accordance with the regulations.

      (3)       A superannuation fund under subsection (2)(b) must provide a reasonable level of superannuation after taking into account prevailing community standards.”.

                 Question - That new clause 20A, as proposed to be inserted, be so inserted - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 3

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 13

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 21 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 22 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 27, after line 26, to insert the following:

“(a1)    Section 42(1)—delete "the worker and the Corporation" and substitute:

                                       an eligible worker and the relevant self‑insured employer”.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 3

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 12

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. 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 27, lines 28 to 36, and page 28, lines 1 to 7, to leave out subclause (2) and insert the following:

     “(2)      Section 42(2)(c)—delete paragraph (c)

      (3)       Section 42(4)—delete "the Corporation notifies a worker" and substitute:

a self‑insured employer notifies an eligible worker

      (4)       Section 42(4)—delete "the Corporation" and substitute:

the self‑insured employer

      (5)       Section 42(5)—delete "the Corporation" and substitute:

the self‑insured employer

      (6)       Section 42—after subsection (9) insert:

     (9a)      In addition, a designated worker (being, if the worker is also an eligible worker, a worker who has not obtained a redemption under a preceding subsection) is entitled to a capital payment to redeem all liabilities referred to in subsection (1) if the worker has received competent professional advice about the consequences of redemption.

     (9b)     The amount paid on a redemption under subsection (9a) will be determined after taking into account and applying (as relevant)—

      (a)       discounting and other factors prescribed by the regulations; and

      (b)      if the Corporation thinks fit—the advice of an actuary nominated by the Corporation.

      (7)       Section 42—after subsection (11) insert:

     (12)      In this section—

designated worker means a worker (whether or not an eligible worker) who has been paid compensation under this Division on account of an incapacity for work arising in respect of a particular compensable disability for a period exceeding 130 weeks (whether consecutive or not);

eligible worker means a worker whose entitlement to compensation arose from employment by a self‑insured employer.”.

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

                 The Hon. J. A. Darley moved on page 27, lines 28 to 36, and page 28, lines 1 to 7, to leave out subclause (2) and insert the following:

     “(2)      Section 42—after subsection (11) insert:

     (12)      An agreement must not be entered into under this section if it is inconsistent with the Redemption Guidelines.

     (13)      The Redemption Guidelines will not apply to self‑insured employers.

     (14)      In this section—

Redemption Guidelines means guidelines published by the Minister from time to time in the Gazette for the purposes of this section”.

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

                          Clause No. 22 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 23 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 motion.

 

 

24.

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

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

 

Suspension and
Resumption of
Sitting.

 

25.

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. 23 further considered and agreed to.

                          Clause No. 24 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 28, line 22, to leave out “Schedule 3” and insert “Schedule 2A”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

Workers
Rehabilitation and
Compensation
(Scheme Review)
Amendment Bill.

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 3

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 12

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. 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 28, lines 25 to 28, to leave out subsections (4) and (5).

                 The Hon. J. A. Darley moved on page 28, lines 25 to 28, to leave out subsections (4) and (5) and insert the following

     “(4)      An entitlement does not arise under this section if—

      (a)       in any case of permanent impairment other than psychiatric impairment—the worker's degree of impairment is less than 5%;

      (b)      in the case of permanent psychiatric impairment—the worker's degree of impairment is less than 10%.”.

                 Question - That subsections (4) and (5), as proposed to be struck out by the Hon. M. C. Parnell and the Hon. J. A. Darley, stand as printed - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 12

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

      So it was resolved in the affirmative.

 

Noes, 3

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 24 agreed to.

 

 

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And it being twelve of the clock:

THURSDAY 5 JUNE 2008

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                 Clause No. 25 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 32, after line 19, to insert the following:

                          “(7a)    Section 44—after subsection (7) insert:

     (7a)      For the purposes of this section, a person with a physical or mental disability under the care of the worker (and dependent, at least to some extent, on the worker) will be entitled to the same compensation under this section as the compensation payable to a dependent child (having regard to the extent of the person's dependency and on the basis that a reference in this section to a dependent child will be taken to include a reference to such a person).”.

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

                          Clause No. 25 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 26 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 27 read.

                The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 36, after line 10, to insert the following:

                           “(2a)    Section 46(3)(a)—delete "two weeks" and substitute:

                                       4 weeks

                           (2b)     Section 46(3)(b)—delete paragraph (b) and substitute:

          (b)   if the period of the incapacity is more than 4 weeks—for the first 4 weeks of the period of incapacity.

                           (2c)      Section 46(4)—delete "twice" and substitute:

                                       4 times”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 3

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 13

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 27 agreed to.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved - That the Committee report progress.

                 Question put and negatived.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 36, after line 22, to insert new clause 27A as follows:

27A—Amendment of section 47—Interest payable in consequence of delay

Section 47—after subsection (2) insert:

      (3)       The interest rate prescribed under subsection (1) will be doubled if it becomes apparent that the Corporation has made a determination (including so as not to make a weekly payment) that was incapable of being reasonably justified in the circumstances.”.

                 Question - That new clause 27A, as proposed to be inserted, be so inserted - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 4

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 12

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 28 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 29 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 38, lines 1 and 2, to leave out “the employer or the Corporation may decide to” and insert “the Corporation may”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 2

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 14

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                 The Hon. S. M. Kanck moved - That the Committee report progress.

                 Question put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 2

The Hon. M. C. Parnell

The Hon. S. M. Kanck (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 14

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. 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 38, line 13, to leave out “designated” and insert “prescribed”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 2

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 13

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 38, line 23, to leave out “designated” and insert “prescribed”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 2

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 14

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. 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 38, line 30, to leave out “designated” and insert “prescribed”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 2

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 14

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                 Question - That Clause No. 29 be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 14

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

      So it was resolved in the affirmative.

 

Noes, 2

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 29 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 30 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 31 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 39, lines 37 and 38, to leave out subclause (1).

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

                          Clause No. 31 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 32 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 40, after line 18, to insert new section as follows:

           “(2)   Section 53—after subsection (8) insert:

      (9)       If the claim of a worker is rejected, the worker is still entitled to the reimbursement of any costs reasonably incurred by the worker in providing a certificate under section 52(1)(c) or any other medical evidence required by the Corporation in connection with the claim unless the Corporation believes that the worker has acted dishonestly in making the claim or providing information for the purposes of this Division or any other provisions of this Act (and a liability to make a reimbursement under this subsection will be taken to be a liability to pay compensation for the purposes of the other provisions of this Act).”.

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

                          Clause No. 32 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 33 read.

                 The Hon. M. C. Parnell moved on page 40, after line 23, to insert the following:

           “(3)   Section 54—after subsection (7) insert:

    (7aa)     A right of recovery may only be exercised by a claimant under subsection (7) if the claimant has taken reasonable steps to take responsibility for the injured party's reasonable costs associated with exercising his or her rights against the wrongdoer.”.

                 Question - That the amendment be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 4

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      So it passed in the negative.

 

Noes, 12

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

 

 

 

                          Clauses No. 33 agreed to.

                          Clauses No. 34 and No. 35 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 36 read.

                 Question - That Clause No. 36 be agreed to - put.

 

 

             Committee divided:

Ayes, 13

The Hon. J. A. Darley

The Hon. B. V. Finnigan

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. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. S. G. Wade

The Hon. R. P. Wortley

The Hon. C. Zollo

The Hon. P. Holloway (Teller)

      So it was resolved in the affirmative.

 

Noes, 3

The Hon. D.G.E. Hood

The Hon. S. M. Kanck

The Hon. M. C. Parnell (Teller)

 

 

 

 

                          Clause No. 36 agreed to.

                          Clauses No. 37 to No. 43 agreed to.

                          Clause No. 44 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.

 

 

26.

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

Message No. 103

                 MR. PRESIDENT - The House of Assembly has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, entitled an Act to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1985, with the amendments indicated by the annexed Schedule, to which amendments the House of Assembly desires the concurrence of the Legislative Council.

House of Assembly, 4 June 2008.                                                                     J. J. SNELLING, Speaker.

 

Schedule of the amendments made by the House of Assembly

Amendment No. 1–

Clause 12, page 8, lines 24 and 25—

Clause 12, inserted section 28(5), definition of qualified person—delete “the training prescribed in the regulations as relevant to their conditions of employment” and substitute:

training as prescribed by the regulations

Amendment No. 2–

Clause 20, page 18, line 23—

Clause 20, inserted section 43A—delete “the action” and substitute:

any action

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:
Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals
(Animal Welfare)
Amendment Bill..

 

 

Message No. 104

                 MR. PRESIDENT - The House of Assembly has agreed to the Bill returned herewith, entitled an Act to amend the Environment Protection Act 1993, without any amendment.

House of Assembly, 4 June 2008.                                                                     J. J. SNELLING, Speaker.

 

Environment
Protection (Board
 of Authority)
Amendment Bill.

 

27.

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

 

Postponement
of Business.

 

28.

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

 

Next Day
of Sitting.

 

29.

Council adjourned at two minutes to two 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. 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