SOUTH AUSTRALIA]

No. 1

 

 

MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

 

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

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FOURTH  SESSION  OF  THE  FORTY-NINTH  PARLIAMENT

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WEDNESDAY  4  OCTOBER  2000

 

 

 

    1.

Council met pursuant to Proclamation published in the Government Gazette of 10 August 2000.

                 At twelve o’clock noon, the Clerk read the Proclamation, as under:

 

Proclamation By The Governor

 

                 (L.S.)         E. J. Neal

 

PURSUANT  to section 6(1) of the Constitution Act 1934 and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, I -

 

(a)     fix 12.00 noon on 4 October 2000 as the time for holding the Fourth Session of the Forty-Ninth Parliament; and

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

(c)     summon the Parliament to meet for the despatch 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, 10 August 2000.

 

                                                                                              By command,

                                                                                                              MARK BRINDAL, for Premier.

 

Meeting of
Council.

   2.

The Governor (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.

 

Governor’s
Speech.

 

         Today we enter a landmark Parliamentary Session for this State.  It is a landmark because we are on the verge of celebrating the Federation of our great nation.  And in doing so we mark the achievements we have made together as a society over the last 100 years.

         Over recent years we have faced many challenges and my Government has responded with an approach to turn these challenges into opportunities.

         This applies to sectors such as our manufacturing industry, in which we were the only State in Australia to increase the total number of people employed, and our defence industry in which we have secured vital funding for local jobs whilst ownership details concerning the Australian Submarine Corporation are yet to be finalised by the Commonwealth Government.

         Since my Government was re-elected to a second term in 1997 its priority has been to deliver to all South Australians a society which enjoys growth and provides security and greater certainty.

         As we approach this coming session, and as we embark on a new era into a second century of our Federation, my Government intends to continue to deliver to South Australians a future which emphasises quality of life.

         As we enter this new era it is also important to reflect upon the recent past and how far we, as South Australians, have come by working together.

         We have been in a recovery mode and significant recovery has been the result of patience and hard work by everyone.  Everyone deserves the credit.  All South Australians have done their part in turning our State’s fortunes around.

         My Government believes it is now in a position to implement policies which build on the momentum that has been created, and to secure the future for each and every one of us.

         Over the last year South Australia has recorded the strongest economic growth in the nation between June quarters.  It is against this economic backdrop that we are enabled to improve our social well-being in areas such as education, health and safety.  This economic prosperity is important in defining who we are and how far we have come as a State.

         For my Government, it is about giving people opportunities that they might otherwise not have had.  It is about giving our children the best opportunity to secure a job in an industry which will be in this State for the long term.  And it is about giving the parents of those children the security of knowing their children do have a future in South Australia.

         For my Government, it means better schools, better hospitals, better roads, a cleaner environment, and a move toward a future where we are a more compassionate, just society.  The policies and legislation which will be outlined and introduced over the course of this Parliamentary Session will demonstrate my Government’s commitment to achieving a balance between economic gain and social justice.

         My Government has always recognised that to achieve social justice, it first had to get the economic fundamentals right.  It first had to deliver on its promise to reduce the State’s debt.  In doing so - it has created the conditions for long term security and certainty for South Australians.  No longer do the people of this State have to carry the burden of excessive debt.

         My Government expects to have almost halved in real terms total public sector net debt by the end of 2001, compared with June 30 last year.  The 2000-2001 Budget continued the Government’s commitment to its four-year financial plan, as set out in the 1998-99 Budget.

         The Budget is balanced in cash terms over the forecast period, which means the non-commercial sector capital investment program is fully funded each year without borrowing.  The leasing of the electricity assets meant there was no need to introduce the power bill increase proposed in the 1999-2000 Budget.

         My Government expects a net benefit of more than $100 million to be realised in 2000-2001 from the disposal of electricity assets, which is the difference between interest savings on debt and the loss of dividends and tax payments from the relevant entities.  Through its major asset management program, my Government has been able to retire debt, reduce the annual interest burden and reduce the exposure of the budget to fluctuating interest rates and the inherent risks of the national electricity market.

         The staged electricity disposal program, which has formed an important priority for the Government, is now nearing completion - with the disposal of six of the seven electricity businesses completed.  The disposal of the retail, distribution, generation and transmission assets, including the recent leasing of Flinders Power and ElectraNet SA has realised gross proceeds of some 5.3 billion dollars, with net proceeds being progressively applied towards the retirement of State debt.  This concludes the disposal of the State’s major power assets, with the only remaining electricity asset to be sold being the gas trading business, Terra Gas trader.

         My Government will continue to pursue sound fiscal policies designed to reduce public sector debt, while maintaining a competitive tax regime and providing a high level of service to the community.

 

 

 

         Our State’s competitive position is underlined by the reduction of Workcover costs to business of 7.5 per cent on average, and by our industrial relations record, which is second to none.

         When I opened the parliamentary session last year I reported that South Australia had recorded the second highest level of growth of all the States and Territories.  Now we have recorded the strongest growth.  Our State is firmly in front and my Government has clearly met its goal of reducing debt.  The next step in my Government’s direction is to ensure our children of today have all the skills they require for employment in the future.

         My Government is committed to ensuring that our education system meets the demands of this new century.  That has meant looking at how we educate our children and deciding to do it in a different manner.

         My Government has introduced what it regards as the highly successful Partnerships 21 scheme. This innovative program is giving all parents, businesses and communities the opportunity to become involved in the local management of their schools and preschools.  The early success of Partnerships 21 indicates that South Australians do want to be involved in their schools, and many of those schools do want extra freedom and responsibilities.  We must never forget that these reforms are aimed at producing one result - better learning for our children.  Almost half of the State’s schools have signed up to be a part of this initiative.

 

 

         My Government has made education one of its key priorities, for it believes that if the right educational foundations are provided, our children are well placed to make a valuable contribution to our society.

         Advancing South Australia’s reputation as a leader in the provision of education and children’s services underpins this priority.

         The South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework will be introduced in South Australian government schools at the beginning of the 2001 school year. This follows the largest single curriculum consultation process ever undertaken in South Australia.

         The Framework will better define the curriculum from birth to Year 12; thereby making it easier for teachers to plan, teach and report on student progress.  Parents will be better able to determine how their children are progressing throughout their schooling.  The framework includes a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and information technology.

         The Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategy reflects a commitment to a renewed focus on improving literacy and numeracy outcomes for all learners, young and mature.  We want our children to read, write and do their sums well.  My Government’s aim is to improve literacy and numeracy levels for students in years 3 and 5 as part of a national literacy and numeracy plan.

         While the strategy relates to all learners, it specifically acknowledges the particular needs of:

·        learners from low socio-economic backgrounds;

·        Aboriginal learners;

·        adult learners;

·        learners with disabilities;

·        learners from culturally and linguistically diverse heritages; and

·        male and female learners.

         Science and mathematics education is also a key priority for the Government. My Government has committed $10.8 million towards building Australia’s first specialist science and mathematics secondary school within the Flinders University precinct.  The school will be a State and national focal point for teaching, professional development and research aimed at boosting science and mathematics in secondary schools and transforming students’ attitudes to these areas as career paths.

         My Government believes its commitment to educating our young people is unparalleled. But my Government also recognises that there is more to creating security and certainty than simply providing an educational framework, which will bring out the best in all of our students.

         It is also necessary to have in place policies to encourage our young people to not only enter the workforce - but to remain there, in a job that will provide them with security and certainty.

         Through the year to August, South Australia recorded employment growth of 2.4 per cent and full-time employment growth of 3.8 per cent.  South Australia now has a record number of people in jobs - 683,300 in August - and the lowest unemployment rate since July 1990.

 

 

 

         My Government will continue to make employment growth across the State its first priority, for it believes that the surest way to provide security and certainty is through the creation of a work ethic and that means there must be jobs available for those who want them.

         One area to which the Government is giving particular attention is the level of employment in regional South Australia.  My Government is committed to working with local communities to address key regional concerns.  The Regional Employment Strategy provides regions with the flexibility and autonomy to tailor initiatives to meet their unique regional employment needs. Regional Development Boards have been allocated almost $2 million to implement the strategy and to assist economic development.  It is anticipated that 1,656 positions will be created across South Australia through this strategy.

         To consolidate the future of skill development within the State’s building and construction industry, my Government will, in this session of Parliament, introduce a Bill to amend the Construction Industry Training Fund Act 1993.  The purpose of the Bill is to amend a range of definitional and operational matters associated with the business of collecting and distributing the construction industry-training levy.  For instance, by raising the current levy threshold from $5000 to $15,000 my Government seeks to alleviate an unnecessary administrative burden on small business and private home-owners as well as minimise administrative overheads.  It is anticipated that this will reduce administration and paperwork by 27% while only reducing the estimated income collected by 3%.

         To assist young South Australians prepare for the challenges of employment my Government has commenced Active8.  This scheme will involve partnerships between schools, communities, youth organisations and young people.  It will promote self-reliance, self-confidence, voluntary work, leadership and community service among young people.

         In providing a framework for educating and employing South Australians, my Government is also focussing its attention on the critical areas of health and personal and community safety. My Government believes there can be peace of mind only if we are all secure in the knowledge that we have a world class health system.  It is also my Government’s belief that all South Australians deserve to feel safe in their own homes and in their own communities.

 

 

         In the area of Human Services, effective treatment for people with a mental illness is a key priority of my government.  Under the leadership of the new Director of Mental Health, the reorganisation and strengthening of mental health services in South Australia is underway.

         More supported accommodation in the community and a new crisis intervention team for the southern suburbs are part of this plan.  Other parts include enhanced mental health services for adolescents, training programs and education for mental health staff, integration of mental health services within rural health networks and the development of a new role for Glenside Hospital which will specialise in mental health rehabilitation services.

         Another key priority is the promotion of safety and quality in South Australian hospitals.  A Hospitals Safety and Quality Council has been established and major programs are underway in each hospital to reduce the number of medical errors.  Part of this reform will be the thorough investigation of complaints.  A new Health Complaints Bill will ensure that complaints are independently investigated and resolved for patients in both the public and the private health care systems.

         In other initiatives, public dental services have been boosted, more funds have been allocated for homeless people, Foodbank has been established in South Australia, and a new partnership agreement has been signed between the State Government and the Churches to provide housing for people with special needs.

         My Government will continue to give priority to the development of services and support for people with disabilities.

         The level of funding allocated to disability services is $173.9 million, the highest ever. 
A new Disability Services Framework will set the future directions for the provision of disability services in South Australia and will ensure that resources are equitably distributed so that people with disabilities have opportunities to lead active and fulfilling lives.

         As our State has a higher proportion of persons aged over 65 of any State or Territory, my Government will continue to support programs which build on the theme “Positive Ageing” by encouraging older citizens to participate in community activities and life-long learning.

         My Government will continue to place great emphasis on ensuring the personal security and safety of all South Australians through the reform of the criminal law, adequate resourcing of police and innovative crime prevention strategies and programs, working in close co-operation with communities.

 

 

 

         My Government will continue with its proposal to amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow for the introduction of a police drug diversion scheme to deal with drug offences relating to the possession or use of minor amounts of illicit drugs. It strongly believes that the new scheme, which will allow diversion to education, assessment and treatment when a person is apprehended, will provide yet another effective option to make our community safer.

         In addition, the Regulations under the Summary Offences Act relating to Prohibited Weapons and Dangerous Articles have now been finalised and will be laid before Parliament shortly.  The Summary Offences (Offensive and Other Weapons) Amendment Act 1998 and the regulations will come into operation in December. They provide a comprehensive framework for dealing with prohibited weapons for the first time and dangerous articles.

         My Government and the community are immensely proud of our South Australian Police Service.  Citizens take comfort from seeing police in their communities.

         To ensure that the Police have the capacity to provide improved levels of service particularly in local areas, my Government has provided $3.1m extra funding this year, increasing to $8.2m in 2004/5, which will allow for the recruitment of an additional 113 police. In addition, my Government has agreed to the recruitment of an extra 27 non-police personnel to assist in the administration of policing activities.  This will maximise the time available for community policing in both the metropolitan area and country South Australia.  I am pleased to be able to indicate that recruitment for these police and non-police positions has now commenced.

 

 

         The resurgence of South Australia is about more than just budgets and statistics.  It is about building on our State’s reputation as a quality tourist destination for interstate and international visitors while at the same time protecting our natural wonders and enhancing one of the best lifestyles found anywhere in the world.  My Government is making great strides in all these areas.

         South Australia’s tourism industry, in 1999, generated $3.1 billion in expenditure and supported 36,000 full-time equivalent jobs and is providing immense opportunities for economic and employment growth across our State.

         High profile major events continue to be vitally important in attracting visitors to our State, acting as major drawcards and gaining extensive media exposure.  The inaugural International Rose Festival, to be held later this month, is one such event, and December’s Le Mans “Race of  a Thousand Years” is another.  Last month’s Olympic Football Tournament is another shining example of maximising the potential of ‘one-off’ major events.  South Australia hosted seven successful football matches and we all had an opportunity to be part of Olympic history.

         In the area of the environment and water resources, my Government believes that the quality of life for all South Australians will depend upon the sustainable management of the State’s water resources.

         My Government has released the State Water Plan 2000, which sets out the strategic policy direction for sustainable use and management of South Australia’s water resources over the next five years.

         My Government will introduce amendments to the Water Resources Act 1997 in the present Parliamentary session, so that threats to natural water resources from significant and dramatic landuse, can be managed.  This will provide greater security and certainty to those who have a direct interest in the result, including the plantation forestry industry.

         My Government intends to proceed with the preparation of a draft Natural Resource Management Bill.  The Bill will seek to respond to Commonwealth Government initiatives such as the National Discussion Paper “Managing Natural Resources in Rural Australia for a Sustainable Future”.  It advocates the streamlining of existing administrative arrangements through the formation of regional bodies with responsibility for coordinating community input into natural resource management strategies.

         My Government is opposed to the dumping of long-lived intermediate and high level radioactive waste, such as reprocessed fuel rods, in this State.  It has introduced legislation to prohibit the establishment of a nuclear waste storage facility for this type of material in South Australia and intends to proceed further with that legislation.

         My Government also recognises the need to secure a system of assessments for those seeking approval under both the Commonwealth Act and State Assessment legislation in order to minimise duplication of procedures and increase certainty for proponents of mining and other developments.  Legislation for that purpose is being developed.  It will ensure that the relevant authority is empowered to accept assessment documentation prepared for the Commonwealth to satisfy all or part of its own assessment requirements.

 

 

 

         This measure mirrors the ‘one-stop’ shop assessment process provided for in the Development (System Improvement Program) Amendment Bill which the Government will reinstate in this Session.

         My Government believes that the greatest asset of this State is its people, in particular the large number of volunteers we have working in the community. As we head into the International Year of the Volunteers my government is taking a lead in acknowledging the invaluable contribution the volunteer sector makes to the South Australian community. This session we will develop draft legislation to consolidate and enhance protection for the many thousands of South Australians who contribute enormously to the State through their work as volunteers.  It is intended that a Volunteers Protection Bill will be introduced before Christmas.

         In the area of Aboriginal Affairs, my Government will continue to implement strategies which create an environment to support long term secure employment for Aboriginal people.

 

 

         My Government will introduce amendments to the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act, which will seek to achieve greater cooperation and a stronger working relationship between the State’s three Aboriginal landholding authorities.  As well, my Government will continue to promote practical reconciliation strategies.

         In the area of Minerals and Resources, my Government will introduce the Electrical Products Bill to provide for minimum energy performance standards.  The introduction of this Bill is an essential part of the measures required for Australia to meet its obligations under the Kyoto protocol. It will create a provision for energy efficiency labelling, certificates of suitability, offences relating to labels and prohibition of sale or use of unsafe electrical products.

         My Government will continue to play a leading role nationwide in road and marine safety.

         Legislation will be introduced to implement an alcohol ignition interlock scheme in South Australia - the first of its type in the nation.

         Amendments to the Harbours and Navigation Act 1993 will increase the penalty for boat owners who do not carry items of safety equipment which assist search and rescue endeavours by authorities.  Further amendments will encourage councils to enforce jet ski regulations.

         Meanwhile, my Government will continue to invest in projects to enhance transport infrastructure in South Australia.  Stage 2 of the Southern Expressway to Old Noarlunga, which is creating more than 1000 fulltime jobs, will be completed next year.  Planning is also progressing well for the construction of the Port River Expressway Project, the upgrade of regional roads which advance economic development and jobs and for the redevelopment of both the Adelaide Festival Centre and the State Library.

         As we move into a new era in our history - it is appropriate that we pursue the new industries of the new millennium.  With this in mind, my Government is at the forefront of the Information Economy.  It will pursue our Information Economy - Delivering the Future - a bold plan containing 21 initiatives for the 21st century.  This plan is about creating networks of people and building a connected community in which everyone within the community benefits, rather than a select few.  The most effective and compelling way to do this is to ensure that all South Australians are encouraged and have the opportunity to engage in the information economy locally, nationally and globally.

         And while my Government is pursuing the industries of the future, it has not neglected our traditional manufacturing and agricultural base.

         My Government will reintroduce the Industrial and Employee Relations Amendment Bill. This Bill will encourage a more productive, competitive and innovative business climate in South Australia - which in turn helps create the environment of security and certainty all South Australians deserve to have.

         This Session’s legislative program responds to the needs of our community.  It highlights my Government’s determination to first achieve economic security for all South Australians. Having achieved economic security, my Government believes it is now in a position to deliver social well-being to all South Australians.

         It is also appropriate that we remember and acknowledge the contribution of those individuals associated with the Parliament who have passed away in the last year.  Specifically I mention former Governors the Honourable Dame Roma Mitchell and Sir Mark Oliphant, and the former member for the former seat of Alexandra, the Hon David Brookman.  It was also with sadness we learnt of the death of the former Premier, The Hon. David Tonkin earlier this week.

 

 

 

         I now declare this Fourth Session of the Forty-Ninth Parliament open and trust that your deliberations will be guided by Divine Providence to the advancement of the welfare of the people of this State.

                                                                                                                                        Eric Neal, Governor.

        Parliament House,

        Adelaide.

        4 October 2000.

                 His Excellency retired from the Chamber.

                 The Members of the House of Assembly withdrew.

 

 

   3.

The President read prayers.

 

Prayers.

   4.

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

 

Commission to
Swear.

   5.

The President produced a letter from the Clerk of the Assembly of Members notifying that the Assembly of Members of both Houses of Parliament had elected Mr. R. K. Sneath to fill the vacancy in the Legislative Council caused by the resignation of the Hon. G. Weatherill.

                 The Oath of Allegiance was then administered to, and subscribed by, the Hon. R. K. Sneath who then signed the Roll pursuant to Standing Order No. 28.

 

Notification of
Election of
New Member -
Member Sworn -
Hon. R. K. Sneath.

 

   6.

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

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

 

Suspension and

Resumption of

Sitting.

 

   7.

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 August, 2000, of Senator John Andrew Quirke, 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 the place was filled pursuant to Section 15 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia by Geoffrey Frederick Buckland.  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 Fourth Session of the Forty-Ninth Parliament and before the expiration of the original term of John Andrew Quirke 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, 4 October 2000.                                                       E. J. NEAL, Governor.

                 The President informed the Council that he had conferred with The Hon. The Speaker of the House of Assembly concerning the arrangement to call a Joint Sitting of the two Houses for the purpose of complying with Section 15 of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act and that he had decided to issue notices to Members of both Houses of Parliament to attend a Joint Sitting in the Legislative Council Chamber at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 October 2000, for the purpose of filling the Senate vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator John Andrew Quirke.

 

Message from
Governor:
Senate Vacancy.

   8.

The Treasurer (The Hon. R. I. Lucas), by leave, moved -

                 That the Legislative Council expresses its deep regret at the death of Sir Mark Oliphant, AC, KBE, FRS. FAA, former Governor of South Australia, and places on record its appreciation of his distinguished public service.

                 And being supported by Honourable Members:

                 Motion carried in silence, Members rising in their places.

 

Death of Sir
Mark Oliphant,
AC, KBE, FRS, FAA.

 

   9.

The Treasurer (The Hon. R. I. Lucas), by leave, moved -

                 That the Legislative Council expresses its deep regret at the death of the Hon. David Tonkin, AO, MBBS (Adel.), DO, RCPS, former Premier of South Australia and Member of the House of Assembly, and places on record its appreciation of his distinguished public service.

                 And being supported by Honourable Members.

                 Motion carried in silence, Members rising in their places.

 

Death of Hon.
David Tonkin,
AO, MBBS (Adel.),
DO, RCPS.

 

10.

The Treasurer, by leave, moved - That as a mark of respect to their memory, the sitting of the Council be suspended until the ringing of the bells.

                 Question put and passed.

                 Sitting suspended at twenty-five minutes to five o’clock.

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

 

Suspension and
Resumption of
Sitting.

 

11.

The President made the following statement -

                 “It gives me much sorrow to have to inform the Members of the Legislative Council that our previous Clerk, Mr Clive Mertin, passed away suddenly on 31 August 2000 at the age of 68.  Clive’s untimely death came as a shock to us all.

                 Clive commenced his Parliamentary career in the Legislative Council as the Clerk of Papers and Records in 1960.  Prior to this, Clive served 4 years in the Royal Australian Navy, as well as in the Adelaide Office of the Orient Steam Navigation Company.  In 1967 Clive was appointed Second Clerk-Assistant and in 1978 he was appointed to the position of Clerk-Assistant and Usher of the Black Rod.  Clive was appointed Clerk of the Legislative Council in 1979, a position he held until his retirement in 1992.

                 Clive saw many changes in his career of some 32 years in the Legislative Council.  The Upper House went from being a House dominated by the Government Party to one in which neither major Party had majority control.  Clive was always a staunch defender of the institution of the Upper House and held the respect of Members and Staff who were associated with him.

                 For those of us who knew Clive personally, Clive displayed a marvellous sense of humour that is often needed in this place during long sitting periods.  Clive had a wealth of knowledge of the inner workings of the Council and of the Parliament.

                 I am sure his former colleagues will join with me in extending sympathy to Angela, his wife, and their two daughters, Shirley and Alexandra.”

 

President’s Statement re
Death of former
Clerk of
Legislative
Council.

 

12.

The President laid on the Table the Minutes of the Assembly of Members of the two Houses, held this day, to fill a vacancy in the Legislative Council caused by the resignation of The Hon.
G. Weatherill.

                 Ordered to be printed (Paper No. 186).

 

Legislative Council
Vacancy - Assembly
of Members of the
two Houses -
Minutes.

 

13.

 

The President laid on the Table the Report of the Legislative Review Committee concerning the Freedom of Information Act, which was authorised to be printed and published pursuant to section 17(7)(b) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1991 (Paper No. 185 of 1999-2000).

 

Legislative
Review
Committee -
Report on
Freedom of
Information Act.

 

  14.

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

        By the President -

                 Report of the Auditor-General and Treasurer’s Financial Statements, 1999-2000, Parts A and B.

                 Members’ Travel Expenditure, 1999-2000, pursuant to Members of Parliament Travel Entitlement Rules, 1983.

                 Register of Members’ Interests - June 2000 - Registrar’s Statement.

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

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

                 Report, 1998-1999 -

                          Border Groundwater Agreement Review Committee.

                 Reports, 1999 -

                          Adelaide University.

                          Flinders University of South Australia.

                          University of South Australia.

                 Reports, 1999-2000.

                          Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal.

 

Papers.

 

                          Gaming Machines Act 1992 - State Supply Board.

                          Government Boards and Committees Information.

                 Promotions and Grievance Appeals Tribunal Report.

                 Seventh Australian Masters Games.

                 Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Electricity Act 1996 - Industry.

                          Fees Act 1927 - Revocation.

                          Lottery and Gaming Act 1936 - Interpretation Variation.

                          Police Superannuation Act 1990 - Commutation.

                          Public Corporations Act 1993 - Adelaide Convention Centre Corporation.

                          Public Finance and Audit Act 1987 - Variation of Bodies

                          Superannuation Act 1988 - Miscellaneous Amendment.

                          Water Resources Act 1997 - Meters.

                 Flinders University of South Australia - Statute Amendments allowed by the Governor in 1999.

                 South Australian Motor Sport Board - Statement of Accounts for Year ended 30 June 2000.

                 University of South Australia - Financial Statements 1999.

        By the Attorney-General (The Hon. K. T. Griffin) -

                 Reports, 1999-2000.

                          Advisory Board of Agriculture.

                          Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia.

                 Evidence Act 1929 - Report Relating to Suppression of Orders.

                 Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Bail Act 1985 - Bail Application - Written Reasons.

                          Dairy Industry Act 1992 - Licence Fees.

                          Dangerous Substances Act 1979 - Application of C/W Regulations.

                          Daylight Saving Act 1971 - Summer Time 2000-2001.

                          Fisheries Act 1982 -

                                   Exotic Fish.

                                   General.

                                   Miscellaneous.

                                   Prawn Fisheries Variation.

                          Mining Act 1971 -Private Mines.

                          Petroleum Act 2000 - Principal.

                          Petroleum Products Subsidy Act 1965 - Customs.

                          Recreation Grounds (Regulation) Act 1931 - Hindmarsh Stadium.

                          Sexual Reassignment Act 1988 - Principal.

                          Sheriff’s Act 1978 - Items on Premises.

                          Subordinate Legislation Act 1978 - Postponement of Expiry.

                          Valuation of Land Act 1971 - Fixtures.

                          Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 -

                                   Crown Agencies.

                                   Dispute Resolution - Payment of GST.

                                   General Payment of GST.

                                   Reviews and Appeals - Payment of GST.

                 Rules of Court -

                          District Court - District Court Act 1991 -

                                   Amendment No. 28 - Person Under Disability.

                                   Amendment No. 29 - Application of Schedules.

                          Magistrates Court - Magistrates Court (Civil) Rules -

                                   Amendment No. 16 - Erratum.

                          Supreme Court - Supreme Court Act 1935 -

                                   Amendment No. 74 - Interest Rate Change.

                                   Amendment No. 75 - GST Costs.

                                   Amendment No. 76 - Registry Hours.

                                   Amendment No. 77 - Interest Rate Application.

                          Supreme Court - Supreme Court Criminal Rules -

                                   Amendment No. 10 - Performance Indicators.

                 Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Videotapes - Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995.

                 National Classification Code - Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995.

 

 

 

                 Public Corporations Act 1993 - Ministerial Direction - South Australian Ports Corporation.

                 Summary Offences Act 1953 -

                          Dangerous Area Declarations - 1 April 2000 - 30 June 2000.

                          Road Block Establishment Authorisations - 1 April 2000 - 30 June 2000.

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

                 Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Conveyancers Act 1994 - Cheques Exemption.

                          Land Agents Act 1994 - Cheques Exemption.

                          Liquor Licensing Act 1997 - Dry Areas - Long Term -

                                   Barmera.

                                   Clare and Gilbert Valleys.

                                   Port Adelaide.

                                   Victor Harbor.

                          Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Electricians Act 1995 - Smith’s Snackfood.

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

                 Reports, 1999-2000.

                          Booleroo Centre District Hospital and Health Services Inc.

                          Boundary Adjustment Facilitation Panel.

                          Dental Board of South Australia.

                          Land Board.

                          Local Government Finance Authority.

                          Local Government Grants Commission South Australia.

                          Physiotherapists Board of South Australia.

                          Reserve Planning and Management Advisory Committee.

                          South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Council.

                          Wildlife Advisory Committee.

                 Reports -

                          Berri-Barmera - General Review and Consolidation Plan Amendment Plan Amendment Report.

                          Interim Operation of the City of Norwood, Payneham and St. Peters, - Kensington and Norwood (City) Development Plan, Local Heritage (Built Heritage) Review Plan Amendment.

                          Interim Operation of the Hills Face Zone Amendment Plan Report.

                          Interim Operation of the Telecommunications Facilities Statewide Policy Framework Plan Amendment Report.

                 Regulations under the following Acts -

                          Adoption Act 1988 - Age.

                          Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Act 1978 - Admission Charges.

                          Coast Protection Act 1972 -

                                   Eyre.

                                   Fleurieu.

                                   Kangaroo Island.

                                   Metropolitan.

                                   South East.

                                   Spencer.

                                   Yorke.

                          Controlled Substances Act 1984 -

                                   Expiation of Offences.

                                   Poisons.

                                   Prohibited Substances.

                          Development Act 1993 - Telecommunications Facilities.

                          Environment Protection Act 1993 - Weighbridge.

                          Local Government Finance Authority Act 1983 - Prescribed Bodies.

                          Local Government (Implementation) Act 1999 - Public Consultation.

                          Motor Vehicles Act 1959 -

                                   Accident Towing Roster Scheme.

                                   Fees Recovery.

                                   Passing Emergency Vehicles.

                          National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 -

                                   Administrative.

                                   Royalty.

                          Occupational Therapists Act 1974 - Prescribed Qualifications.

 

 

 

                          Passenger Transport Act 1994 - Exclusions from Accreditation.

                          Racing Act 1976 - The Authority.

                          Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982 - Ionising Radiation.

                          Road Traffic Act 1961 -

                                   Emergency Workers.

                                   Hospitals for Compulsory Blood Test.

                                   Inspection Fees.

                                   No U-Turn Signs.

                          South Australian Health Commission Act 1976 - Private Hospitals.

                 Local Government Elections - May 2000.

 

 

15.

The Treasurer tabled Interim Report of the Select Committee on Internet and Interactive Home Gambling and Gambling by other means of Telecommunication in South Australia, together with Minutes of Evidence.

                 Ordered - That the Report be printed.  (Paper No. 180)

 

Select Committee on Internet and Interactive Home Gambling and Gambling by other means of Telecommunication in South Australia - Interim Report.

 

16.

The Hon. L. H. Davis brought up the Annual Report of the Statutory Authorities Review Committee, 1999-2000.

                 Ordered - That the Report be printed.  (Paper No. 184)

 

Statutory
Authorities

Review Committee -
Report, 1999-2000.

 

17.

The Treasurer tabled a copy of a Ministerial Statement made by the Minister for Education, Children’s Services and Training (The Hon. M. R. Buckby M.P.) on the subject of Partnerships 21.

 

Paper Tabled.

18.

The Minister for Transport and Urban Planning tabled a copy of a Ministerial Statement made by the Minister for Local Government (The Hon. D. C. Kotz, M.P.) concerning Local Government Elected Representatives Register of Interests.

 

Paper Tabled.

19.

The Attorney-General, whilst making a Ministerial Statement, tabled the Report, 1999-2000, under section 5 of the Criminal Law (Undercover Operations) Act 1995.

 

Paper Tabled.

20.

The Attorney-General, whilst making a Ministerial Statement, tabled the Report on the operation of section 93AA of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.

 

Paper Tabled.

21.

The Attorney-General, by leave, moved - That Standing Order No. 14 be suspended.

                 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
Order No. 14.

 

22.

The Attorney-General, by leave, moved - That the Members of this Council appointed to the Joint Committee to address concerns of the Auditor-General re Electricity Businesses Disposal Process have power to act on the Joint Committee during the present Session.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Joint Committee
to address
concerns of the
Auditor-General
re Electricity
Businesses Disposal
Process.

 

23.

The Hon. A. J. Redford, by leave, moved - That the Members of this Council appointed to the Joint Committee on Transport Safety have power to act on the Joint Committee during the present Session.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Joint Committee
on Transport Safety.

 

24.

The Minister for Disability Services, by leave, moved - That the Select Committee on Outsourcing of State Government Services have power to sit during the present session, and that the time for bringing up the Report be extended until Wednesday, 29 November 2000.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Select Committee
on Outsourcing of
State Government
Services.

25.

The Hon. A. J. Redford, by leave, moved - That the Select Committee on Wild Dog Issues in the State of South Australia have power to sit during the present session, and that the time for bringing up the Report be extended until Wednesday, 29 November 2000.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Select Committee
on Wild Dog
Issues in the
State of
South Australia.

 

26.

The Attorney-General, by leave, moved - That the Select Committee on Internet and Interactive Home Gambling and Gambling by other means of Telecommunication in South Australia have power to sit during the present session, and that the time for bringing up the Report be extended until Wednesday, 29 November 2000.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Select Committee
on Internet and
Interactive Home
Gambling and
Gambling by
other means of
Telecommunication
in South Australia.

 

27.

The Hon. J. F. Stefani, by leave, moved - That the Select Committee the Future of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have power to sit during the present session, and that the time for bringing up the Report be extended until Wednesday, 29 November 2000.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Select Committee
on the Future of
the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital.

28.

The Attorney-General, without notice, moved - That the Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable him to move for the substitution by motion, of a Member on the Select Committee on Internet and Interactive Home Gambling and Gambling by other means of Telecommunication in South Australia.

                 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.

Select Committee
on Internet and
Interactive Home
Gambling and
Gambling by
other means of
Telecommunication
in South Australia -
Member substituted.

 

                 The Treasurer then moved - That the Hon. C. Zollo be substituted in the place of the Hon. G. Weatherill, resigned, on the Select Committee on Internet and Interactive Home Gambling and Gambling by other means of Telecommunication in South Australia.

                 Question put and passed.

 

29.

The Attorney-General, without notice, moved - That the Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable him to move for the substitution by motion, of a Member on the Select Committee on the Future of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

                 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 the Hon. R. K. Sneath be substituted in the place of the Hon. G. Weatherill, resigned, on the Select Committee on the Future of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Select Committee
on the Future of

the Queen Elizabeth

Hospital.

 

30.

The Attorney-General, by leave and without notice, moved - That pursuant to section 21(3) of the Parliamentary Committees Act 1991, the Hon. R. K. Sneath be appointed to the Statutory Authorities Review Committee in place of the Hon. C. Zollo, resigned.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Statutory
Authorities
Review Committee - Replacement Member.

 

31.

The Attorney-General, by leave and without notice, moved - That pursuant to section 5 of the Parliament (Joint Services) Act 1985, the Hon. C. Zollo be appointed to the Joint Parliamentary Service Committee in place of the Hon. G. Weatherill, resigned, and the Hon. R. R. Roberts be appointed as the alternate Member to the Hon. C. Zollo.

                 Question put and passed.

                 Ordered - That a Message be sent to the House of Assembly transmitting the foregoing Resolution.

 

Joint
Parliamentary
Service Committee - Replacement  and
alternate Member.

 

32.

The Attorney-General moved - That a Standing Orders Committee be appointed consisting of the President, the Hon. R. I. Lucas, the Hon. C. A. Pickles, the Hon. C. Zollo and the mover.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Standing Orders

Committee.

33.

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

 

Library

Committee.

 

34.

The Attorney-General 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.

35.

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

                 The Attorney-General moved - That a Committee consisting of the Hon. L. H. Davis, the Hon. C. V. Schaefer, the Hon. R. K. Sneath, the Hon. C. Zollo and the Treasurer, 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.

                 Debate ensued.

                 Question put and passed.

 

Draft Address

in Reply.

36.

Council adjourned at twenty-two minutes past six 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. R. K. Sneath

The Hon.  J. F. Stefani

The Hon. N. Xenophon

The Hon. C. Zollo