SOUTH AUSTRALIA]

No. 57

 

 

MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS

 

OF THE

 

 

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

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THURSDAY  20  FEBRUARY  2003

 

 

 

   1.

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

                 The President read prayers.

 

Meeting of
Council.

   2.

The Clerk announced that the following Petitions had been lodged for presentation:

                 By the Hon. I. Gilfillan from 222 residents of South Australia concerning the speed limit along Highway One that runs through Port Pirie.  The Petitioners pray that this Honourable House will reduce the speed of traffic from 110 kilometres per hour to 80 kilometres per hour through the section of Highway One known as George’s Corner, from 500 metres north of Wimpy’s Mobil Roadhouse/Motel to 500 metres south of Rangeview Caravan and Cabin Park.

Petitions -
No. 29 - Speed Limit
along Highway One
at Port Pirie.

 

 

                 By the Hon. S. M. Kanck from 1,060 residents from South Australia concerning transport and storage of radioactive waste in South Australia.  The petitioners pray that this Honourable House will do all in its power to ensure that South Australia does not become the dumping ground for Australia’s or the world’s nuclear waste.

No. 30 - Transport
and Storage of
Radioactive Waste in
South Australia.

 

 

                 By the Hon. S. M. Kanck from 31 residents from South Australia concerning weekend bus services to the Adelaide Hills.  The petitioners pray that this Honourable House will call on the Member for Kavel and the Minister for Transport to urgently address the needs of people living in the Adelaide Hills and provide them with new weekend bus services or taxi transfers from existing weekend services.

No. 31 - Weekend
Bus Services to the
Adelaide Hills.

 

 

                 By the Hon. S. M. Kanck from 24 residents of South Australia concerning Nuclear Reactors at Lucas Heights.  The Petitioners pray that this Honourable House will call on the Federal Government to halt the nuclear reactor project and urgently seek alternative sources for medical isotopes and resist at every turn the plan to make South Australia the nation’s nuclear waste dumping ground.

 

No. 32 - Nuclear
Reactors at Lucas
Heights.

 

   3.

Answers to Questions on Notice Nos. 52, 61 and 66 received this day were tabled by the President who directed that they be distributed and printed in Hansard.

 

Answers to
Questions on
Notice.

   4.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries tabled a Ministerial Statement made by the Minister for Education and Children’s Services (The Hon. P. L. White, M.P.) concerning a New Maintenance Plan for South Australian Schools.

 

Paper Tabled.

 

   5.

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, without notice, moved - That the Standing Orders be so far suspended as to enable Question Time to be extended to enable the Hon. D. V. Laidlaw to complete a question to the Minister and for him to complete his reply.

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

 

Suspension of
Standing  Orders.

   6.

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, pursuant to notice, moved - That he have leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to amend the Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act 2000.

                 Question put and passed.

                 Bill introduced and read a first time.

                 The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation then moved - That this Bill be now read a second time.

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

 

Nuclear Waste
Storage Facility
(Prohibition)
(Referendum) (No. 2)
Amendment Bill.

   7.

On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question - That the Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) (Referendum) Amendment Bill be now read a second time:

                 Debate resumed.

                 Question put and passed.

                 Bill read a second time.

                 The President then left the Chair, and the Council resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Bill.

 

In the Committee

 

                          Clause No. 1 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.

 

Nuclear Waste
Storage Facility
(Prohibition)
(Referendum) 
Amendment Bill.

   8.

Ordered - That Orders of the Day (Government Business) No. 2 to No. 7 be Orders of the Day for next day of sitting.

 

Postponement
of Business.

    9.

On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question - That the Veterinary Practice Bill be now read a second time:

                 Debate resumed.

                 Question put and passed.

                 Bill read a second time.

                 The President then left the Chair, and the Council resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Bill.

 

In the Committee

 

                          Clause No. 1 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.

 

Veterinary
Practice Bill.

10.

Ordered - That Order of the Day (Government Business) No. 9 be an Order of the Day for next day of sitting.

 

Postponement
of Business.

11.

Ordered - That Orders of the Day (Private Business) No. 1 to No. 20 be Orders of the Day for Wednesday, 26 March 2003.

 

Postponement
of Business.

12.

On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Hon. T. G. Cameron -

            I.      That a Select Committee of the Legislative Council be appointed to investigate and report upon the current use of speed cameras in South Australia including -

(a)     their effectiveness as a deterrent to speeding and road injury;

(b)    strategies for deciding their placement;

(c)     differences in their use between city and country roads;

(d)    the relationship between fines collected, main arterial roads and crash “blackspots”;

 

Speed Cameras in
South Australia -
Motion for Select
Committee on.

 

(e)     drivers’ perception, beliefs and attitude towards speed cameras;

(f)     placement and effectiveness of speed camera warning signs;

(g)    the feasibility of putting all money raised by speed cameras into road safety initiatives;

(h)    initiatives taken by other governments;

(i)      the appropriateness of setting up a “Speed Camera Advisory Committee”; and

(j)      any other matter on speed cameras which is deemed relevant.

          II.      That the Committee consist of six Members and that the Quorum of Members necessary to be present at all meetings of the Committee be fixed at four Members and that Standing Order No. 389 be so far suspended as to enable the Chairperson of the Committee to have a deliberative vote only.

         III.      That this Council permits the Select Committee to authorise the disclosure or publication, as it sees fit, of any evidence or documents presented to the Committee prior to such evidence being reported to the Council.

         IV.      That Standing Order No. 396 be suspended to enable strangers to be admitted when the Select Committee is examining witnesses unless the Committee otherwise resolves, but they shall be excluded when the Committee is deliberating:

                 Debate resumed.

                 On motion of the Hon. G. E. Gago, the debate was adjourned until Wednesday, 26 March 2003.

 

 

13.

On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the question - That the Statutes Amendment (Equal Superannuation Entitlements for Same Sex Couples) Bill be now read a second time:

                 Debate resumed.

                 On motion of the Hon. C. V. Schaefer, the debate was adjourned until Wednesday, 26 March 2003.

 

Statutes
Amendment
(Equal
Superannuation
Entitlements for
Same Sex
Couples) Bill.

14.

On the Order of the Day being read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Hon. N. Xenophon -

              I.      That this Council expresses its deep concern over the material presented and allegations contained in the ABC’s Four Corners Report entitled “Expert Witness” broadcast on 22 October 2001, involving Dr. Colin Manock, Forensic Pathologist, and the evidence he gave from 1968-1995 in numerous criminal law cases;

             II.      Further, this Council calls on the Attorney-General to request an inquiry by independent Senior Counsel or a retired Supreme Court Judge to report whether there are matters of substance raised by the Four Corners Report that warrant further formal investigation; and

            III.      That the Attorney-General subsequently report, in an appropriate manner, to this Council on the allegations made in the Four Corners Report and their impact on the administration of justice in this State:

                 Debate resumed.

                 On motion of the Hon. J. M. Gazzola, the debate was adjourned until Wednesday, 26 March 2003.

 

Matters and
Allegations
raised in ABC’s
Four Corners
Report entitled “Expert Witness” -
Motion re.

 

15.

Ordered - separately - That Orders of the Day (Private Business) No. 24 and No. 25 be Orders of the Day for Wednesday, 26 March 2003.

 

Postponement
of Business.

16.

At twelve minutes to five o’clock the sitting was suspended until the ringing of the bells.

                 At thirteen minutes to six o’clock the sitting was resumed.

 

Suspension and
Resumption of
Sitting.

17.

The Council, according to order, resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole for the further consideration of the Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) (Referendum) Amendment Bill.

 

In the Committee

 

                          Clause No. 1 further considered.

                 To report progress and ask leave to sit again.

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Nuclear Waste
Storage Facility
(Prohibition)
(Referendum) 
Amendment Bill.

 

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

 

 

18.

Ordered - That the Council, at its rising, do adjourn until Wednesday, 19 March 2003, at ten o’clock a.m.

 

Next Day
of Sitting.

19.

Council adjourned at two minutes to six o’clock until Wednesday, 19 March 2003, at ten o’clock a.m.

 

Adjournment.

 

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Members present during any part of the sitting:

 

 

 

The Hon. T. G. Cameron

The Hon. J.S.L. Dawkins

The Hon. A. L. Evans

The Hon. G. E. Gago

The Hon. J. Gazzola

The Hon. I. Gilfillan

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. A. J. Redford

The Hon. K. J. Reynolds

The Hon. D. W. Ridgway

The Hon. T. G. Roberts

The Hon. C. V. Schaefer

The Hon. R. K. Sneath

The Hon. J. F. Stefani

The Hon. T. J. Stephens

The Hon. N. Xenophon

The Hon. C. Zollo