Thursday 18 September, 2014

Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:47): I speak in favour of the bill and commend the member for Morialta for instigating it. It is a brief but effective amendment and requires a brief but effective submission, since brevity is, after all, the soul of wit.

As we have heard, the bill deletes six words from the ACC (South Australia) Act 2004 to basically fix what was, as we have heard, an unforseen consequence of one of the changes to the act, which was contained within the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 2012.

It is an important bill because it does amend the inconsistencies with that act, and I will be the first to support (no matter who instigates such a submission—whichever party) common-sense submissions like this. I will be the first to support legislation like this, because it is very important. It is important for the integrity of the important agencies involved that there be no ambiguity as to their functions on examination, because there are large things at stake here with regard to these bodies.

The ICAC and the Australian Crime Commission are two very important inquisitorial bodies, and it is important that the ACC be equipped with wideranging examination powers. Serious criminals are brought before the ACC, and it is extremely important that the consistency of the act not be compromised by anything such as the words of section 18(6). I support the amendment and commend the tireless member for Morialta for instigating it, and I commend the bill to the house.