Vincent's Maiden Speech
Mr TARZIA ( Hartley ) ( 16:24 :42 ): Thank you, Deputy Speaker. Firstly, I thank the member for Morialta who has today allowed me to sit in his seat.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT (BUILDING UPGRADE AGREEMENTS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:38): It is said that there are no bad people, only bad incentives. Time will tell whether this bill provides a good incentive or a bad incentive. Much has been said about the current government's credentials when it comes to sustainability and improvement of energy and water use, as well as environmental performance. My message to the government is: focus on what you have so far and focus on the problems you have created thus far.
STATUTES AMENDMENT AND REPEAL (BUDGET 2015) BILL
Mr TARZIA: Thank you, Deputy Speaker. I rise today to speak to the Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Budget 2015) Bill and indicate I will not be the lead speaker. The bill contains many measures that form part of the government's budget initiatives for 2015-16 and certainly implements some of the outcomes that the state tax review looked into. I note there are a number of key features of this bill, and I would like to point out some of these to the house if I may.
CAMPBELLTOWN CHESS CLUB
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:48): I thought I would bring the house's attention to some functions that I attended in and around the winter break. I would like to speak about those community organisations and the great work that they are doing starting with, firstly, the Campbelltown Chess Club. I was fortunate enough to attend the Campbelltown Chess Club annual awards at the weekend, which were actually held at Thorndon Park in the suburb of Paradise. There was a barbecue provided by one of the local Rotary clubs. I commend Sabrina and David—two of the organisers of the Campbelltown Chess Club—for the good work that they do.
Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:12 :42 ): Thank goodness for small mercies. A government with absolutely no idea what they are doing, with the support of about one in three voters in South Australia, entering their second year—a year when the Premier said that we would have our socks knocked off by the boldness of their policy agenda.
APPROPRIATION BILL 2015
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:30): I also rise today to respond to the estimates committee reports. I would actually like to commend the member for Mount Gambier for one of his latest ideas in regard to the start-up community. It goes without saying that this is an area that the government should definitely be doing more in. The start-up community in Adelaide is a very positive and energetic one, but they are calling and screaming and crying out for more assistance from the government. When you look at the amount of office space that is vacant in this state and when you look at the amount of money that is being wasted in this state, we could be putting it to much more productive use if some of that funding and some of that space was given to the start-up community.
CAMPBELLTOWN UNITING CHURCH
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:29): Today I rise to speak about the Campbelltown Uniting Church Adult Fellowship Group, a wonderful group of people, and I commend them for the fantastic and valuable work they do in the community in giving many people not only more meaning in their life but also fellowship and a sense of community and company. The group does selfless things in the community in several walks of life and they have several activities. Tonight, in fact, I have the pleasure of hosting the Adult Fellowship Group in parliament, and I look forward to catching up with them and seeing what the latest is from their organisation tonight.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (OFFENCES) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:28): It is very disappointing that this government, after 13 years, cannot handle the truth. They cannot handle the truth, Deputy Speaker. They are afraid of truth, and they are afraid of transparency. We have had a report given by an independent ombudsman—May 2014. How much time do you need? What is the Attorney doing? I know what he is doing: the Attorney is writing poor dad jokes; that is what he is doing. Instead if writing poor dad jokes, he should be looking at the report of the Ombudsman.
MEMORIES OF LEMNOS
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:36): I also congratulate the organisation of Hellene and Hellene-Cypriot Women of Australia for its efforts to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC with the memories of Lemnos and the Australian nurses and the ANZAC centenary ceremony on Sunday, 19 April at Keswick Barracks. I also recognise the service given by Australian nurses on the Greek island of Lemnos during the Gallipoli landings. I also recognise Greece for supporting Australia's war effort through its support for Australian nurses stationed at military hospitals based on Lemnos island during the Gallipoli campaign, and also to consider a permanent memorial specifically commemorating the Australian women who served as nurses on Lemnos island to be incorporated in the soon-to-be constructed Anzac Walk.
NATIVE VEGETATION (ROAD VERGES) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:04): I also rise today to support the bill to amend the Native Vegetation Act and I commend the member for Morphett, a good hardworking member in touch with his community, for once again bringing a bill of this nature to this place.