COMMUNITY SPORT AND RECREATION
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:11): I also recognise the benefits of grassroots community sport and recreation to South Australia, and I also urge the state government to reverse its decision to reduce funding to the Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program by $3.5 million per annum from 2015-16. I also call on the state government to ensure that all community sport and recreation grants are indexed by CPI.
STATUTES AMENDMENT (VULNERABLE WITNESSES) BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (17:14): I also rise to speak to the Statutes Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses) Bill 2015. I will be supporting the bill. As we have heard, the bill was introduced by the Attorney on 6 May and what it actually does is amend the Evidence Act 1929, which consolidates the rules regarding presentation and admissibility of evidence in our courts. This is very important.
CHILDREN'S PROTECTION (IMPLEMENTATION OF CORONER'S RECOMMENDATIONS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:12): I reiterate the points made by the members for Bragg and Adelaide. It is a shame for the good children and families of South Australia that, unfortunately, this government has only taken the issue of child protection seriously when it hurt the government politically and not before that point. The state government can have a different minister in this area, the state government can have a different name for the area, but deep down, below all of that, there are fundamental problems and this government has failed the people of South Australia with regard to this area for far too long.
HARTLEY COMMUNITY CLUBS
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:39): Today I rise to commend and pay tribute to two wonderful organisations in my electorate: firstly, the Rotary Club of Magill Sunrise and, secondly, the Glynde RSL sub-branch. I had the great pleasure of attending The Reel Event. I know, Deputy Speaker, that you are a fan of short films, as I am. On 20 May they held a function at the Regal Theatre on Kensington Road featuring some of our best and sharpest artistic minds. I would like to go into some detail to explain the sorts of films that were shown that evening.
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AUSTRALIA
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:15): I also rise to commend the member for Goyder and support his motion:
That this house urges the regional development minister, in conjunction with the state government, to—
(a) provide adequate core funding for the ongoing operations of the seven Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees in South Australia; and
(b) ensure that the operational funding of the RDA network is provided annually on an uncontested basis.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (COMMERCIAL OFFENCES) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (10:42): I move:
That this bill be now read a second time.
I thank those who have assisted in the drafting of this bill, and I also note that it will be circulated to key groups who take an interest in the bill.
JUDICIAL CONDUCT COMMISSIONER BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:35): I also rise today to support the Judicial Conduct Commissioner Bill 2015. Much has been said about the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers. There are three kinds of powers that are generally exercised, one being the legislative power that we here exercise, followed by the executive power, and then the judicial power, which is seen as the power to give what is a binding decision according to a law and which usually follows from a dispute between certain people, sometimes also involving the state.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:15): I also rise today to support the motion for a select committee on e-cigarettes. I note that a committee is very good, however, legislation in this area would be much better. I will refer to what has been done interstate with regard to this matter in just a moment. This is obviously a very serious issue. We on this side of the chamber will not stand in the way of a committee on this issue, I make that very clear. Obviously, there are these e-cigarettes out there, battery-operated devices that sometimes heat a liquid to produce a vapour that users inhale.
STATUTES AMENDMENT (YOUTH COURT) BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:25): There is nothing more important than ensuring that our youth have the best opportunities they can in life. Sometimes when things go wrong it is extremely important that, as members of parliament, we give them all the support we can to ensure that systems and processes are in place to make sure that they get the best step-up they can in life. I think it was Aristotle who wrote, 'Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.'
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:42): I also rise today to support the amendment as put forward by the member for Chaffey. I reiterate the words of the member for Morphett, who is a qualified professional in the veterinary science area. He is a gentleman who knows what he is talking about, and he drew the house's attention to the fact that he saw more horses actually put down in paddocks than because of injuries sustained through jumps. It was very powerful to hear that from a gentleman who had a thorough knowledge of this industry before his time in this place.