Sovereign Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, the Knights of Malta, Grand Priory of Australia, Adelaide Commandery
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (17:27): Today I wish to speak about the Sovereign Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, the Knights of Malta, Grand Priory of Australia, Adelaide Commandery, and the recent investiture ball that I attended at the weekend. I want to talk about the event, the men and women who were appointed as knights and dames, and about the fundraising activities that they have done as well.
HARTLEY ELECTORATE SERVICE CLUBS
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:46): At the weekend I not only attended one changeover function, but two. The first of those was for the Rotary Club of Magill Sunrise (a breakfast club), and the second was for the Rotary Club of Campbelltown. I wish to bring a couple of things to the house's attention today with regard to those wonderful clubs.
HARTLEY ELECTORATE SCHOOLS
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:37): I rise to acknowledge and congratulate many of the hardworking students, parents and teachers of the schools in my electorate. I point out that, in recent times, I have met with every one of those schools and, in fact, I have been able to bring them into this place to take them through the house and to learn a little bit about what they are doing at the moment and how we can help, and it has been a fantastic opportunity to do those things.
STATUTES AMENDMENT (SERIOUS AND ORGANISED CRIME) BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:27): I also rise today to support the Statute Amendment (Serious and Organised Crime) Bill 2015 and to highlight some of the concerns about the legislation, which I hope that the esteemed Attorney will take on board and consider as a future reference. As the member for Bragg alluded to, the principles of the Magna Carta of 1215 are as relevant now as they were then. Issues such as equality before the law and the natural rule of law are being raised, questioned and discussed. She certainly raised many valid points in relation to the balance that needs to be reached between such laws when you look at the freedom element that they take from people and how that needs to be weighed up against the security elements of the law.
CAMPANIA SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:43): I move:
That this house—
(a) recognises that 2015 is the 40th anniversary of the Campania Sports and Social Club;
(b) acknowledges the wonderful work that this club has done over the years in the promotion of Italian culture, food, language and support of Italian Australians and the broader community; and
(c) pays tribute to the activities of this club, and others like it, which enrich the life of our state as a whole and contribute to a better and more diverse South Australia.
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.