Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:42): I commend the member for Taylor for her motion today. I know that this cause and other great causes are dear to her heart and it is fantastic that she has raised this issue in this place. I also recognise that 21 March 2015 is World Down Syndrome Day and congratulate Down Syndrome International on the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. I also acknowledge the continuing work of the Down Syndrome Society of South Australia in their support of families and carers of those living with Down syndrome.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (OFFENCES) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (10:33): I move:
That this bill be now read a second time.
This is a bill that will make it illegal for a government minister or their staff from giving improper directions or influence to a government agency that has been served with a freedom of information request. The bill amends part 2 of the act and makes it an offence for a person to give improper directions or influence with respect of an agency's decision to release documents regarding a freedom of information application. This bill will also make it an offence for an accredited FOI officer if they fail to report to the Office for Public Integrity a suspicion that an improper direction or improper influence was given.
CRIMINAL LAW (EXTENDED SUPERVISION ORDERS) BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (17:35): I also rise today to talk about the Criminal Law (Extended Supervision Orders) Bill 2015. I also rise to support the bill. I wish to talk a little bit about conditions under ESOs and also draw upon some of the principal arguments that have been raised in relation to ESOs, then I would like to speak to the house about some financial implications of the bill and also potential amendments.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:36): Today I rise to talk about HeartKids South Australia, particularly to welcome the new general manager of the organisation, to draw upon an event that I recently supported, and to talk about the organisation and the organiser of this most recent function. Deputy Speaker, I believe you and also our leader, Steven Marshall, the member for Dunstan, were present at a recent HeartKids South Australia engagement, a fundraiser at the Marche Club in Paradise in the City of Campbelltown on 7 March. It was a wonderful evening.
THE UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA (MEMBERSHIP OF TRUST) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:41): Top of the morning to you, Deputy Speaker, on this St Patrick's Day. I note that St Patrick was born in Great Britain, and he was venerated by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and also the Anglican and Lutheran churches. It is fitting that we acknowledge him on this special day today. I also rise in support of the bill and, like the members before me, I thought it would also be a fitting opportunity to talk a little bit about the Uniting churches in my own electorate.
JURIES (PREJUDICIAL PUBLICITY) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA: Come on, I only have a few minutes here; I am only warming up. I will oppose the bill, with full respect to the Attorney and his hardworking staff, who have been here for some hours now this afternoon. The bill was introduced by the Attorney on 11 February this year. I believe that it is actually exactly the same as the bill that was introduced last year and lapsed when the parliament was prorogued.
CRIMINAL ASSETS CONFISCATION (PRESCRIBED DRUG OFFENDERS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:10): I also rise today to speak on the Criminal Assets Confiscation (Prescribed Drug Offenders) Amendment Bill, which was introduced by the Attorney earlier in February this year. As has been put to the house the bill is, in all respects, somewhat identical to the Criminal Assets Confiscation (Prescribed Drug Offenders) Amendment Bill 2014, which collapsed due to prorogation; it was certainly a victim of that. First, I would like to talk a little bit about the intent of such a bill and what I believe are the issues that it seeks to address. I will also talk a little about the drug issue in general, and then about how the bill has been received and potential amendments to the bill.
CENTENARY OF ANZAC COMMITTEE
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:23): Last year and early this year I was part of the local centenary of ANZAC grants committee, and it is for that reason that I rise today to talk about the ANZAC Centenary local grants in my area. The Australian government's ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program assists and encourages communities all across Australia to undertake their own ANZAC Centenary projects that commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in the First World War.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:36): I also rise today to commend the member for Mitchell for moving this motion. He is a wonderful member who is in touch with his local community and, as he pointed out, there are a number of perceptions out there in relation to this issue.
WHYTE, HON. A.M.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (14:20): I also rise today to support the motion and offer my sincere condolences to the Whyte family. When I think of the Hon. Arthur Whyte, I think of three things: (1) family, (2) South Australia, and (3) community. As we have heard today, it was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of this wonderful man who was born in 1921 in the Flinders Ranges and worked as a station overseer before becoming a farmer on Eyre Peninsula.