Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:20): I also rise today to acknowledge that ANZAC Day, 25 April 2015, will commemorate the centenary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. I too pay my respects to the over 416,000 Australians who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and the millions of others who fought and supported the defence efforts of this country since. I also pay tribute to all Australian service men and women, support personnel and animals that have been injured, traumatised or killed in action.
STATUTES AMENDMENT (BOARDS AND COMMITTEES - ABOLITION AND REFORM) BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:19): I agree with the comments made by the member for Unley. I would like to think that members of these boards and committees were awarded their positions based on merit and nothing else. That could just be my utopia, but I would like to think that in an ideal world that would happen. It should happen. For what reason should people be appointed to these positions, positions that are funded by the taxpayer, other than merit?
FRASER, HON. J.M.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:46): 'You have to be an optimist; why involve yourself in issues of public policy unless you are?'—Malcolm Fraser. In my late teenage years I visited a giant in our area, Nick Bianco, in his office, and there was a coaster on Nick's desk, and it read 'Life was not meant to be easy.' I remember asking Mr Bianco what this was about and him explaining to me that it was a quote from one of the greatest, if not the greatest, prime minister of all time, Malcolm Fraser.
RAIL SAFETY NATIONAL LAW (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:49): I also rise to speak on the Rail Safety National Law (South Australia) (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill. As many of my colleagues have alluded to on this side of the chamber, it is clear that this government simply is not doing enough in terms of rail, infrastructure and transport projects. The Labor Party does two things very well in terms of campaigning. One, is to campaign on fear and, two, is to campaign on hope. At the last state election, I have to hand it to them, they sold a lie to many people in Hartley because they offered them the hope of two things relating to this area. One, was that there would be trams on The Parade in the not too distant future, and we are still waiting for trams on The Parade. Two, is they made a promise that they would offer a parking solution in Paradise, and we are still waiting for that.
WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY (PROSECUTIONS UNDER REPEALED ACT) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:58): I also have significant issues and concerns with this bill and, whilst I can count and know that the bill is likely to move past this chamber, I have no doubt whatsoever that the bill will be subject to intense scrutiny in the other place.
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.