FAIR WORK (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:28): I have a hypothetical question to start off my submission today: what does one have to do to get the sack under this government? I am happy to support the second reading of the bill in this house, but we on this side of the chamber will reserve our position on possible amendments and the third reading until after the bill is reintroduced in February next year.
UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (17:37): I move:
That this house—
(a) notes that 2014 is the 140th anniversary of the University of Adelaide;
(b) acknowledges the significant achievements of the university, past and present; and
(c) promotes the future of the university as a world-class institution.
STATUTES AMENDMENT (DECRIMINALISATION OF SEX WORK) BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:18): I rise today to speak to the Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2014. I rise with full respect for the member for Ashford, but I oppose the bill. I oppose it not only because of my personal beliefs and the beliefs of those I represent, on balance or on the whole, but also because I believe this is a bill which attacks the fabric of society, the fabric of society of most of my electors. I will vote against it, but not necessarily based on any legalistic argument. I urge members to give the moral and legal issues full consideration, but on the whole I will not be supporting this bill.
CHINA-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:22): I rise to congratulate the commonwealth government on its outstanding work to secure the free trade agreement with the People's Republic of China. I particularly want to acknowledge and thank our Prime Minister Mr Abbott, the Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping, the trade minister Mr Robb and his Chinese counterpart, who have worked tirelessly to secure this agreement for the benefit of our two great nations.
WHITE RIBBON DAY
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:30): I also rise today to support this motion and commend the member for Stuart for bringing it to the attention of the house. I support White Ribbon Day in its entirety, and I also encourage men to swear an oath to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
PUBLIC FINANCE AND AUDIT (TREASURER'S INSTRUCTIONS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:27): I also rise today to support the Public Finance and Audit (Treasurer's Instructions) Amendment Bill 2014. My comments will be in a similar light to those of the members for Stuart, Hammond and Schubert. I will certainly support the bill, but I too will seek some explanation, as have the members before, from the Treasurer, hopefully in his closing remarks. Oversight of public statutory authorities is extremely important, and it is imperative for this parliament to do so. As the member for Stuart highlighted, there are a number of questions about the bill that remain unanswered, and I welcome the Treasurer's explanations.
NORTH EASTERN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AUXILIARY
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:58): Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the North Eastern Community Hospital Auxiliary meeting, which comprises of 14 hardworking members and, let me just say, you will never meet a more hospitable, warm, positive and tireless group of people who do fantastic work for the local hospital (the North Eastern Community Hospital) as well as the adjacent nursing home.
STAMP DUTIES (OFF-THE-PLAN APARTMENTS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:07): Broadly, today I will speak in support of the Stamp Duties (Off-the-plan Apartments) Amendment Bill. I will support the bill, firstly, because I think it is necessary to support a struggling construction sector. We have heard comments from the Property Council of Australia recently in support of this, but one thing I will note from the report that I have in front of me from 2010-11 is that the property industry is South Australia's largest private sector industry adding $8.1 billion to the state's economy in 2010-11.
INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:16): I also rise today to speak in favour of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2014. We have seen in the past, as the member for Bragg alluded to, that this government has a problem with releasing information. They have had a problem with shield laws, they have had a problem with whistleblowers protection. It seems to be a government addicted to secrecy.
CRIMINAL LAW CONSOLIDATION (SEXUAL OFFENCES - COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:18): I rise today to speak in favour of the Criminal Law Consolidation (Sexual Offences—Cognitive Impairment) Amendment Bill 2014. I commend the Attorney for bringing this bill to the house. It is a difficult and complex issue, and an issue that has been widely discussed for some time.