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.
EVANS, HON. I.F.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (17:37): I also rise today to pay tribute to Iain Evans in this series of valedictory speeches. One thing is for sure: the next member for Davenport certainly has big shoes to fill. We heard today and last week about the fierce advocate that was Iain Evans, about the strong campaign brain Iain Evans has, and about the plethora of portfolios, both in government and in opposition, that Iain has held. It is great to see him here in the chamber today and great to see that so many of his friends and family were present the last time we spoke about this issue.
STATUTES AMENDMENT (ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S PORTFOLIO) BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:01): I rise to resume my remarks in relation to the Statutes Amendment (Attorney-General's Portfolio) Bill 2014. As I mentioned, things are not always what they seem. We were told that the bill was introduced to remedy minor errors, omissions and other deficiencies; however, when we delve a bit deeper into this statutes amendment bill, we see that things are not always what they seem and that there is more to it. These reforms are, in some cases, much more serious than first presented.
Local Government Elections
Mr TARZIA ( Hartley ) ( 15:30 :19 ): I rise today to speak about the local government elections that took place at the weekend. Local government is an important part of our system, and the best results are achieved, in my view, when all three tiers of government—local government, state government and federal government—work together.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (OFFENCES) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (10:32): Obtained leave and introduced a bill for an act to amend the Freedom of Information Act 1991. Read a first time.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (18:02): Often our volunteers do not get the recognition they deserve in our community. Today, I speak in particular of one organisation which has recently done a fantastic job: the Campbelltown SES unit. I rise in this place to congratulate the tireless, diligent, hardworking Campbelltown SES for their continuous work in serving not only my local community in the north-east, but also communities elsewhere.