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.
SELECT COMMITTEE ON A REVIEW OF THE RETIREMENT VILLAGES ACT 1987
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:41): I also rise to speak in favour of this. Like the member for Schubert, I have a number of constituents in my electorate of Hartley who use these villages. At last count, there were over 15. They seem to be growing in number, as is the industry. This is an extremely popular issue. Before the election, I hosted what you would call an aged care forum for people over the age of 60. Over 100 people attended, and the day was well supported by the member for Heysen.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:20): Thank you, Deputy Speaker. It is amazing how well behaved one can be when they are on two warnings. I rise today to speak on behalf of the Indian residents in my electorate and talk about the celebration of Diwali 2014, which will take place in Adelaide, and for millions around the world, at the end of October. Many of my constituents in Hartley are of Indian descent or identify with Indian people; in fact, that group is one of the largest multicultural demographics in my seat.
AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:51): I move:
That this house—
(a) notes the Australian Red Cross is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding on 13 August 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World War I;
CIVIL LIABILITY (DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION) AMENDMENT BILL
I rise to consider supporting the bill with the amendments suggested by the deputy leader. The bill goes to the heart of transparency, as we have heard, and certainly transparency is extremely important within the government and the public sector. Lack of transparency results in distrust of our system, and that is not a good thing.
CRIMINAL LAW (FORENSIC PROCEDURES) (BLOOD TESTING FOR DISEASES) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (17:29): I also rise to support the bill preferably with the amendment which the diligent member for Bragg has proposed. However, I will support the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) (Blood Testing for Diseases) Amendment Bill 2014, with or without the amendment.