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.
ADDRESS IN REPLY
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (10:32): I rise today to give my Address in Reply, and can I welcome the new members for Fisher and Davenport. Welcome to the family here in this place, and I wish them well in their parliamentary careers. I have the utmost respect for the Hon. Hieu Van Le, the Governor of South Australia. I have known him for a long time. I first got to know him through my local Rotary club, and let me say—I know the Governor as a person—I was a little bit disappointed when I heard the words that came out of his mouth this week. They were full of motherhood statements, and I would like to draw the house's attention to some of these. Beginning—
TRANMERE BOWLING AND TENNIS CLUB
TARZIA (Hartley) (15:10): I rise today to pay tribute to a wonderful club in my community, the Tranmere Bowling and Tennis Club, which, believe it or not, sir, celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2015. Recently, I had the pleasure of playing at the Tranmere bowling club on Monday evening with the Rotary Club of Campbelltown. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers of that club, who for 90 years have been the backbone of the club, including the kitchen staff and those who help out on the greens and everywhere else in between.
ANANGU PITJANTJATJARA YANKUNYTJATJARA LAND RIGHTS (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:27): I rise today to support the bill. It is fair to say that this current government has neglected the APY lands for more than 12 years, unfortunately. It has done nothing to solve the endemic problems and corruption in the APY lands and the problems with the APY Executive, and obviously there are problems there. I note that the APY has been through a period of dramatic instability over the past few years. Since 2010 alone, I am told, there have been seven different general managers up there. I understand the ICAC has requested access to the APY lands without the permission of the APY Executive in order to investigate claims of corruption, and that is an area that we need to look into.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:06): I rise to speak on the state of our economy today and the burdensome regulations and start-up fees required of businesses in South Australia and to talk about a particular example called START-UP New York, a model that promotes start-up businesses overseas, which I recently came across. South Australia has the highest start-up fees you will find, Deputy Speaker, the highest payroll tax, the worst business confidence in Australia.