APPROPRIATION BILL 2014
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:03): I support the comments of our leader. This is a shameful budget, which has been put out by an illegitimate government, a government with a two-party preferred vote of 47 per cent. It should not have had the right to be in government in the first place. It is a terrible budget.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT (ELECTIONS) (VOTING) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (10:32): I would like to, firstly, begin today by commending the member for Goyder for this amendment that he has introduced to the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999. Of course, the member for Goyder has extensive experience in local government. I dare say he probably has more experience in local government than almost anyone here, having been a hardworking CEO of a local council for many years, and he has actually run elections as well, as a returning officer.
CRIMINAL ASSETS CONFISCATION (PRESCRIBED DRUG OFFENDERS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA: I will explain, Deputy Speaker. We are talking about an act which is proposed by the government, and the member for Ashford should probably read the section. It alludes to the Attorney-General, with the approval of the Treasurer, investing any of the money belonging to the fund, which is from the proceeds of crime (confiscated assets) that can be used 'in such manner as is approved by the Treasurer'. It does not get much simpler than that: money from organised crime being confiscated into a general revenue for the government to spend at its discretion. What more can I say than that? It is absolutely outrageous.
MAGILL VILLAGE MASTER PLAN
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:20): I rise today to speak about the Magill Village master plan, which I will refer to as the master plan. It is a multimillion dollar proposal which will transform Magill into a retail, commercial and cultural hub in the near future, once established. It is envisioned that the plan will enhance the Magill and surrounding areas, supporting the needs of the social, recreational, educational, retail and commercial community. It will present a more appealing tourist destination and an overall attractive appearance and experience.
TRAVEL AGENTS REPEAL BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (17:19): I acknowledge the esteemed contributions of the Hon. Stephen Wade in the other place and my colleagues in this place, the members for Stuart, Hammond, Heysen and Morphett. The member for Stuart correctly highlighted that there are a number of questions that still remain outstanding. It is certainly not my intention to also enter into the committee stage here, but I would certainly echo the sentiments of the member for Stuart and ask that the government do present those answers to the house.
CHILD SEX OFFENDERS REGISTRATION (CONTROL ORDERS AND OTHER MEASURES) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (17:25): I also speak in support of the bill. As we have heard, in every state and territory of Australia, legislation to some extent similar to this has been enacted which requires people who have been found guilty of certain offences against children to be entered on a register of offenders.
CRIMINAL LAW (SENTENCING) (CHARACTER EVIDENCE) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:15): I would like to echo the words of our deputy leader. Recently I also met with Professor Briggs in relation to this bill and others and can also attest to her support for the bill. I commend the Attorney-General for his efforts in instigating this bill, and I truly believe through conversations that I have had extensively in the community that it certainly captures the community sentiment on this issue.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (21:00): Can I firstly begin by also echoing the sentiments of our leader that we in Hartley, representing many people who travel to the city for work, education and recreational activities, are also against this toxic car park tax, and we will certainly be opposing this tax when it is voted on.
Supply Bill Speech
Mr TARZIA ( Hartley ) ( 11:28 :41 ): I rise to speak on the Supply Bill 2014, and obviously I am supporting the bill. The appropriation of $3.94 billion from the Consolidated Account is necessary to keep the basic functions of the government operating before the Treasurer hands down his budget in June this year. This is my first opportunity to speak on the supply of the government in this place, and I wish to touch on the general state of the economy and what the federal budget really means for the people of our state. I also want to raise, in the house, the projects around Hartley that are incredibly important to my constituents.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:32): I rise today on behalf of those with Italian origin in Hartley. I can advise that this is around 4,000 people in total. I still remember the day, a few months ago now, when I met His Excellency Pier Francesco Zazo, the Italian Ambassador, at the Italian consulate right here in Glynde in Hartley. On that day hundreds lined Payneham Road and packed into the consulate to hear the ambassador speak of the consulate's future. It was actually there that I stood side by side with many local and community leaders, including from organisations such as Com.It.Es, Co.As.It, APAIA, the Carabinieri associations and various Italian community clubs, as well as political leaders, including the member for Unley, for example, to plead the case for the consulate to remain here in Adelaide.