AUSTRALIA CHINA FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:07): I move:
That this house—
(a) congratulates the Australia China Friendship Society on celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016;
(b) acknowledges the significant work and commitment of the Australia China Friendship Society's committee and volunteers, past and present, who continuously work towards building and promoting a friendship between the peoples of Australia and China; and
(c) acknowledges the importance of their establishment and the society's attempts at bringing to the Australian public a greater knowledge and understanding of China's rich cultural heritage.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:23): I rise today to speak about a very unsettling matter that has been stirring this month, following the Attorney-General's controversial Senior Counsel appointment. The appointment has caused concern for many in the legal profession and has been displeasing and somewhat cringe-worthy to everyone else, to say the least. Indeed, members of this government are drifting further and further out of touch with the people of South Australia.
ELECTORAL (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (17:43): I rise to speak to the Electoral (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016 and indicate that I will not be the lead speaker for the opposition. Whilst the bill is likely to pass this house, I wish to advise that we will be introducing amendments at some stage. We reserve our rights as to the timing of those amendments, but they may happen in this place, between the houses or in the other place.
STATUTES AMENDMENT AND REPEAL (SIMPLIFY) BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:44): I rise today to speak to the Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Simplify) Bill 2016. I might just start where the member for Newland left off. He said that if we were to rely on the opposition (his words) for ideas he would be in trouble. I just want to remind the member for Newland that the idea of a repeal day was actually that of the Liberal Party. In my research before I was looking to speak on this bill, I saw that there was a Liberal Party document dated 3 April 2013 about a repeal day and removing redundant laws.
CARNEVALE ITALIAN FESTIVAL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:49): I move:
That this house—
(a) congratulates the Carnevale Italian Festival for celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016;
(b) acknowledges the significant work and commitment of the Carnevale Italian Festival committee and volunteers, past and present, for continuously showcasing the vibrant and energetic Italian culture through the festival; and
(c) acknowledges the importance of their establishment, and the work they have done over the past 40 years in the promotion and preservation of Italian heritage and in doing so, enriching the multicultural landscape of South Australia.
DEATH WITH DIGNITY BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (19:43): It is the duty of us all in this parliament put here by the grand architect of the universe to make laws for the betterment of the community. When I consider a bill, I consider the impact of the bill on every single citizen—from the strongest to the most vulnerable.
STATUTES AMENDMENT (JUDICIAL REGISTRARS) BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:09): I also rise today to speak to the Statutes Amendment (Judicial Registrars) Bill 2016. There is a quote that has been brought to my attention, and I wish to draw the house's attention to it. It was raised by the Law Society in its recent submission. In an address in 2007, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, observed:
STATUTES AMENDMENT (COURTS AND JUSTICE MEASURES) BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:25): I rise also today to support the Statutes Amendment (Courts and Justice Measures) Bill 2016 and to make a few comments highlighting the proposed amendment to part 7 of the Solicitor-General Act 1972 before it goes to the other place. As we have heard, the bill in question was introduced in late September of this year and it makes a series of changes to certain acts, being the Bail Act 1985, the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935, the Evidence Act 1929, the Solicitor-General Act 1972, the Summary Procedure Act 1921 and the Youth Court Act 1993, amongst others. I note that most of these changes are small in nature and they are for efficiency measures, in many respects, to better match up with other acts.
ADELAIDE CENTRAL ITALY EARTHQUAKE APPEAL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:45): I might firstly pick up where the member for Morialta left off, when speaking about the Adelaide Central Italy Earthquake Appeal which recently had a very successful function at the Marche Club. I think, before his time expired, the member for Morialta was also going to mention how the Italian consul, Dr Roberta Ronzitti, did such a fantastic job. She made a very moving speech and did a great job in supporting the evening. I thank Dr Ronzitti for the good work that the consul continues to do in supporting the Italian community in South Australia but especially in times like these, when we certainly need to rally around the community due to these most recent tragic events that have occurred.
EMERGENCY SERVICES LEVY
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:28): I also move that this house condemns the state government for removing the emergency services levy remissions and then further increasing the levy, and also acknowledges the impact of the levy increase, particularly on sport and recreation clubs and organisations that are already battling the high cost of utilities. Like my learned colleague before me, I have a number of great sport and recreation clubs in my electorate, and the leaders of these clubs are absolute champions of our community.