SELECT COMMITTEE ON E-CIGARETTES
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:15): Sir, it was Mark Twain who once said:
Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.
And, so, here we are. I rise to speak in support of the report. The member for Elder has said much about the membership and the views of those who were appointed to the committee. I want to especially thank Mr Shannon Riggs, the parliamentary officer who was assigned as secretary, as well as the research officer, Dr Helen Popple, who was appointed by the committee on 2 July 2015. They were always there to aid us if we needed any research. They were very thorough in their roles, so I thank them very much.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:30): As we have seen this week, under this state Labor government South Australia's water infrastructure is being partly neglected in parts of my area. It is unacceptable for SA Water to oversee a century-old crumbling pipe system while it delivers record dividends to this state Labor government. With the increased financial strain and financial burden on South Australian families, you would think the least that this government could do is ensure that water infrastructure is maintained and, when it does fail, that those families be at least compensated.
EAST MARDEN PRIMARY SCHOOL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:59): I rise today to speak about a specific issue in my electorate, namely East Marden Primary School. In the past I have brought this house's attention to the state of some of the facilities at East Marden Primary School in Campbelltown in my electorate. East Marden primary is an outstanding school. It has an excellent culture, it has exceptional results and, not only that, a supportive teaching group and a tireless governing council in support as well.
CAMPBELLTOWN ROTARY CLUB
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:43): I rise today to speak about the Campbelltown Rotary club, which recently celebrated its 50th year, and I had the pleasure of attending that celebration. The club has raised literally millions of dollars over the years for most worthy causes, and it has improved the lives of thousands of people around the place. It has provided much fellowship for locals, and I have no doubt that it will continue to be a fundamental pillar of our area.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (16:21): I rise to speak about some events that I have had the pleasure of attending to support members of my community in Hartley. Yesterday I had the good fortune, along with many members here, to attend the SACE Merit Ceremony 2016. I want to congratulate the students who were lucky enough to have been awarded merits in respective subjects. One particular student, Isaac Nakone, of Rostrevor College attained six merits which is an absolutely outstanding feat. He and many other local students are extremely fortunate in our area to have wonderful schools, both public and private, which have given them a solid foundation when it comes to secondary education.
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES FOR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:27): I also rise today to support the motion and to touch on briefly what the Premier alluded to. It is extremely important, as members of parliament, that we discharge our duty with the utmost honour, and it is quite a significant honour that is bestowed on all of us. I also acknowledge Mrs Such in the gallery and also all of the fantastic work that the late Hon. Bob Such did in this area.
CONSTITUTION (DEADLOCKS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (17:07): I also rise to oppose the Constitution (Deadlocks) Amendment Bill 2015. I noticed that, in recent times, the government has made comments to the effect that they are looking to reset the relationship with crossbenchers. As we have seen, many pieces of legislation that have been brought forward in recent times, if anything, seek to erode the powers of the Legislative Council and erode the powers of the crossbenchers.
EVIDENCE (JOURNALISTS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:17): It goes without saying that the Evidence (Journalists) Amendment Bill 2015 must be supported by this government. As we, the freedom crusaders on this side of the chamber, have repeated time and time again, when it comes to this area, unfortunately South Australia is lagging behind the rest of the nation. When it comes to freedom of information laws and these kinds of laws, time and time again the government refuses to come into line and do what is right for the people of South Australia on this notion.
REPATRIATION GENERAL HOSPITAL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:41): I also rise today to support the motion:
That this house—
(a) notes that more than 119,000 people have signed petitions opposing the closure of the Repat General Hospital, more than 88,000 of which have been tabled in this house; and
(b) urges the government to heed the call of the petitioners and the veterans on the steps by reversing its decision to close the Repat.
Question Time: Hills Ltd. Partnership
Mr TARZIA ( Hartley ) ( 15:47 :57 ): My question is to the Minister for State Development. In relation to the government's three-year jointly funded $5 million partnership with Hills Limited, can the minister confirm to the house that Hills has pulled out of the partnership?