VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (11:09): I rise to speak on the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill of 2016, and do so as respectfully as possible. Like many members, I have put this bill to the electorate to gauge their views on the bill itself. In short, what I will say is that, on the whole, my electorate did not support this bill, and my own conscience does not support this bill. I thank all who have made submissions. I respect and acknowledge the arguments on both sides, and I have weighed up these arguments carefully. Many more have been against the bill in my electorate than have been for it.
Supply Bill 2016
Mr TARZIA ( Hartley ) ( 16:57 :00 ): I also rise today to speak in support of the Supply Bill 2016. I have been very interested to hear from members today about their thoughts on this issue, and I am hearing some recurring themes. Obviously, the state is being let down by the state government in an array of areas. That is the first thing I want to point out. The second thing, though, is it is not all doom and gloom. We on this side of the chamber certainly have a plan. We have a plan to make South Australia better. We have a plan to put South Australia first. With us in government, South Australia will certainly be winning again.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:13): Our forefathers have fought so hard for the land that we live in, of opportunity, of equal opportunity, where we have the right to own property, to invest and to build wealth, and to progress so that we do not have to depend on government if we do not need. Federal Labor has recently announced a policy that will hurt everyday South Australians who are having a go. So many families in my electorate, and across the state in fact, have come to Australia with nothing, have made sacrifices, invested and built wealth through investment in property. Federal Labor recently announced a policy that would see an increase in rental prices and a decrease in housing investment.
LEGAL SERVICES COMMISSION (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:39): I rise to speak in support of the Legal Services Commission (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016. As has been pointed out, the bill was introduced into the house by the Attorney in February, and amends the Legal Services Commission Act 1977. It is evident that the variations contained within the bill have arisen from what was a review into the delivery of legal aid in criminal cases by the commission that, I believe, occurred in 2011, as well as the subsequent report entitled 'The Governance Structure of the Commission and a Public Defender's Office for South Australia.'
SA WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (15:08): Like I have so many times over the past two years in this place, today I want to use my time to advocate on two issues for the good people in my electorate of Hartley: firstly, burst water mains and, secondly, the Labor Party's broken promise of the Glynde substation.
Mr TARZIA (Hartley) (12:45): I rise today to move:
That this house—
(a) commemorates the 30-year anniversary of Neighbourhood Watch;
(b) congratulates Neighbourhood Watch, which has grown to be the largest not-for-profit crime prevention organisation in the nation;
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.