This week in Parliament: Brighton Road motion, Retirement Villages legislation and more

31 May 2016

This week in Parliament I moved a motion condemning the government’s poor management of Brighton Road. I also added my voice to legislative changes and brought important issues to our parliament’s attention.  

This week in Parliament I moved a motion condemning the government’s poor management of Brighton Road. I also added my voice to legislative changes and brought important issues to our parliament’s attention.  

Retirement Villages Bill 2016

I began the week by speaking about the Retirement Villages Bill 2016, a bill I have taken great interest in during consultation and since its introduction to parliament.

I believe this legislation, an update to the Retirement Villages Act 1987, is well overdue and that the proposed changes will better balance the interests of operators who are managing a business and residents who want the security, community and amenity that retirement villages provide.

Key elements of the legislation include:

  • the introduction of a statutory repayment period, requiring the village operators to buy back a unit if it is not relicensed within 18 months
  • the ability to continue to live in the residence while it is being relicensed
  • a disclosure template that improves the transparency and clarity of contracts by clearly showing prospective residents the fees and charges payable in different villages
  • clarification of the financial arrangements for transitioning into residential aged care.

You can read my speech on this bill here.

Expiation Process

I also canvassed my concerns with the inflexibility and lack of compassion being shown in dealing with expiations handed down by state government authorities in South Australia. 

I outlined two examples where common sense did not prevail leaving two, I believe, quite innocent members of my community much worse off, when both were trying to do the right thing. 

You can read my speech on this bill here.

Economic and Finance Committee Annual Report 2014-15

As part of commending the 89th report of the Economic and Finance Committee to the parliament, I took the opportunity to reflect on what this committee has achieved and also reflected on the committee system generally.

You can read my speech here.

Rate Capping

I also briefly contributed to the Local Government (Rate Increases) Amendment Bill, an important piece of legislation which has the opportunity to significantly reduce the cost of living pressures being faced by ordinary South Australians. 

You can read my speech here

Fix Brighton Road

In addition to the above, I moved a motion that the parliament condemn the Weatherill Labor government for failing to appropriately budget and plan for maintenance and upgrades to Brighton Road, resulting in the significant degradation of this important commuter, freight and tourism route and in particular— 

(a) the failure to maintain the overall condition of the road's surface; 

(b) the failure to resurface both sides of the road between Sturt Road, Brighton and Arthur Street, Seacliff Park, leaving one side of the road resurfaced and the other not; 

(c) the failure to address safety and congestion issues at the Scholefield Road and Edwards Street intersections; 

(d) the failure to put in place a long-term, costed infrastructure plan to address serious congestion caused by the Hove railway crossing; and 

(e) the failure to appropriately address safety at the Seacliff Primary School pedestrian crossing. 

You can read my speech here