Issue 25 of Morialta Matters explores the Cherry season kicking off in the Adelaide Hills and the challenges cherry farmers faced with recent weather events. I had the pleasure of being at the turning of the first sod for the long awaited new Montacute CFS station. Details of the State Liberals $20 million commitment to restoring services at the Modbury Hospital are included in the newsletter as well as the State Liberals 'Energy Solution' policy.
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Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (17:43): I am interested in the Attorney-General's remarks. While I have undertaken to be brief, he has said some things that cannot go without response. The Attorney-General says that a bill went through the parliament some time ago—the original bill to which this amendment bill makes further changes. In fact, it was the original act, because this parliament passed that bill. The Attorney said it 'passed on the voices' and was not really addressed here. I had carriage of that bill, which was of course of interest to Mr Dawkins, as the Attorney said. That is because it was Mr Dawkins' bill, as is this.
Labor's downgrades to Modbury Hospital have seen emergency surgery gone, the high dependency unit gone, acute surgical wards gone, cardiology admissions gone and two thirds of medical beds cut. A Marshall Liberal Government is committed to undoing the damage of Labor's Transforming Health cuts – read more at www.saliberal.org.au/saving_modbury_hospital!
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:29): Today, I would like to talk about the importance of language education in our schools, and the government's announcement last week of their language strategy was welcome. It was playing catch-up, of course, given that in August the opposition announced a series of language policies which the government seems to have read in detail because a number of their announcements virtually copy things the Liberal Party had committed to in August, but we welcome them.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:29): This is a very important motion for the people of my electorate, particularly those living in Highbury (north of the river) and some of the Hills communities for which Modbury Hospital is often the first hospital of call. It is also important for residents of Rostrevor, Athelstone and all the other suburbs in Morialta because there are flow-on effects of the changes to Modbury, as there are across the whole of the north-eastern suburbs.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:44):In relation to the minister's answer about the support for regional schools, which the opposition supports, can the minister explain why the communication strategy for informing the schools about these announcements was made by paired city Labor MPs to regional schools in their paired electorates prior to the public announcement of the funding?
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:19): Five hundred years ago this very day, Martin Luther, a former Augustinian monk, ordained Catholic priest and doctor of theology at the University of Wittenberg, wrote a scholarly presentation to his bishop, protesting the church's practice of selling indulgences: taking coin and in return granting absolution from sins.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:07):Can the minister confirm how much of the funding announced yesterday will be taken up with consultancies, project management and departmental administration costs? Will it be less than the one-third that has been spent on those expenses in the STEM Works program?
31/10/1517 saw Martin Luther nail his 95 theses - opposing the sale of indulgences for the forgiveness of sins - to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, setting in train a chain of events that led to the reformation and changed the world. 500 years later many Lutherans and other Christians in the Morialta community have been marking the occasion and I was pleased to do so in the Parliament.