Parliament

Grievance Debate: Schools, Language Programs

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.

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Motion: Modbury Hospital

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.

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Question: Building Better Schools Program Communication to Regional Schools

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?

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Grievance Debate: THE LUTHER QUINCENTENARY

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.

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Question: consultancies, project management and departmental administration costs of Building Better Schools Program

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?

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Question: TAFE SA ASQA Audit

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:44): My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. Is the minister now able to advise the house how many TAFE students were notified that their own course is affected by the ASQA audit and, in particular, how many were studying the individual units of competency that are being called into question?

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Question: South Australian Employment Tribunal

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:47): My question is to the Attorney-General. What does the Attorney-General consider to be an appropriate or acceptable time frame for the Employment Tribunal to consider a matter regarding compensation for industrial hearing loss, the details of which were described by a constituent of mine in writing to the Attorney-General in September and which were first brought to the tribunal in June 2014?

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Grievance Debate: Morialta Conservation Park Traffic and Parking Issues

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:04): I rise for the second time today to talk about issues at the Morialta Conservation Park, particularly in relation to the parking and traffic chaos and loss of amenity to local constituents and residents caused by the vast amount of increased traffic to the area thanks to the new nature play space and the government's heavy promotion of the same. It has caused significant safety concerns. There is inconvenience to residents, traffic chaos and loss of amenity, as I have spoken about before.

 

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Bill: Education and Children's Services Bill

Mr GARDNER: I have a question about clause 3 that we might consider further between the houses. In relation to the definition of non-government schools on page 10, it has been suggested by a stakeholder group that the current definition of a non-government school—that is, a school that is registered under the Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Act that is not a government school—might be slightly broadened to include that a non-government school means a school and an education and care service. I put that on the record, and the minister can answer if she wishes. We could discuss between the houses that a stakeholder group has suggested that amendment, and if the government wishes to comment, then they might.

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Question: 2,500 TAFE students at risk over accreditation issues

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:59): My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. Have all the 2,500 TAFE students undertaking courses at risk of losing accreditation been contacted, as the minister undertook to ensure would happen last sitting week?

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