Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:18):Last night, the Adelaide Hills Council met and undertook what was a disappointing, foolish and, I think, disgraceful decision to ignore for the third time the 95 per cent of respondents to community consultation who said that they want to retain wards in the Adelaide Hills Council area. Ninety-five per cent of what I understand to be in excess of 500 responses from the community opposed the abolition of wards. The Adelaide Hills Council—six of the 12 councillors and the mayor with his casting vote—have decided that they want to again go to report, so that the Adelaide Hills community's views will be ignored once again.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:12): My question is to the Minister for Education. What work is being done in schools to promote the new laws against the secondary supply of alcohol to minors that recently passed the parliament?
Mr GARDNER: I think this is a superior bill for reasons that I commenced to outline last week. Fundamentally, it treats major party candidates and Independents as the same. The point that I started to make last week is that, when constituents have the opportunity to vote from a choice of a number of candidates at an election, if all the candidates have no party affiliation, that is absolutely fine, but in many cases that puts a burden on the constituent to find information about those candidates—whether they are the sort of person who shares the values of the constituent or whether they have the same set of beliefs that the constituent might have.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:39): My question is to the Minister for Education. Why did the majority of the parent members on the Errington Special Education Centre governing council resign? Has the minister been briefed on the circumstances of the matter?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (10:34): I am not going to detain the house for an enormously lengthy period of time on this. I realise there are some other legislative instruments that are contemplating some of the same harms that were brought to the house's attention by the member for Bragg and the member for Adelaide in raising this matter in November and December last year.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:37):I have a question for the Minister for Education. How is the government supporting the specialised staff who deliver educational programs at the Youth Training Centre at Cavan?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:33): My question is to the Minister for Education. What is the status of the government's 2013 literacy and numeracy plan, titled 'Great start, strong foundations, powerful learners: a literacy and numeracy strategy from birth to 18'? Does that document still represent the government's strategy, or is there a new strategy that has superseded this document?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:24): My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister advise why the NAPLAN results in South Australia have shown lower mean scores and fewer children meeting the national minimum standards than all other states—Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania, in particular—across the majority of categories?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:24): I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak on the Local Government (Members Contesting State Elections) Amendment Bill and commend the member for Unley for bringing it forward and the member for Goyder, who took the opportunity to also give his point of view on the matter. I want to acknowledge, not in any partisan way, that there is another candidate for Morialta, who is a member of local government, and if this bill is passed, or if Mr Ngo's version is passed, it may possibly impact on his candidacy. I do that to identify that I think it is absolutely suitable for members of local government to wish to run for state parliament as well.
Mr GARDNER: On behalf of the opposition, can I indicate where we stand on the matter and then we can perhaps deal with all the Attorney's amendments on the voices en bloc or as we go. I note that in a number of places the Attorney has agreed to the amendments made by the Legislative Council and in a number of places has not.