Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (20:01): I am also not the lead speaker. I rise to speak on the Constitution (One Vote One Value) Amendment Bill. The Leader of Government Business sends a note to the opposition of all the bills the government wishes to debate, and this bill did not appear in any form in any of the notes that his office sent the opposition over the past week. That is fine; the government can ignore that. It is possible the leader of the house himself was not kept in the loop.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:22): I want to take this opportunity, as I have on many occasions over the last eight years, to pay tribute, just before Christmas, to the cherry growers in Morialta, in particular, and other primary producers. I will start by touching on the apple and pear industry, which is very important to Morialta, both in its current boundaries and particularly after the redistribution.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:03): My question is to the Minister for Education. Will the Minister for Education prior to the end of the parliamentary year, being tomorrow, bring answers to the 50 questions that she took on notice but has not yet answered?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:13): This government over 15½ years has committed many atrocities upon the people of South Australia. They have put themselves before the people whom they claim to serve over and over, time and time again. In the last week, one of the most disgraceful examples of that has been put front and centre by the Minister for Education and by the Premier, who would take the extraordinary step of using children in South Australian schools as political pawns—as political hostages—in their game playing with the commonwealth.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:09):This is an important bill brought to the house by the member for Bragg. It responds to what has been an atrocious abuse of public trust and public funds by this government over the last year, over the last three years, since the last election and over the last 15 years, frankly. This is a government that barely one in three South Australians voted for, yet they have managed to spend over $100 million since I have been in the parliament on advertising themselves—more than $30 million in the most recent year on telling the people of South Australia how good they are. It is a disgrace.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:03): My question is to the Minister for Education. With what is the government replacing the school-based apprenticeship brokers, who I understand have been told that their jobs will finish in January?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:01): My question is to the Minister for Education in a similar vein. Can the minister clarify this: will Norwood Morialta High School benefit additionally from any proposed sale of the Rostrevor campus land, or are the proceeds of the sale of that land slated to go towards the school's $30 million grant, or will the money from that sale be returned to general revenue?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:57): My question is to the Minister for Education. What community consultation was undertaken before the government's announcement to amalgamate the Whyalla high schools into a new school and how many stakeholders were supportive of the idea and how many were opposed to the idea?
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.