Questions

Question: Alcohol Supply to Minors

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?

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Question: Errington Special Education Centre

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?

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Question: Adelaide Youth Training Centre

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?

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Question: Labor's 2013 Literacy and Numeracy Plan

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 Does that document still represent the government's strategy, or is there a new strategy that has superseded this document?

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Question: Naplan Results 2017

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?

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ESTIMATES: ARTS DSD (2017)

Mr GARDNER: I do not have a statement. I refer to Budget Paper 3 to start with, page 24, Her Majesty's Theatre. I do not imagine you will need to go too much to the papers, but what is the need for the increase in funding or, rather, what is the scope of the increased project for Her Majesty's Theatre becoming $66 million? Has there been an adjustment to the fundraising target that was last year identified as $3.2 million?

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Estimates: Skills & Training DSD (2017)

Mr GARDNER: I refer to Budget Paper 4, Volume 4, page 105, the TAFE SA Strategic Plan. Can the minister update the committee on how TAFE is progressing towards the full contestability we are expecting to see in 2019? What will TAFE's key roles be in 2019?

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Estimates: Education DECD (2017)

Mr GARDNER: In Budget Paper 3, on page 93 there is a note in relation to student enrolment numbers that a 1 per cent growth in government school enrolment numbers above the levels incorporated in the budget would increase expenditure by approximately $20 million per annum. Can the minister advise if the dollar impact therefore decreases if there is a reduction in numbers?

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Estimates: Multicultural Affairs DCSI (2017)

Mr GARDNER: Yes, very briefly. Can I thank the minister for her opening statement and reflecting on the importance of the bipartisanship of multicultural affairs as a policy area. It is very important that new people coming to South Australia do not feel alienated in any way for having a different heritage and stories in their culture, and in fact feel that they are celebrated across the South Australian parliament. This is something I think is very important. I have some questions, sir.

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Question: Royal Croquet Club

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:55 ): My question is to the Premier. How much money did the state government provide to the Royal Adelaide Club as part of the Qingdao International Beer Festival sponsorship, and what was the nature of this funding? 

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