speeches

Bill: FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS (SURROGACY) AMENDMENT BILL

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.

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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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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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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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Bill: ROAD TRAFFIC (HELMETS) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (10:40): I am very pleased to be able to rise today to speak on the Road Traffic (Helmets) Amendment Bill that the member for Schubert has brought forward as the shadow minister for road safety. When a member of the community comes to a member of parliament saying that something the government has done has affected them and impacted on their lives—they have been charged with or fined for an offence—you have to look at the situation presented to you and ask yourself, 'If this was happening down at the pub, would people believe me?' When the member for Schubert was confronted with this situation—that is, people being fined for having a camera on their helmet—I imagine something like that went through his mind.

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Grievance Debate: Morialta Conservation Park Car Parking

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:17): Today, I would like to inform the house about a petition that is circulating in relation to a very important issue for the community that I have the honour of serving, the Morialta district. In particular, it relates to the government's provision of a new nature play space at the picnic area at the Morialta Conservation Park.

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Bill: EDUCATION AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES BILL

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (12:01): The Education and Children's Services Bill 2017 represents, in the minister's words, 'the most significant reform of education in 40 years'. Not everyone agrees with that. Can I say that there is quite a substantial history to this bill, which I will touch on for a little while. I will talk about some of the things we support and some of the things we might be moving some amendments to, and there are some things we have some questions about. Given that it is in fact a rewrite of the Education Act and the Children's Services Act, it does traverse some territory, combining both those acts into a new act.

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Bill: STATUTES AMENDMENT (DRINK AND DRUG DRIVING)

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (18:41): I indicate that I am not the lead speaker for the opposition on this important bill, but I am pleased to join the debate at a time when I have the opportunity to debate against the points made by the member for Fisher, the parliamentary secretary, who has just provided what I would characterise as a 'both ways' contribution: she wants to have it both ways. She is in favour of medicinal cannabis and, in fact, she said she is in favour of the use of medicinal cannabis being allowed on the roads, but not now.

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