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: 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) (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) (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.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:12): Thank you, Deputy Speaker, and thank you, member for Newland, for your kind consideration of my desire to speak on this bill. The Constitution (Electoral Redistribution) (Appeals) Amendment Bill was brought to this house on 13 April by the member for Bragg, and I also acknowledge the member for MacKillop, who spoke to this bill in May. Tempting as it is to use this bill as an opportunity to freelance at great length about the failure of the Labor Party—in particular, its appellant Reggie Martin—to succeed in the quest to overthrow Justice Vanstone and her Redistribution Commission's proposed redistribution up to the Superior Courts, I will mostly refrain from doing so, notwithstanding that I note the ALP had costs awarded against it.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (16:27): I thank the various ministers with whom I spent some time over the last week in estimates procedures for their courtesies. As the shadow minister for multicultural affairs, the arts and education, I had a range of interactions. I will briefly take this opportunity to reflect on what the people present and the South Australian community learnt in those portfolio areas during the estimates process.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (11:48): This is a very important motion. The fact is that Paradise Interchange is inadequate and needs to be improved. This government promised that it would improve it, and it has failed to uphold its promise. Though I have liked the minister for a long time as an individual, his speech has disappointed me greatly because it has laid open and bare for everyone to see the rotten, spiteful heart that defines this government.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:13): Today, I would like to speak about the unfortunate closure of the Unity College at Spring Head at the end of this year and pay tribute to its extraordinary history over nearly 150 years. It was originally the Spring Head School and then the Spring Head Trinity Lutheran Primary School, the name by which most old scholars and most people in the community knew the Spring Head Lutheran School.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:02): This has been a deeply disappointing display by a dysfunctional Labor government that has long forgotten that they are here to represent the people of South Australia and do what is in their best interests, yet the people of South Australia cannot turn a corner these days without being mugged by this Labor government that does not care for their future, but only cares for their own political survival.