Mr McBRIDE (MacKillop) (15:05):My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house about the government's delivery of its election commitment for an improved internet service for schools—
As I’ve been talking to people in the community over the last few months I have sensed a growing feeling of confidence in South Australia’s future. Business owners are talking about putting on more staff; more young people are talking about building their futures here, rather than moving interstate to follow career aspirations. We are working hard to create an environment conducive to employment growth and prosperity.
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:19): I seek leave to make a ministerial statement.
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER:Today, I am pleased to advise the house of the release of the review of the South Australian Certificate of Education. The independent review was led by Wendy Johnson, the highly regarded principal of Glenunga International High School, and was informed by extensive consultation and received numerous submissions, including more than 1,500 survey responses. The review, which fulfils an election commitment of the Marshall Liberal government, is a crucial step to ensuring that we maintain an outstanding and highly regarded SACE certificate that is the envy of other jurisdictions.
Dr HARVEY (Newland) (14:46):My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on the government's delivery of its election commitment for Innovative Language Program Grants?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:46): I thank the member for the question. I thank him for his interest in education.
Mr Malinauskas interjecting:
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER: I hear the Leader of the Opposition calling out TAFE. I can't wait to get a question on TAFE from the opposition. I have been waiting all year. Ask me a question today.
Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:49):My question is to the Minister for Education. How many students with disabilities will have reduced access to swimming therapy as a result of the government's closure of the Strathmont pool?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:49): I thank the member for the question. It is a serious question, and it is a pleasure to receive a question from the shadow minister for education on—
Ms WORTLEY (Torrens) (14:57): My question is to the Minister for Education.
The Hon. Z.L. Bettison: Except for the Overland. You cut it. Did regions matter then?
The SPEAKER: The member for Ramsay is called to order. I'm trying to listen to the member for Torrens.
Ms WORTLEY: My question is to the Minister for Education. Did the minister seek advice from his department on its capacity to fund the $300,000 upgrade to keep the Strathmont pool open?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:58): I'm not entirely sure that I accept the premise of the question and that level of detail about a $300,000 capacity to keep the pool open.
Mr ODENWALDER (Elizabeth) (11:09): I rise to speak on the Road Traffic (Evidentiary Provisions) Amendment Bill 2018. I indicate that I am the lead speaker on this bill for the opposition and, indeed, I will be the only speaker as I am advised that no-one else on this side intends to speak on this bill in order to ensure its very speedy passage through this house.
Ms LUETHEN (King) (14:26): My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on the impact on schools and preschools today due to the strike actions?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:26): I am very pleased to be able to provide some information to the member for King, who I know is most concerned about the best interests of students and children in her electorate and around South Australia, as indeed are all members on this side.
Whilst there are a couple of sites in the King electorate that have been impacted today, I know the member for King is very pleased that the majority of sites in her electorate, as around the state, stayed open this morning when strike action took place. This is in stark contrast to 10 years ago when there was a significantly different outcome, and there was a significantly different set of circumstances surrounding AEU industrial action, when at that time about half the sites around South Australia closed.