Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:32:26): My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services. Can the minister advise the house, following the coronial inquest handed down last week into the death in custody in 2011 of Mr Shane Rene Blunden, aged 18 years, which of the Deputy Coroner's 15 recommendations will the government implement to reduce the risk of future preventable deaths?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (16:22:09): It gives me great pleasure to rise today to congratulate Linda Williams on her appointment as South Australia's first female Deputy Commissioner of Police. I want to talk a little bit about Linda Williams and her appointment and also about 100 years of policing by women in South Australia. South Australia was the first police force in the British Empire to appoint women on the same pay and conditions as male police, with Kate Cocks and Annie Ross starting work in that role on 1 December 1915. I think Linda Williams' appointment is one more step in the line of the great work that women are doing in the South Australian police force, as they have for nearly 100 years.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:12:54): I just asked the Minister for Emergency Services when the Montacute CFS' new fire station would be built and I wish to advise the house why that question is so important. I will do so through a time line. The first I became aware of the desperate need for a new Montacute CFS station to be built was in fact sometime in early 2009. When I was a Liberal candidate, the then member for Morialta, Lindsay Simmons, was in this place representing the people of Morialta, and the people of the Montacute CFS brought to my attention their sincere concerns in terms of both occ health and safety, fire safety and general management and the attractiveness of their existing station, which is completely inappropriate and unfit for purpose. They, in fact, were arguing for a new station to be built.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (16:15:15): It is always a sort of surreal experience speaking on the Supply Bill which, as other members have identified, is an opportunity for us to give the government a cheque for $3 billion without actually having any understanding of what they are going to spend it on other than that some of the things are going to presumably be similar to things they have been spending money on up until now.
The Weatherill Labor Government's decision to allow the closure of eight police stations around Adelaide reeks of hypocrisy.
Police Commissioner Gary Burns has announced the closure of eight satellite police stations at Malvern, Firle, Hallett Cove, Newton, North Adelaide, Blakeview, Pooraka and Tea Tree Gully. All stations will close on 30 June.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:58:37): My question is to the Minister for Police. When the Labor Party promised in its election policy to 'introduce new ways to report crime', why didn't they notify the public of South Australia that they were ending some of the traditional ways, such as face-to-face reporting at eight suburban police stations?
A planned restructure of SA Police, which has come under fire from the Police Association, must not be hijacked by the Weatherill Labor Government's Police budget cuts, according to the State Liberals.
"Any restructure of police must be focused on improving operational outcomes for better public safety, not on cost-cutting," said Shadow Police Minister John Gardner.