Parliament

Adjournment Debate: 2015 Morialta Citizenship Awards

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 16:46 ): On this occasion, I wish to tell the house about the fine young people in my electorate who have received Morialta citizenship awards in the 2015 year. As I do every year, the Morialta citizenship award is offered to every school in the Morialta electorate for a fine young citizen who demonstrates the traits of good citizenship as a role model for their peers and as somebody who demonstrates that sense of service that puts one's peers and one's community and one's global community above one's own self-interest.

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Question: Adelaide Festival's Funding

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:11 ): My question is to the Minister for the Arts. Is the government cutting the Adelaide Festival's funding by a million dollars or not?

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Bill: Evidence [Journalist] Amendment Bill (2nd Reading)

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 11:07 ): I am very pleased to be able to speak on the Evidence (Journalists) Amendment Bill. I have been looking forward to the opportunity to speak on this matter all morning, as a matter of fact, and I am very pleased that we have the opportunity today to debate it. At the last election, the Liberal Party had a very clear position in support of an open society through shield laws, which was part of our manifesto and our commitments that we made to the people of South Australia. These shield laws are a concept that is understood in relation to the protections that journalists have in relation to protecting their sources, and this bill deals directly with that matter this morning. I commend it to the house. I urge all members to consider it.

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Question: Hoax Bomb Threat of Schools

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 16:11 ): My question is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Of the 20 schools that received hoax bomb threats last week, how many of those schools did not have SMS communication systems in place in order to keep parents informed about such emergency situations?

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Illicit Drugs

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:46 ): My question is to the Minister for Police. Does the minister agree with the member for Fisher that:

…an overbearing police presence and zero - tolerance policies are forcing partygoers to take unnecessary risks, such as overloading on drugs 

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Correctional Services Department

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:46 ): My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services. Why has the number of employees in the department of corrections earning in excess of $141,000 a year increased from seven to 23 in the last 12 months, according to the annual report tabled today?

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Firearms Bill

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (22:32:15): I am pleased to rise at this late hour to speak on the Firearms Bill 2015. Members interjecting:

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, please listen to the member for Morialta in silence. Order!

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Unemployment Figures

Mr GARDNER (Morialta): I want to talk today about the state of the state, in particular in relation to employment. There was an extraordinary statement made by the Treasurer not five minutes ago that payroll tax cuts are, apparently, giving money back to businesses, as if it was not those businesses' money in the first place. I think this goes to the heart of the problem of why the South Australian economy is in such poor shape.

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Sampson Flat and Tantanoola Bushfires

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (18:19 ): I seek indulgence, Deputy Speaker, because I think at the moment one of the things that came out of question time today, or actually just before question time, is of very significant concern to my community—and this is, effectively, an adjournment debate, I suppose—and that is the outcome of the significant AFAC report into the Sampson Flat bushfires earlier this year. Of course, the report also dealt with the Tantanoola fires of January.

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