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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.