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Teachers Registration and Standards (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill- Second Reading- 16/10/2018

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 19 September 2018.)

Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (20:33): I indicate that I am the lead speaker for the opposition on this bill. It is a pleasure for me to address this bill because not only do I have the utmost respect for teachers and the work they do but I also have respect for the Teachers Registration Board, the work it does and the people who work for it and who are board members of it.

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Department for Education, $2,642,198,000 Administered Items for the Department for Education, $301,007,000 - 26/9/2018

The CHAIR: Good morning, everybody. The estimates committees are a relatively informal procedure and, as such, there is no need to stand to ask questions. I understand that the minister and the lead speaker for the opposition have agreed an approximate time for consideration of proposed payments, which will facilitate a change of departmental advisers. Can the minister and the lead speaker for the opposition confirm that a timetable for today's proceedings as previously distributed is accurate?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER: Yes.

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BILL - STATUTES AMENDMENT AND REPEAL (BUDGET MEASURES) BILL

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (16:42): I am very pleased to be able to summarise the second reading on behalf of the government. It is an honour to have been able to handle this bill in the second reading stage. The government will provide ministers—either me or the Deputy Premier, or both of us—to support the committee stage, which we do not propose to enter into beyond clause 1 tonight, certainly not at this stage anyway.

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QUESTION - STEM Education

Mr BELL (Mount Gambier) (15:20): My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house regarding STEM Works being undertaken in my electorate of Mount Gambier?

 

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER: —the STEM Works program, which of course was announced a few years ago, including a $250 million investment by the taxpayers of South Australia announced by the former minister and supported by the opposition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics facilities in our schools around South Australia, is underway. Those works are underway. A number of them have been opened, and I have been pleased to assist in local members' participation in a number of those openings.

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CONDOLENCE - GILES, MR B.L.

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:12): I, too, rise today to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Mr Bryant Giles and echo the words of the Leader of the Opposition and the Premier. Mr Giles was the member for Gumeracha, an area now covered by the state electorates of Morialta, Kavel and Heysen, from 2 March 1968 until 29 May 1970. He is remembered as a proud and dedicated local member of parliament who passionately believed in the importance of the value of hard work and service to the community.

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BILL - TEACHERS REGISTRATION AND STANDARDS (MISCELLANEOUS) AMENDMENT BILL

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:40): I move: The Teachers Registration and Standards (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2018 will amend the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004 to address issues, with the ability of the Teachers Registration Board to suspend the registration of a teacher charged with serious offences and to improve administrative arrangements for the appointment of an acting registrar for the board.

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QUESTION - PHONICS CHECK

Dr HARVEY (Newland) (15:04): Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on the progress of the year 1 phonics check?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:05): I am very pleased to do so. It's a question that is something that I think all members of the house will be very pleased to hear about because this is something that every member of this house can stand together in pride—that South Australia is leading the nation. I thank the shadow minister for education for the trial that was undertaken of the year 1 phonics check last year. The analysis that she commissioned of Flinders University, which was released after the election, showed that the trial went well.

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STATUTES AMENDMENT AND REPEAL (BUDGET MEASURES) BILL 2018

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:54): Obtained leave and introduced a bill for an act to make amendments to various acts, and to repeal various acts, for the purposes of the 2018 state budget. Read a first time.

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Question - TAFE SA Tea Tree Gully

Dr HARVEY (Newland) (15:20): My question is for the Minister for Education. Can the minister advise the house whether students at Tea Tree Gully and other TAFE campuses will continue to be supported in their training?

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Question - TAFE SA

Mr COWDREY (Colton) (15:03): My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister outline to the house the benefits of the government's response to the TAFE Strategic Capability Review and related measures contained in the budget?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER: Thank you, sir. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to talk about TAFE and the way that this government has stepped in to rescue TAFE from the dilapidation and the disarray in which it was left by those opposite. A $109 million rescue package was necessary for TAFE SA due to the work of the Labor Party in destroying that proud institution over a long period of time.

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