Parliament

BILL: Limitation of Actions (Child Sexual Abuse) Amendment Bill

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (12:48): I am very pleased to have the opportunity to speak on the bill on behalf of the Attorney and close the debate today. I thank the members who have contributed to the debate: the members for King and Hurtle Vale for their extraordinary personal reflections, the member for Heysen for his detailed and thorough explanations about a number of the legal matters, and the members for Badcoe, Wright, Elder and Hammond for their contributions. I believe I have captured the gamut.

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QUESTION: Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission

Mr MALINAUSKAS (Croydon—Leader of the Opposition) (14:16): My question is to the Acting Attorney-General. What representations has the South Australian government made to their federal colleagues about the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission injunction? When the royal commission was announced in 2017, federal assistant water resources minister and South Australian Senator Anne Ruston said:

The Commonwealth would not stand in its way, and neither [would] NSW or Victoria.

I'd like to think they'd cooperate, certainly the Commonwealth will cooperate, we [have nothing] to hide.

The SPEAKER: Before I call the minister, with such facts introduced I would expect quite a broad response. Minister.

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BILL: Education and Children's Services Bill

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:51): Obtained leave and introduced a bill for an act to provide for preschool, primary and secondary education in this state, to provide for children's services, to constitute the teaching service in this state and for other purposes. Read a first time.

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GREIVANCE DEBATE: MORIALTA CITIZENSHIP AWARDS

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:35): It is my honour every year as the member of the Morialta to honour and recognise the significant work of so many young people in the Morialta electorate as a part of my Morialta Citizenship Awards. The citizenship awards are an offer I make every year to all schools in Morialta. The awards comprise a prize of $100 per campus to a student identified by the school as demonstrating outstanding examples of citizenship and who is a role model for positive behaviours in the community and within the school, particularly for younger students. I give them a certificate at the end of the year. I mention their achievements in this speech every year so that their achievements can be recognised in the Hansard going forward.

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COMMISSIONER FOR VICTIMS' RIGHTS

Mr KOUTSANTONIS: Thank you, sir, for your protection. My question is to the Acting Attorney-General. How will the Marshall government respond to a petition on change.org that calls on the government to review the sacking of the Commissioner for Victims' Rights, Mr Michael O'Connell?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:28): The Commissioner for Victims' Rights was not, to use the shadow minister's word, sacked. The Commissioner for Victims' Rights' term expired on 16 July. There was a merit-based selection process undertaken. The name of Bronwyn Killmier should be held in the highest regard by the people of South Australia. She has been a trailblazing police officer, one of our first female assistant commissioners of police.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION

Mr DULUK (Waite) (14:23): My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister provide an update to the house on the government's commitment in relation to a review of stage 2 of SACE?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:24): I am very pleased to be able to say, yes, I can. I thank the member for Waite for his question and his interest, along with so many members on this side, in ensuring that South Australian students have the opportunity to achieve their potential, the best version of themselves, by receiving the best education they possibly can.

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QUESTION: School Absenteeism Member for Florey

Ms BEDFORD (Florey) (15:02): My question is to the Minister for Education. What thought has been given to earlier interventions to avoid the punitive impacts of heavy fines and convictions, even as a last resort, on families in crisis having real difficulties in getting their children to school regularly?

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Address in Reply

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (21:13): I am very pleased to be able to speak in reply to His Excellency's outstanding speech. I commend the Governor for his speech and his delivery and for his service to South Australia in so many ways. Other members have reflected on that outstanding contribution, and I echo their words without repeating them. Mr Deputy Speaker, I congratulate you on your service in this role, as I congratulate the Speaker, as others have done. I know that this chamber will benefit from yours and the Speaker's fine wisdom, gravitas and deliberations. The dignity that we hope this parliament will maintain is in good hands under you and the Speaker.

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Question: Schools, Random Drug Searches & Police Commissioner Protocol

Mr MALINAUSKAS (Croydon—Leader of the Opposition) (14:46): A supplementary question to the Premier, and I thank the Premier for his previous answer and reiterating his intention to instruct. The supplementary question is: when will the Premier be seeing to the minister tabling the instruction to the police commissioner, as is the requirement under the Police Act?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:47): I thank the member for the question. As previously identified, the Stop the Scourge in Schools policy falls under the responsibility—

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QUESTION: Police Commissioner Protocol

Mr ODENWALDER (Elizabeth) (14:58): Supplementary: does the Premier's protocol development require an instruction from the police minister?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:58): I have answered this question in other forms but, to be clear, the police commissioner, the police minister, the CE of the education department and I met and we discussed it. Subsequent to that, representatives of police have met with representatives of the independent school sector, the Catholic school sector and members of my department. We are currently working with police on developing the protocols. It is quite clear that this policy will be delivered by this government. I note the outrage of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition. It's confusing to me because when the Labor Party was in power—

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