Ms BEDFORD: With interest in and promotion of STEM subjects well and truly underway, what thought is being given to the other side of brains and the importance of the humanities and, perhaps, similar emphasis on LAMP subjects, subjects like language, arts, music and philosophy?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:54): I am very grateful to the member for Florey for that outstanding question because it is important that we do pursue a strong STEM strategy. It's possibly one of the few particular focuses of the former minister that I have given credit to: the STEM strategy, STEM Works facilities, infrastructure projects that are being rolled out and, indeed, development in STEM PD for teachers. So there has been some good work.
Mr CREGAN (Kavel) (14:54):My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on programs the government is supporting in relation to language education?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:54):I am very pleased to have that question from the member for Kavel, who I know has a strong passion for education, being the son of educators. His passion for his schools is very strong. I can inform the house that I get a letter or a phone call from the member for Kavel at least once a week, and I think that is something that a number of other ministers are familiar with. He is an excellent local member, always advocating for his schools and indeed for education across the state.
Mr TEAGUE (Heysen) (15:10):My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on progress towards meeting the government's election commitments relating to literacy and numeracy?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:10):I thank the member for Heysen for his question and his particular interest in the importance of literacy and numeracy, which I am sure all members are aware is the foundation upon which so much of a child's education and further success in school and in life is built.
Mr TEAGUE: Can the minister update the house about activities of students engaging in STEM studies in the course of these school holidays?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:43): I am very pleased to have that question from the member for Heysen who I know is greatly interested in his local schools and the activities of students. During the school holidays, I was very pleased to go to Mylor in the member for Heysen's electorate and spend some time with 108 students from around South Australia who are engaged in the STEM Explorer Program, year 7 and 8 students, who enjoyed their—and can I say from experience—extremely cold day in Mylor, indeed a cold week in Mylor. We also visited some other facilities around the state as they learnt more about STEM careers and the opportunities available through science and mathematics studies, the opportunities available to them further in life.
Mr TRELOAR (Flinders) (14:45):My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on the work being done to encourage young people in the electorate of Flinders to gain skills in aquaculture?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:45):I thank the member for Flinders for this question, and I acknowledge his particular interest in the young people in his electorate, and indeed their futures, and his particular interest in supporting the aquaculture industry that is so important for the economy of Eyre Peninsula and of South Australia. I am very pleased to identify that there's a lot of good work being done to ensure that those young people in the member for Flinders's electorate have the opportunity to have a better future with more jobs. One of the ways in which we are doing that is by delivering better services. That's what the new Marshall Liberal government is doing.
Mr BASHAM:My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister inform the house about the progress towards meeting the government's commitments to address truancy?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:57):I am very grateful to the member for Finniss for this question. The member for Finniss shares the concerns that I and all members on this side of the house have, and I hope all members of the house have, for our students who are truant. We are ensuring that we do everything we can to get them back to school.
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.
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.
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.
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.