Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:09):This is an important bill brought to the house by the member for Bragg. It responds to what has been an atrocious abuse of public trust and public funds by this government over the last year, over the last three years, since the last election and over the last 15 years, frankly. This is a government that barely one in three South Australians voted for, yet they have managed to spend over $100 million since I have been in the parliament on advertising themselves—more than $30 million in the most recent year on telling the people of South Australia how good they are. It is a disgrace.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:03): My question is to the Minister for Education. With what is the government replacing the school-based apprenticeship brokers, who I understand have been told that their jobs will finish in January?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:01): My question is to the Minister for Education in a similar vein. Can the minister clarify this: will Norwood Morialta High School benefit additionally from any proposed sale of the Rostrevor campus land, or are the proceeds of the sale of that land slated to go towards the school's $30 million grant, or will the money from that sale be returned to general revenue?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:57): My question is to the Minister for Education. What community consultation was undertaken before the government's announcement to amalgamate the Whyalla high schools into a new school and how many stakeholders were supportive of the idea and how many were opposed to the idea?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:29): Today, I would like to talk about the importance of language education in our schools, and the government's announcement last week of their language strategy was welcome. It was playing catch-up, of course, given that in August the opposition announced a series of language policies which the government seems to have read in detail because a number of their announcements virtually copy things the Liberal Party had committed to in August, but we welcome them.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:29): This is a very important motion for the people of my electorate, particularly those living in Highbury (north of the river) and some of the Hills communities for which Modbury Hospital is often the first hospital of call. It is also important for residents of Rostrevor, Athelstone and all the other suburbs in Morialta because there are flow-on effects of the changes to Modbury, as there are across the whole of the north-eastern suburbs.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:44):In relation to the minister's answer about the support for regional schools, which the opposition supports, can the minister explain why the communication strategy for informing the schools about these announcements was made by paired city Labor MPs to regional schools in their paired electorates prior to the public announcement of the funding?
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:19): Five hundred years ago this very day, Martin Luther, a former Augustinian monk, ordained Catholic priest and doctor of theology at the University of Wittenberg, wrote a scholarly presentation to his bishop, protesting the church's practice of selling indulgences: taking coin and in return granting absolution from sins.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:07):Can the minister confirm how much of the funding announced yesterday will be taken up with consultancies, project management and departmental administration costs? Will it be less than the one-third that has been spent on those expenses in the STEM Works program?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:44): My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. Is the minister now able to advise the house how many TAFE students were notified that their own course is affected by the ASQA audit and, in particular, how many were studying the individual units of competency that are being called into question?