Mr MALINAUSKAS (Croydon—Leader of the Opposition) (14:36):Supplementary: given that the minister is not going to instruct the police commissioner, how will he implement this policy?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:36):I thank the leader for the question. The policy is as a broad scale. The Stop the Scourge in Schools policy falls under the education portfolio, so I am very pleased to be able to answer the question. The fact is that that meeting that the Minister for Police identified took place on 16 April. It was a very productive meeting. We sat down with the police commissioner, the head of the education department (as the Minister for Police identified), and a number of officers of both departments, and had a very important discussion, a very useful discussion, about the nature of how that policy will work rolling forward. A number of issues were clarified.
Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (17:05):My question is to the Minister for Education. Will the Minister for Education rule out reallocating any of the $692 million in funding allocated to 91 public schools as part of Labor's Building Better Schools program?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (17:06):I thank the former minister for her question. Yes.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (20:01): I am also not the lead speaker. I rise to speak on the Constitution (One Vote One Value) Amendment Bill. The Leader of Government Business sends a note to the opposition of all the bills the government wishes to debate, and this bill did not appear in any form in any of the notes that his office sent the opposition over the past week. That is fine; the government can ignore that. It is possible the leader of the house himself was not kept in the loop.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:22): I want to take this opportunity, as I have on many occasions over the last eight years, to pay tribute, just before Christmas, to the cherry growers in Morialta, in particular, and other primary producers. I will start by touching on the apple and pear industry, which is very important to Morialta, both in its current boundaries and particularly after the redistribution.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:03): My question is to the Minister for Education. Will the Minister for Education prior to the end of the parliamentary year, being tomorrow, bring answers to the 50 questions that she took on notice but has not yet answered?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:13): This government over 15½ years has committed many atrocities upon the people of South Australia. They have put themselves before the people whom they claim to serve over and over, time and time again. In the last week, one of the most disgraceful examples of that has been put front and centre by the Minister for Education and by the Premier, who would take the extraordinary step of using children in South Australian schools as political pawns—as political hostages—in their game playing with the commonwealth.
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?