Parliament

Question: South Australian Employment Tribunal

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:47): My question is to the Attorney-General. What does the Attorney-General consider to be an appropriate or acceptable time frame for the Employment Tribunal to consider a matter regarding compensation for industrial hearing loss, the details of which were described by a constituent of mine in writing to the Attorney-General in September and which were first brought to the tribunal in June 2014?

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Grievance Debate: Morialta Conservation Park Traffic and Parking Issues

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:04): I rise for the second time today to talk about issues at the Morialta Conservation Park, particularly in relation to the parking and traffic chaos and loss of amenity to local constituents and residents caused by the vast amount of increased traffic to the area thanks to the new nature play space and the government's heavy promotion of the same. It has caused significant safety concerns. There is inconvenience to residents, traffic chaos and loss of amenity, as I have spoken about before.

 

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Bill: Education and Children's Services Bill

Mr GARDNER: I have a question about clause 3 that we might consider further between the houses. In relation to the definition of non-government schools on page 10, it has been suggested by a stakeholder group that the current definition of a non-government school—that is, a school that is registered under the Education and Early Childhood Services (Registration and Standards) Act that is not a government school—might be slightly broadened to include that a non-government school means a school and an education and care service. I put that on the record, and the minister can answer if she wishes. We could discuss between the houses that a stakeholder group has suggested that amendment, and if the government wishes to comment, then they might.

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Question: 2,500 TAFE students at risk over accreditation issues

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:59): My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. Have all the 2,500 TAFE students undertaking courses at risk of losing accreditation been contacted, as the minister undertook to ensure would happen last sitting week?

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Question: Datacom project at Modbury TAFE

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:58): My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. What progress has been made on the proposed Datacom project at Modbury TAFE? How many jobs have been created?

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Question: TAFE SA Audit

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:56): My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. Can the minister confirm what appears to be the case from her ministerial statement that 100 per cent of the TAFE courses audited by ASQA were found to be noncompliant?

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Question: TAFE SA courses at risk of being decertified

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:37): My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. Did the minister make inquiries with TAFE SA yesterday after she informed the house that she was not aware of TAFE receiving notice from the national Skills Quality Authority that 16 courses are at risk of being decertified?

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Grievance Debate: Abolition of Adelaide Hills Council Wards

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:18): Last night, the Adelaide Hills Council met and undertook what was a disappointing, foolish and, I think, disgraceful decision to ignore for the third time the 95 per cent of respondents to community consultation who said that they want to retain wards in the Adelaide Hills Council area. Ninety-five per cent of what I understand to be in excess of 500 responses from the community opposed the abolition of wards. The Adelaide Hills Council—six of the 12 councillors and the mayor with his casting vote—have decided that they want to again go to report, so that the Adelaide Hills community's views will be ignored once again.

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Question: Alcohol Supply to Minors

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:12): My question is to the Minister for Education. What work is being done in schools to promote the new laws against the secondary supply of alcohol to minors that recently passed the parliament?

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Bill: LOCAL GOVERNMENT [MEMBERS CONTESTING STATE ELECTIONS] AMENDMENT BILL (2nd READING)

Mr GARDNER: I think this is a superior bill for reasons that I commenced to outline last week. Fundamentally, it treats major party candidates and Independents as the same. The point that I started to make last week is that, when constituents have the opportunity to vote from a choice of a number of candidates at an election, if all the candidates have no party affiliation, that is absolutely fine, but in many cases that puts a burden on the constituent to find information about those candidates—whether they are the sort of person who shares the values of the constituent or whether they have the same set of beliefs that the constituent might have.

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