Parliament

Question: Errington Special Education Centre

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:39): My question is to the Minister for Education. Why did the majority of the parent members on the Errington Special Education Centre governing council resign? Has the minister been briefed on the circumstances of the matter?

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Bill: Children's Protection (Guardianship) Amendment Bill

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (10:34): I am not going to detain the house for an enormously lengthy period of time on this. I realise there are some other legislative instruments that are contemplating some of the same harms that were brought to the house's attention by the member for Bragg and the member for Adelaide in raising this matter in November and December last year.

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Question: Adelaide Youth Training Centre

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:37): I have a question for the Minister for Education. How is the government supporting the specialised staff who deliver educational programs at the Youth Training Centre at Cavan?

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Question: Labor's 2013 Literacy and Numeracy Plan

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:33): My question is to the Minister for Education. What is the status of the government's 2013 literacy and numeracy plan, titled 'Great start, strong foundations, powerful learners: a literacy and numeracy strategy from birth to 18'? Does that document still represent the government's strategy, or is there a new strategy that has superseded this document?

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Question: Naplan Results 2017

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:24): My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister advise why the NAPLAN results in South Australia have shown lower mean scores and fewer children meeting the national minimum standards than all other states—Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania, in particular—across the majority of categories?

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Bill: LOCAL GOVERNMENT (MEMBERS CONTESTING STATE ELECTIONS) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:24): I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak on the Local Government (Members Contesting State Elections) Amendment Bill and commend the member for Unley for bringing it forward and the member for Goyder, who took the opportunity to also give his point of view on the matter. I want to acknowledge, not in any partisan way, that there is another candidate for Morialta, who is a member of local government, and if this bill is passed, or if Mr Ngo's version is passed, it may possibly impact on his candidacy. I do that to identify that I think it is absolutely suitable for members of local government to wish to run for state parliament as well.

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Bill: ELECTORAL (LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL VOTING) (VOTER CHOICE) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr GARDNER: On behalf of the opposition, can I indicate where we stand on the matter and then we can perhaps deal with all the Attorney's amendments on the voices en bloc or as we go. I note that in a number of places the Attorney has agreed to the amendments made by the Legislative Council and in a number of places has not.

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Bill: CONSTITUTION (ELECTORAL REDISTRIBUTION) (APPEALS) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:12): Thank you, Deputy Speaker, and thank you, member for Newland, for your kind consideration of my desire to speak on this bill. The Constitution (Electoral Redistribution) (Appeals) Amendment Bill was brought to this house on 13 April by the member for Bragg, and I also acknowledge the member for MacKillop, who spoke to this bill in May. Tempting as it is to use this bill as an opportunity to freelance at great length about the failure of the Labor Party—in particular, its appellant Reggie Martin—to succeed in the quest to overthrow Justice Vanstone and her Redistribution Commission's proposed redistribution up to the Superior Courts, I will mostly refrain from doing so, notwithstanding that I note the ALP had costs awarded against it.

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Bill: Appropriation Bill 2017 (Estimates Committees)

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (16:27): I thank the various ministers with whom I spent some time over the last week in estimates procedures for their courtesies. As the shadow minister for multicultural affairs, the arts and education, I had a range of interactions. I will briefly take this opportunity to reflect on what the people present and the South Australian community learnt in those portfolio areas during the estimates process.

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ESTIMATES: ARTS DSD (2017)

Mr GARDNER: I do not have a statement. I refer to Budget Paper 3 to start with, page 24, Her Majesty's Theatre. I do not imagine you will need to go too much to the papers, but what is the need for the increase in funding or, rather, what is the scope of the increased project for Her Majesty's Theatre becoming $66 million? Has there been an adjustment to the fundraising target that was last year identified as $3.2 million?

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