Questions

Estimates: Science and Information Economy (Patent Applications)

Mr GARDNER: Thank you for the information you have provided so far, minister. It is actually quite an interesting area. I think this is the first time I have sat through the science estimates.

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Estimates: Police

Mr GARDNER: I will go straight to questions. In relation to—let's take Budget Paper 4, Volume 3, page 141—there are a number of other potential references. I would like to begin, if I might, with a number of questions arising from the Coroner's inquest into the death of Zahra Abrahimzadeh. It is a serious matter, and I do appreciate the information that I have been provided by SAPOL over the last fortnight in relation to this matter, and I acknowledge that there are number of reforms that SAPOL has undertaken as a result of the case.

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Estimates: Department for Correctional Services

Mr GARDNER: I refer to Budget Paper 4, Volume 1, pages 142-3, relating to the workforce summary and the program net cost of services summary. Does the government have any plans or has the government done any scoping work on getting any services privatised in the coming year?

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Estimates: Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (Cavan)

Mr GARDNER: Yes, can I have a question first? On Budget Paper 4, Volume 1, page 125, the objective is to ‘provide secure youth training facilities for young people who are detained.’ Minister, in Corrections estimates on Monday, minister Piccolo was asked about whether the government had any plans to utilise either of the youth justice facilities at Cavan to hold adult prisoners—especially at times of surge, is what I have in mind, but at any time. While he has said the government did not have any plans to do so, he refused to rule it out. Minister, can you please rule out any possibility that either of the youth justice facilities at Cavan will be utilised to hold adult prisoners?

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Estimates: Health (Drug and Alcohol Service SA)

Mr GARDNER: I think this is Budget Paper 4, Volume 3, page 44, DASSA. I want to tease out the figures in the activity indicators a little bit to gain a better understanding, and perhaps that is useful to have on the public record. For the record, perhaps we can start with the fact that there are two activity indicators: the number of inpatient separations, non-hospital; and the number of outpatient attendances. There are estimated results for the end of the 2013-14 financial year in both indicators. Now that we have past the end of the financial year, I am wondering whether we have the actuals for the 2013-14 financial year to the 30 June. I am very happy if it needs to be taken on notice.

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Estimates: Department of Premier and Cabinet (Social Impact Bonds)

Ms CHAPMAN: Can you explain how the social impact bond is going to work? Who pays into it and what do they get?

The Hon. J.W. WEATHERILL: They are essentially philanthropic investors who are prepared to accept potentially lower rates of return in return for also getting some collateral social purpose.

 

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Estimates: Electoral Commission (State Election)

Mr GARDNER: I have a question in relation to Budget Paper 4, Volume 2, page 49, under Highlights—and we might refer to this one a couple of times, potentially—regarding the conduct of the 2004 state election.

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Asylum Seekers

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:20): My question is to the Minister for Police. Can the minister advise the house what is being doneto find the group of young asylum seekers who are reported to have fled their homes in northern Adelaide this week?

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