Mr CREGAN (Kavel) (14:54):My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on programs the government is supporting in relation to language education?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:54):I am very pleased to have that question from the member for Kavel, who I know has a strong passion for education, being the son of educators. His passion for his schools is very strong. I can inform the house that I get a letter or a phone call from the member for Kavel at least once a week, and I think that is something that a number of other ministers are familiar with. He is an excellent local member, always advocating for his schools and indeed for education across the state.
Mr TEAGUE (Heysen) (15:10):My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on progress towards meeting the government's election commitments relating to literacy and numeracy?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:10):I thank the member for Heysen for his question and his particular interest in the importance of literacy and numeracy, which I am sure all members are aware is the foundation upon which so much of a child's education and further success in school and in life is built.
Mr TEAGUE: Can the minister update the house about activities of students engaging in STEM studies in the course of these school holidays?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:43): I am very pleased to have that question from the member for Heysen who I know is greatly interested in his local schools and the activities of students. During the school holidays, I was very pleased to go to Mylor in the member for Heysen's electorate and spend some time with 108 students from around South Australia who are engaged in the STEM Explorer Program, year 7 and 8 students, who enjoyed their—and can I say from experience—extremely cold day in Mylor, indeed a cold week in Mylor. We also visited some other facilities around the state as they learnt more about STEM careers and the opportunities available through science and mathematics studies, the opportunities available to them further in life.
Mr TRELOAR (Flinders) (14:45):My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on the work being done to encourage young people in the electorate of Flinders to gain skills in aquaculture?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:45):I thank the member for Flinders for this question, and I acknowledge his particular interest in the young people in his electorate, and indeed their futures, and his particular interest in supporting the aquaculture industry that is so important for the economy of Eyre Peninsula and of South Australia. I am very pleased to identify that there's a lot of good work being done to ensure that those young people in the member for Flinders's electorate have the opportunity to have a better future with more jobs. One of the ways in which we are doing that is by delivering better services. That's what the new Marshall Liberal government is doing.
Mr BASHAM:My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister inform the house about the progress towards meeting the government's commitments to address truancy?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:57):I am very grateful to the member for Finniss for this question. The member for Finniss shares the concerns that I and all members on this side of the house have, and I hope all members of the house have, for our students who are truant. We are ensuring that we do everything we can to get them back to school.
Mr MALINAUSKAS (Croydon—Leader of the Opposition) (14:16): My question is to the Acting Attorney-General. What representations has the South Australian government made to their federal colleagues about the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission injunction? When the royal commission was announced in 2017, federal assistant water resources minister and South Australian Senator Anne Ruston said:
The Commonwealth would not stand in its way, and neither [would] NSW or Victoria.
I'd like to think they'd cooperate, certainly the Commonwealth will cooperate, we [have nothing] to hide.
The SPEAKER: Before I call the minister, with such facts introduced I would expect quite a broad response. Minister.
Mr KOUTSANTONIS:Thank you, sir, for your protection. My question is to the Acting Attorney-General. How will the Marshall government respond to a petition on change.org that calls on the government to review the sacking of the Commissioner for Victims' Rights, Mr Michael O'Connell?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:28):The Commissioner for Victims' Rights was not, to use the shadow minister's word, sacked. The Commissioner for Victims' Rights' term expired on 16 July. There was a merit-based selection process undertaken. The name of Bronwyn Killmier should be held in the highest regard by the people of South Australia. She has been a trailblazing police officer, one of our first female assistant commissioners of police.
Mr DULUK (Waite) (14:23):My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister provide an update to the house on the government's commitment in relation to a review of stage 2 of SACE?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:24):I am very pleased to be able to say, yes, I can. I thank the member for Waite for his question and his interest, along with so many members on this side, in ensuring that South Australian students have the opportunity to achieve their potential, the best version of themselves, by receiving the best education they possibly can.
Ms BEDFORD (Florey) (15:02): My question is to the Minister for Education. What thought has been given to earlier interventions to avoid the punitive impacts of heavy fines and convictions, even as a last resort, on families in crisis having real difficulties in getting their children to school regularly?
Mr MALINAUSKAS (Croydon—Leader of the Opposition) (14:46):A supplementary question to the Premier, and I thank the Premier for his previous answer and reiterating his intention to instruct. The supplementary question is: when will the Premier be seeing to the minister tabling the instruction to the police commissioner, as is the requirement under the Police Act?
The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:47):I thank the member for the question. As previously identified, the Stop the Scourge in Schools policy falls under the responsibility—