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?
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 Does that document still represent the government's strategy, or is there a new strategy that has superseded this document?
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?
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?
Mr GARDNER: I refer to Budget Paper 4, Volume 4, page 105, the TAFE SA Strategic Plan. Can the minister update the committee on how TAFE is progressing towards the full contestability we are expecting to see in 2019? What will TAFE's key roles be in 2019?
Mr GARDNER: In Budget Paper 3, on page 93 there is a note in relation to student enrolment numbers that a 1 per cent growth in government school enrolment numbers above the levels incorporated in the budget would increase expenditure by approximately $20 million per annum. Can the minister advise if the dollar impact therefore decreases if there is a reduction in numbers?
Mr GARDNER: Yes, very briefly. Can I thank the minister for her opening statement and reflecting on the importance of the bipartisanship of multicultural affairs as a policy area. It is very important that new people coming to South Australia do not feel alienated in any way for having a different heritage and stories in their culture, and in fact feel that they are celebrated across the South Australian parliament. This is something I think is very important. I have some questions, sir.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (14:55):My question is to the Premier. How much money did the state government provide to the Royal Adelaide Club as part of the Qingdao International Beer Festival sponsorship, and what was the nature of this funding?
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:02): Excellent. I will see if I can do two in one, sir. My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. Will TAFE SA be commercially competitive in 2018, as has been stated as a target by the minister and former minister Gago? Can the minister provide clarity as to which services will be protected from commercial competition to enable it to meet its social community and equity roles?
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (14:18): My question is also to the Minister for Health. Why should the people of the north-east believe any promises your government makes given that prior to the last election the redeveloped Modbury Hospital emergency department was opened with 40 treatment and assessment bays, and as of today only 29 of the bays are operating, and the promised $46 million budget for upgrades at Modbury has been cut by $14 million to the $32 million identified and bragged about by the minister earlier?