Question: School Absenteeism

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:33 ): My question is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. How is the Department for Education capturing data on truancy or chronic absenteeism in our schools, and how many chronically truant children do we have in our public school system?

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Question: School Amalgamations

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:13 :27 ): My question is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Will the government give a commitment to parents at Pasadena High School that, if they vote to keep their school open, the government will ensure it stays open?

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Estimates: Multicultural Affairs DCSI (2016)

Mr GARDNER: I will make a brief opening statement. The minister and I spend a great deal of time together at functions, and often identify that South Australia is possibly one of the world's greatest multicultural success stories. I think that is true, but it requires constant work and constant support. One of the reasons South Australia has been a multicultural success story for decades is the bipartisan nature of the engagement with multicultural communities and the support that those communities receive from all sides of the parliament. We all value the opportunities that having that multicultural community creates.

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Estimates: Science and Information Economy DSD (2016)

Mr GARDNER: This is an area of course where we wish the government every success in its endeavours as it works with South Australia's industry and scientists to try to get some good outcomes. It is one where traditionally partisanship has not tended to overrun the celebration we make at the successes of our scientific researchers and the ways in which government can assist them. That said, there are some issues.

The budget line in Budget Paper 4, Volume 4, pages 70 to 73, seems to be most of this part of the portfolio. Is this where we would deal with questions related to the commonwealth Mobile Black Spot Program?

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Estimates: Arts DSD (2016)

Mr GARDNER: I will go to questions. I refer to page 74 of Budget Paper 4, Volume 4. There are significant funds in grants and subsidies and intergovernment transfers, which is the bulk of this budget, which is through grants to the Museum, Art Gallery, Festival and so forth. Can we please have a list, either today or taken on notice, of the total grants for each of those bodies for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17?

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Estimates: Education DECD (2016)

Mr GARDNER: I will go straight to questions. I refer to Budget Paper 4, Volume 2, page 12. The first statement goes to the departmental structure and identifies that on 21 June the government announced there will be a separate department for functions related to care and protection of children in response to Margaret Nyland's early findings. It states:

Due to the timing of this announcement, this agency statement is not reflective of the new structure.

These budget papers reflect the old structure and not necessarily what is going to happen over the coming 12 months, but there is this budget line here, so I want to ask a couple of questions about it. Are any aspects of the department, apart from program 3 (care and protection), being removed from that department, and are all aspects of program 3 being removed?

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Question: Child Protection Screening

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:13 ): My question is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Can the minister advise the house whether parents are required to apply for a police check in order to coach a sporting team at a public school?

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Question: Stand-Alone Child Protection Agency

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:03 ): My question is to the Premier. When was the Premier advised of the interim recommendation by Commissioner Nyland to establish a stand-alone child protection agency? When did he decide to move Mr Harrison from education and when did he inform Mr Harrison of that decision?

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Question: Chief Executive of the Department of Education

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:57 ): My question is to the Premier. Why was Mr Tony Harrison moved from his role as Chief Executive of the Department for Education?

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Question: Qualifications of New Education Head?

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:08 :48 ): My question is to the Premier. What specific qualifications does Mr Rick Persse have that qualify him to be the 10th chief executive officer for the Department for Education during the term of this government?    

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