Illicit Drugs

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:46 ): My question is to the Minister for Police. Does the minister agree with the member for Fisher that:

…an overbearing police presence and zero - tolerance policies are forcing partygoers to take unnecessary risks, such as overloading on drugs 

Read more
Correctional Services Department

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 14:46 ): My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services. Why has the number of employees in the department of corrections earning in excess of $141,000 a year increased from seven to 23 in the last 12 months, according to the annual report tabled today?

Read more
Estimates: South Australia Police (2015)

The CHAIR: Member for Morialta, do you have an opening statement?

Mr GARDNER: Just very briefly I add my congratulations again to the new commissioner, Mr Stevens, and the new deputy commissioner. Going to questions, Budget Paper 4, Volume 3, page 113, 'Workforce summary': by what date will the government reach its 'recruit 300' promise?

Read more
Estimates: Department for Correctional Services (2015)

Mr GARDNER: —at activity indicators. All of the performance and activity indicators identify an estimated result for the end of the 2013-14 financial year. As we are now past 30 June, can you please provide us with the figures for 30 June for those eight indicators, and if you take it on notice then I will not blame you.

Read more
Estimates: Electoral Commission of South Australia (2015)

Mr GARDNER: No, only to welcome the commissioner to what I assume will be her final estimates, and I hope that it is a joyful experience for her. My first question while we are on the Electoral Commissioner—and, welcome again—refers to Budget Paper 4, Volume 2, page 48. The Administered Items identify two full-time equivalent employees, one of whom is, of course, the commissioner. What is the time frame for the appointment of the new commissioner?

Read more
Youth Justice System

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:32:26): My question is to the Minister for Correctional Services. Can the minister advise the house, following the coronial inquest handed down last week into the death in custody in 2011 of Mr Shane Rene Blunden, aged 18 years, which of the Deputy Coroner's 15 recommendations will the government implement to reduce the risk of future preventable deaths?

Read more
Montacute CFS

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:11:03): My question is to the Minister for Emergency Services. When will the Montacute CFS' new fire station be built?

Read more
Police Stations

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:58:37): My question is to the Minister for Police. When the Labor Party promised in its election policy to 'introduce new ways to report crime', why didn't they notify the public of South Australia that they were ending some of the traditional ways, such as face-to-face reporting at eight suburban police stations?

Read more
Police Recruitment

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (14:30): My question is to the Minister for Police. Will the government meet its commitment taken to the last two elections to deliver an extra 313 sworn police officers over and above the 2010 numbers?

Read more
Police Station Closures

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:18): My question is to the Attorney-General. Does the Attorney-General believe that crime will rise as a result of closing police stations?

The Hon. J.R. RAU (EnfieldDeputy Premier, Attorney-General, Minister for Justice Reform, Minister for Planning, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Child Protection Reform) (15:19): It's a very, very general, almost philosophical proposition. It's the sort of proposition one would expect to get in debating, where three people would be asked to say, yes, it will get worse, and three people will be asked to say, no, it won't.


Read more