Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:16): The Freedom of Information (Offences) Amendment Bill will require stricter controls to be placed on the way that freedom of information applications are treated by government offices. As a member of the opposition, it is critically important because we believe that, where possible, information must be freely available to the people of South Australia.
Mr GARDNER: Yes, it is. It is my understanding that this is probably the only chance I will have to speak on this again before we send it back to the Legislative Council for their consequential consideration of—
The CHAIR: And you are going to take that opportunity?
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:32): I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak on the Public Works Committee report on the Henley Beach Police Station. I know that, in due course, some of my colleagues will no doubt have some interesting words to say about the matter. Obviously any new infrastructure in the police portfolio is of significant interest to me as the shadow police minister. In a year when the Labor Party has shut down eight police stations, it is nice to see that they are at least trying to open one up, given the rhetoric that we have had to deal with at every election campaign.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:55): My voice is fading fast, so I will not detain the house for the full 20 minutes on the Appropriation Bill. I could provide you with some prepared remarks, but that would require me to write it in advance and that is against, of course, Westminster practice and procedure, as Erskine May tells us; instead, I offer just a few remarks on the Appropriation Bill ex tempore.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (12:57): It is with great pleasure that I rise on behalf of the opposition to support the motion. I indicate that, as shadow minister, I have enjoyed a terrific working relationship with Commissioner Burns, as indeed have the members for Stuart and Morphett (as shadow ministers) prior to me. Were it not for the late hour of this debate, where we have only two minutes until the closure of private members time, I know that those two members in particular would have very much enjoyed the opportunity to rise to express their personal appreciation, as well as on behalf of the opposition.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:12): Thank goodness for small mercies. A government with absolutely no idea what they are doing, with the support of about one in three voters in South Australia, entering their second year—a year when the Premier said that we would have our socks knocked off by the boldness of their policy agenda.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (10:47): It gives me great pleasure today to introduce into the House of Assembly the Family Relationships (Surrogacy) Amendment Bill. I acknowledge and appreciate that the Hon. John Dawkins MLC is in the gallery today to see the House of Assembly first give consideration to this bill.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (16:22:09): It gives me great pleasure to rise today to congratulate Linda Williams on her appointment as South Australia's first female Deputy Commissioner of Police. I want to talk a little bit about Linda Williams and her appointment and also about 100 years of policing by women in South Australia. South Australia was the first police force in the British Empire to appoint women on the same pay and conditions as male police, with Kate Cocks and Annie Ross starting work in that role on 1 December 1915. I think Linda Williams' appointment is one more step in the line of the great work that women are doing in the South Australian police force, as they have for nearly 100 years.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:12:54): I just asked the Minister for Emergency Services when the Montacute CFS' new fire station would be built and I wish to advise the house why that question is so important. I will do so through a time line. The first I became aware of the desperate need for a new Montacute CFS station to be built was in fact sometime in early 2009. When I was a Liberal candidate, the then member for Morialta, Lindsay Simmons, was in this place representing the people of Morialta, and the people of the Montacute CFS brought to my attention their sincere concerns in terms of both occ health and safety, fire safety and general management and the attractiveness of their existing station, which is completely inappropriate and unfit for purpose. They, in fact, were arguing for a new station to be built.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (16:15:15): It is always a sort of surreal experience speaking on the Supply Bill which, as other members have identified, is an opportunity for us to give the government a cheque for $3 billion without actually having any understanding of what they are going to spend it on other than that some of the things are going to presumably be similar to things they have been spending money on up until now.