Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:02): This has been a deeply disappointing display by a dysfunctional Labor government that has long forgotten that they are here to represent the people of South Australia and do what is in their best interests, yet the people of South Australia cannot turn a corner these days without being mugged by this Labor government that does not care for their future, but only cares for their own political survival.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (20:32):As have many members at this time of year, I have been greatly appreciative of the opportunity to join with a number of local service clubs in my electorate in recent weeks as they have had their changeover and handover dinners, celebrating years of successful hard work for their communities where volunteers have made an extraordinary impact in the community, and looking forward to the year ahead.
Mr GARDNER: This bill is to appropriate money for public servants to be paid to enable the government to undergo its business, and it will be supported by the opposition so that supply may continue and government may go on. However, the budget papers contain many things that are worthy of some comment, some of which have already received a goodly amount of comment today, but there are a few things left to say about the government's state bank tax.
Mr MARSHALL(Dunstan—Leader of the Opposition) (11:02): I indicate that I will be the lead speaker for the opposition on this bill. Let's stop mincing words. South Australia is in deep economic trouble and this budget offers no solution, because it will destroy more jobs and deter future investment in our state. This government continues to smash our economy with its wrecking ball of higher taxes and budget waste and mismanagement. Labor is ruining the future prospects of our children.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:22): I have extraordinary pleasure today in rising to reflect on the remarkable life of Bill Corey. Bill is a constituent in the Morialta electorate. He lives in Rostrevor in a retirement village just a stone's throw from the street where I grew up and, thankfully, very close to where my office is now. I had great pleasure in visiting him a couple of years ago to spend some time reflecting on his extraordinary war record and range of achievements in community and public service that he has undertaken since.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (11:25): This is a very worthy bill that the member for Adelaide has brought forward. I appreciate the endeavour she has put in to identifying an issue that has been brought to her by a number of residents who have faced issues and that this is actually a solution to the problem that is entirely sensible.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (16:58): It is a very great privilege that I have the opportunity to talk about some important policy initiatives and their benefits to South Australian people. Last week, the Leader of the Opposition launched what he has committed to if we form government after the election in March, and that is a literacy guarantee for South Australian students and families. Literacy is fundamental to everything that we seek to do in the education system. Frankly, the Liberal Party position can be summed up very simply: we want our schools to be the best in the country and we want our education system to be the best in Australia. To achieve that, we need to deliver a literacy guarantee.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:41): It is with a heavy heart that I talk today about Oakden, child protection, the government's failure to the children of South Australia, their extraordinarily bad NAPLAN results, the Debelle inquiry and the failure of SA Health in building a new hospital, yet being tens of thousands of outpatient visits short of capacity. We have to talk about a government which has delivered contamination to Clovelly Park residents and a government which is synonymous with burst water mains, with prison overcrowding, with disastrous trade figures and with unemployment today hitting 7.3 per cent, the highest in the nation and going up at a time when the national unemployment rate is coming down.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (11:44): It is with some interest that I rise to speak about the Public Works Committee's 530th report on the Modbury Hospital Transforming Health Project because just this week we discovered that some of the money that the government is spending on its Transforming Health plan has been spent on plastic wraps around The Leader Messenger newspapers going to households in north-eastern suburbs identifying that money is being invested in Modbury Hospital and presumably paid for out of taxpayer funds as part of the Transforming Health proposal.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (17:30): I thank members of the house for giving me the opportunity to make a brief adjournment speech tonight. As is the custom of the house, if the house adjourns before 5.30, we can make some comments. I want to talk about the history of the Gumeracha Kersbrook branch of the Liberal Party.