Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (12:54): As shadow minister for education, I am very pleased to speak on behalf of the opposition in relation to the Statutes Amendment (Universities) Bill. This bill will reduce the size of university councils, will extend the tenure of student representatives on the councils from one to two years and will allow the tabling of annual reports in the parliament by the Minister for Higher Education and Skills instead of by the Governor. It will strengthen statutory liability protections for council members and senior officers, it will include provision for the establishment of common investment funds, and it will expand the delegation powers of the university councils.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (12:26): It is with some pleasure that I rise to talk about in particular the secondary supply of alcohol aspects of this bill. In terms of the remainder of the bill, I note and endorse the comments of the deputy leader in which she set out the opposition's position—mostly endorsing the bill with some amendments.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:19): Today, I wish to mark the 175th anniversary of the pioneers of the town of Lobethal. 4 May 1842 is the acknowledged date for when Lobethal was founded, as 18 families from Prussia and their pastor came together in what is now known as Lobethal, the valley of praise, and held a thanksgiving service for where they had arrived. In particular, Pastor Fritzche read the following verse:
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (11:46): I rise to speak on the Supply Bill 2017, which proposes to give the government $5.9 billion to spend in the next financial year ahead of there being a budget prepared for the next financial year. Every year, we have a supply bill, and usually it seeks to appropriate $3 billion or thereabouts to get through the first quarter in case there is any hold-up with the full Appropriation Bill—the budget bill—that will cover the whole year.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (10:31): I am very pleased to speak on the Controlled Substances (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill. On a number of occasions, I have identified to this house my utter abhorrence at the scourge that drugs wreak on our young people. We have seen in recent months reams of evidence about the particular impact of ice in so many of our communities.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:44):It is my pleasure every year to present awards to students in my electorate who are worthy of citizenship awards. The Morialta Citizenship Award is a prize to the value of $100, a certificate and an acknowledgement of the student's work in a speech that I give every year in the parliament.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (16:23): I am very pleased to speak in favour of the Leader of the Opposition's motion, which is a very important motion. The motion, I should remind members, is that this house expresses its concern at the state of the South Australian electricity market. I hear from the government accusations that the opposition has been relentlessly negative in this debate, but I think it is entirely reasonable for the opposition to express its concern at the state of the South Australian electricity market.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:08): I am very pleased in particular to see the member for Florey is still with us in the parliament. I was very saddened that The Advertiser has reported today her political demise, as they have identified internal Labor Party documents that have presupposed the outcome of a preselection we are told is still to happen. Apparently, female candidates whom the Labor Party internal head honchos, the factions, have determined are going to get a run, do not include the member for Florey. But all is not lost, because the government has come to the rescue and there is indeed a new job that may well suit the member for Florey's needs.
I recently presented State Parliament with a petition signed by over 570 South Australians which aimed at securing safe crossings for students and parents for the roads surrounding Highbury Primary School and Pre-School.