speeches

Grievance Debate: Ridgehaven Primary School Student Crossing

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:33 ): Today, I am presenting to the parliament on behalf of the school community at Ridgehaven Primary School. On behalf of that community, as the Liberal Party's shadow education minister, I have today brought to the parliament a petition, signed by nearly 200 members of that community, calling on the government to deliver road safety improvements that will protect the lives of the children at that school. I will quote directly from the text of the petition: 

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Grievance Debate: Private Music Instructors

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:29 ): I rise today to speak about music in schools. There are some critical challenges facing our young people who are learning instruments, their families and the schools that promote that, because they know that learning an instrument is good for a student's education, and of course the hundreds of private music instructors around South Australia who have no idea at this stage whether they will have a livelihood next year, as their business models and the work they have done for decades in public schools is under threat as a result of action taken by the Australian Education Union in the Industrial Relations Commission. The government has as yet been unable to address this issue. I am calling on the government to fix this issue which can, I believe, be fixed. 

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Bill: Parliamentary Committees [Public Works Committee] Amendment Bill (2nd Reading)

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 10:31 ): I commend the member for Schubert for bringing this bill to the house. This bill is similar to one that I have suggested to our party room before, and I think the member for Schubert has taken up that call and argued forcefully for it. The party room has given its absolute support because this is an important measure that will improve—

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Bill: Death With Dignity Bill (2nd Reading)

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 20:56 ): I find myself extremely challenged by this bill, as I have with similar bills that have come before it, and as I stand here I wish I had the certainty of the hundreds, and possibly thousands, of people who have contacted other members of parliament and me. I have particularly taken note of constituents in the seat of Morialta, and the house might or might not be interested to know that they fall roughly evenly in their spread of certainty that this bill is utterly necessary and contains all of the sufficient safeguards to ensure that the unintended consequences that other members have identified will come through, and half have the absolute certainty that this remains the thin end of the wedge from which thousands of vulnerable people might be put at risk down the track. 

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Grievance Debate: Italian Earthquakes

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:25 ): I rise on behalf of my community in Morialta in particular, but I am sure on behalf of the house and all South Australians, to extend my deep sorrow to all the people who have been impacted by the recent earthquakes in central Italy. Of course, the house would be aware that many thousands of people in my community are first, second or third generation migrants from Italy, and the Marche region in particular is one of the main areas my residents have come from, many of them after the Second World War. 

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Bill: Voluntary Euthanasia Bill (2nd Reading)

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 10:57 ): I wish to place on the record, perhaps briefly, my comments on the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill. I have spoken on previous bills that have come to this chamber on this matter, so I will allow people to read at length those contributions from 2011 if they wish to get my detailed position on all the aspects. However, just in brief, I did point out in those bills that my judgement certainly at that time on voluntary euthanasia would be tied to certain safeguards: matters to do with requiring a second opinion of the initial diagnosis, requiring informed consent and requiring a confirmation by mental health professionals that somebody was not suffering from treatable depression. This bill does not meet the safeguards that were put there. 

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Grievance Debate: Chamber Music Adelaide

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:15 ): It gives me pleasure to identify that Chamber Music Adelaide conducted an exercise on the weekend that I want to bring to the house's attention. I want to commend Chamber Music Adelaide for this exercise because I thought it was a very solid endeavour. It was called On the Terrace. Chamber musicians of different natures were engaged to perform at our three sandstone institutions that sit next to each other on North Terrace: the State Library of South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum.

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Motion: National Police Remembrance Day

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 11:30 ): I move: 

That this house— 

(a) recognises today is National Police Remembrance Day; 

(b) values the unique work that the South Australia Police perform on behalf of our community; and 

(c) expresses its sadness for and deep gratitude to the families of those officers who have lost their lives while doing their duty. 

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Adjournment Debate: The Porch Sessions

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 16:00 ): Today I wish to speak about a thriving South Australian arts business, The Porch Sessions, which brings acoustic music and local food and wine into people's backyards for good friends and young families to enjoy in a safe and accessible environment. Over the space of just three years The Porch Sessions' series of small shows held in backyards across the state has become a much-loved local institution, achieving national recognition and providing countless opportunities to the South Australian creative sector. 

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Adjournment Debate: Stormwater Management

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 16:44 :03 ): It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to speak on an adjournment debate. Tonight, I want to talk about some of the issues confronting some of my residents caused as a result of the floods last week—in particular, those impacted by the extraordinary damage done to Montacute Road. For anybody who has not had the chance to see some of the footage that is quite easily available on the internet of the way that road has been washed away, it is a healthy reminder to anyone of the power of nature over our human constructions.

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