Mr GARDNER: I think the casual reader of Hansard deserves to have a full understanding of the facts as they are presented and, as the member for Newland sought to have the last word in the estimates response, this is the opportunity to respond thus.
The opposition is pleased that the Appropriation Bill will be passing and it is very important, of course, that our public servants have the opportunity to be paid over the coming months and up until the end of the financial year for the work that they do. That said, in reflecting on the manner of the debate, the member for Newland has raised many issues and the casual reader of Hansard should understand a certain number of context matters.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (15:12): It grieves me, in fact, to report that South Australia this week has not done as well as we should in our NAPLAN results. While the NAPLAN results cannot be used as a judge of a class or a teacher in an individual case, it is a signpost that says how an educational system is travelling. It is of sincere concern to the Liberal Party, the opposition in this state, that for six years now we have been travelling at the back of the class.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (12:51):I am very pleased to have the opportunity to comment upon the estimates process we have been through over the last week, and I will do so for the next eight minutes. I was obviously pleased to participate in those committees on the portfolios I represent as the shadow minister. Education and higher education were on Friday, the multicultural affairs portfolio and science and information economy were yesterday, and the arts portfolio was on Monday. I will comment only briefly on each of them just to put a few things on the record.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (16:17): I wish to take the opportunity today to talk about an intersection in my electorate and the opportunities for improving that intersection that my community would like to see implemented. The intersection in question is the corner of Reid Avenue and St Bernards Road, which is pretty much right out the front of the Morialta electorate office so, not wanting to just take my own personal interests into account here, I also have previously brought to the parliament a petition signed by hundreds of local residents and, more recently, conducted a survey of the surrounding suburb of Rostrevor.
Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 12:11 ): The Appropriation Bill is the bill we are debating and the opposition will support the appropriation of money. This is the bill that enables our public servants to continue to be paid once the money appropriated in the Supply Bill, which we debated in May and June, runs out. The money from the Appropriation Bill will flow for the rest of the year and, of course, we will support it.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:35:14): Prior to the luncheon interval, I was making some comments on the budget; regrettably, the time allocated was all too soon brought to an end. I wish to conclude some of those remarks.
An honourable member interjecting:
Mr GARDNER: Indeed. I was unfortunately distracted early on in my speech by some extraordinarily unusual comments and behaviour by a member of the government benches and ran out of time. Fortunately, we have this brief time now to resume. I will conclude the comments that I was going to make. At the time, I was quoting from a letter from the Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion to a constituent of mine.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (17:58):Again, as earlier, I am very sad to be rising on a motion such as this. I certainly echo the comments just made by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and I will come back to those in a moment. Today, we are as a house expressing our deep sorrow at the senseless death of Jo Cox MP and expressing our condolences to her family and constituency and recognising her service. Indeed, the second part of the motion is very important:
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (17:12):It is with resignation and sadness that I rise to talk on this motion. We, as a house, and I think each of the members in it on behalf of our communities, share in expressing our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the recent horrific mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, and, the second part of the motion, that we stand together with the LGBTIQ community around the world to condemn such a senseless act of violence, and denounce all forms of discrimination that may contribute to such hatred.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:19:58): I want to reflect on the Premier's performance in question time today, which I thought was an extraordinary example of spin, dissembling and post-hoc justifications. I think that the extraordinary series of commissions, inquiries, coronial inquests and the disturbing betrayals of faith the community has in the government's handling of child protection over the last 14 years have traumatised many in the community. It has led to a series of responses in the parliament today that have really been nothing more than spin, dissembling and post-hoc justifications.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:31:46):Today, I wish to talk about a new development taking place in my area that a number of constituents are quite concerned about. The proposal is for 18 two-storey dwellings to be built on 301,007 square metres of land on the corner of George Street and La Scala Court in the suburb of Paradise. Existing residents of La Scala Court, many of whom are elderly, purchased their properties on the premise that the land across the road would not be developed according to the plans—