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Grievance Debate: Kurralta Park Kindergarten Crossing

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:17 ): Today, I want to bring the attention of the house to some very important matters relating to the Kurralta Park Kindergarten that were first brought to my attention by the member for Hindmarsh, Mr Matt Williams MP, an incredibly hardworking local member. His hard work, I know, is appreciated by many of his constituents, in particular the 105 constituents associated with the Kurralta Park Kindergarten who signed a petition that was tabled prior to question time today. Those 105 constituents of Mr Matt Williams MP have asked this house to note their petition, which reads as follows: 

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Grievance Debate: History Month

 

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:16 ): One of the great pleasures of my portfolio of shadow minister for the arts is the opportunity to participate in History Month events. This History Month, I want to commend not only the organisers of History Month itself, but all the many local community history organisations that have endeavoured to put on a spectacular array of events around South Australia. I have had the pleasure of attending some of those in Adelaide, and I particularly want to reflect on a couple of them. 

 

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Bill: Disability Services [Inclusion and Monitoring] Amendment Bill

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 10:50 ): I am pleased to speak on the Disability Services (Inclusion and Monitoring) Amendment Bill. Members would be aware that some of the issues raised in this bill are those that I have been following with some interest for some time and occasionally make contributions to the house on. I would particularly like to commend the member for Morphett, who has brought this groundbreaking legislation to the parliament for its consideration. 

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Grievance Debate: Housing Development

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:31 ): I rise today to bring to the house both the greetings from thousands of residents of Rostrevor, Woodforde, Teringie, and Magill and their displeasure with the government and, more particularly, with the Minister for Planning. Last week, on Thursday 12 May, the member for Hartley and I were pleased to be able to attend an Adelaide Hills Council community forum on the future of the site at the old Magill Training Centre and, particularly, the extraordinary traffic problems and challenges the redevelopment of this site will present. 

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Motion: Modbury Hospital Downgrade

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 12:38 ): I am very pleased to support this motion. It is unfortunate that some other members who would like to speak at another time will not necessarily have the opportunity to do that due to pairing arrangements. Nevertheless, on their behalf, I will just put a few final comments on the record before we bring this to a vote this afternoon. I am very pleased that as the Liberal Party and the Liberal opposition we will have the opportunity to support the motion:

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Motion: Women in Policing

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 11:59 ): I will be brief because I know that many of the guests in the gallery have a very important morning tea to get to soon, which recognises the service that they have provided to the community of South Australia and to South Australia Police, for which we are all very grateful and of which they should rightfully be proud. I do, however, want to put a few things on the record.

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Bill: Southern State Superannuation [Parental Leave] Amendment Bill (2nd Reading)

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:53 ): I am pleased to speak on the Southern State Superannuation (Parental Leave) Amendment Bill, and I do not intend to take an enormous amount of the house's time. However, I do want to put a couple of things on the record in regard to the second reading speech which perhaps the Attorney might consider responding to in his answer, or perhaps more likely between the houses through the Hon. Rob Lucas who will be representing the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council and is, indeed, the lead shadow minister in this portfolio area which, I assume, is industrial relations.

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Adjournment Debate: 2015 Morialta Citizenship Awards

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 16:46 ): On this occasion, I wish to tell the house about the fine young people in my electorate who have received Morialta citizenship awards in the 2015 year. As I do every year, the Morialta citizenship award is offered to every school in the Morialta electorate for a fine young citizen who demonstrates the traits of good citizenship as a role model for their peers and as somebody who demonstrates that sense of service that puts one's peers and one's community and one's global community above one's own self-interest.

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Bill: Evidence [Journalist] Amendment Bill (2nd Reading)

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 11:07 ): I am very pleased to be able to speak on the Evidence (Journalists) Amendment Bill. I have been looking forward to the opportunity to speak on this matter all morning, as a matter of fact, and I am very pleased that we have the opportunity today to debate it. At the last election, the Liberal Party had a very clear position in support of an open society through shield laws, which was part of our manifesto and our commitments that we made to the people of South Australia. These shield laws are a concept that is understood in relation to the protections that journalists have in relation to protecting their sources, and this bill deals directly with that matter this morning. I commend it to the house. I urge all members to consider it.

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