Mr GARDNER(Morialta): I want to talk today about the state of the state, in particular in relation to employment. There was an extraordinary statement made by the Treasurer not five minutes ago that payroll tax cuts are, apparently, giving money back to businesses, as if it was not those businesses' money in the first place. I think this goes to the heart of the problem of why the South Australian economy is in such poor shape.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (18:19): I seek indulgence, Deputy Speaker, because I think at the moment one of the things that came out of question time today, or actually just before question time, is of very significant concern to my community—and this is, effectively, an adjournment debate, I suppose—and that is the outcome of the significant AFAC report into the Sampson Flat bushfires earlier this year. Of course, the report also dealt with the Tantanoola fires of January.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta): I am pleased to speak on this version of the Controlled Substances (Simple Possession Offences) Amendment Bill. I indicate I am the lead speaker. For clarity's sake, I note that this is a different bill to one of the same name that has been previously introduced since the election, and serves a different purpose.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (17:31): I wish to update the house briefly on some important work being done in the local area in the area of supporting women and children who are living through and who have lived through domestic violence. I note the member for Hartley's particular support for his fundraiser for the Eastern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service. There are a number of local initiatives that I wish to commend. In particular, Kathy Lilis (who the member for Hartley just spoke about in his contribution) was very welcoming, as she always is, in hosting me recently at the Eastern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service where I received a book called Walk In My Shoes: Stories of Survival celebrating the successes of women who have walked out of domestic violence and their stories.
Mr GARDNER(Morialta) (16:32:03): Speaking on the Summary Offences (Biometric Identification) Amendment Bill 2015, I do so obviously with an interest as the shadow minister for police. It is a matter that the police minister and I have discussed in a range of fora, including estimates, along with the police commissioner who provided some advice on that matter. It is also in relation to the portable fingerprint scanners, the use of which this bill seeks to make further enabled. I have also had the opportunity to be briefed by SA Police and, in particular, I thank those senior officers who took the time to do so.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:09): I will be brief because I appreciate there is a morning tea that many guests of the parliament are hoping to attend soon. Their interest in this debate, when it is adjourned, can be turned to that morning tea, and I thank those members who have organised it. However, this is a really important motion and I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak on it this morning.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:55): I do not know that I have ever heard a four minute speech sound so long, like an indefinitely timed opposition speaker, for a lead speaker against a bill. The point that I want to make is that this is a very brief bill. I make no reflection on the member for Fisher. I think that she put forward the government's case such as the government's case is and can be put forward, but the government's case is based on a bureaucratic approach to governing that typifies so much of what is wrong with the way that the South Australian government has dealt with the community over the last 13½ years.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:42): I am pleased to rise to speak on the Statutes Amendment and Repeal (Budget 2015) Bill, which of course puts into legislation some of the measures that were identified in the state budget. As other members of the opposition have done, I will be supporting the bill. It is our habit to do so, on both sides of the parliament, in relation to budget bills. That does not mean that it would not be appropriate to pass comment on some of the measures and some of the ways it could be improved, particularly considering the issues that confront South Australia.
Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:13): Today is the last day before the winter break and it is shaping as a very cold winter for a number of people on the steps of this house, amongst other things, and for some within it. It is also a day on which the Electoral Commissioner has had her report on the 2014 election tabled.