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The fish rots from the head

The State Liberals are demanding Education Minister Susan Close tender her resignation as a consequence of the TAFE accreditation scandal engulfing the Weatherill Government.

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Parliamentary Committees: Standing Orders Committee

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (17:29): The opposition has considered a number of the matters put forward by the Standing Orders Committee. I believe that the committee gave relevant consideration to a number of issues that have been in the sessional orders for some time. It is apparent from the report, and as advised by the Speaker, that the committee took the view that it was appropriate to incorporate. This is problematic. 

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Non-government schools funding

The State Liberals have welcomed today’s announcement regarding increased funding to non-government schools in South Australia.

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Bill: FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS (SURROGACY) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (17:43): I am interested in the Attorney-General's remarks. While I have undertaken to be brief, he has said some things that cannot go without response. The Attorney-General says that a bill went through the parliament some time ago—the original bill to which this amendment bill makes further changes. In fact, it was the original act, because this parliament passed that bill. The Attorney said it 'passed on the voices' and was not really addressed here. I had carriage of that bill, which was of course of interest to Mr Dawkins, as the Attorney said. That is because it was Mr Dawkins' bill, as is this.

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TAFE SA Executives' $94,500 reward

The State Liberals are calling on the Minister for Education Susan Close to rule out further pay bonuses for TAFE SA executives who have overseen the unfolding accreditation fiasco.

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State Government must rule out bonus to TAFE CEO

The Weatherill Government must rule out the payment of a bonus to the TAFE SA CEO, with the training of 2,500 students jeopardised by the problems facing TAFE’s accreditation.

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Bill: ROAD TRAFFIC (HELMETS) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (10:40): I am very pleased to be able to rise today to speak on the Road Traffic (Helmets) Amendment Bill that the member for Schubert has brought forward as the shadow minister for road safety. When a member of the community comes to a member of parliament saying that something the government has done has affected them and impacted on their lives—they have been charged with or fined for an offence—you have to look at the situation presented to you and ask yourself, 'If this was happening down at the pub, would people believe me?' When the member for Schubert was confronted with this situation—that is, people being fined for having a camera on their helmet—I imagine something like that went through his mind.

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Close has many questions to answer about TAFE revelations

Weatherill Government Minister for Higher Education and Skills Susan Close has many questions to answer surrounding her handling of the TAFE accreditation imbroglio.

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Grievance Debate: Morialta Conservation Park Car Parking

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (15:17): Today, I would like to inform the house about a petition that is circulating in relation to a very important issue for the community that I have the honour of serving, the Morialta district. In particular, it relates to the government's provision of a new nature play space at the picnic area at the Morialta Conservation Park.

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Bill: EDUCATION AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES BILL

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (12:01): The Education and Children's Services Bill 2017 represents, in the minister's words, 'the most significant reform of education in 40 years'. Not everyone agrees with that. Can I say that there is quite a substantial history to this bill, which I will touch on for a little while. I will talk about some of the things we support and some of the things we might be moving some amendments to, and there are some things we have some questions about. Given that it is in fact a rewrite of the Education Act and the Children's Services Act, it does traverse some territory, combining both those acts into a new act.

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