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Bill: STATUTES AMENDMENT (DRINK AND DRUG DRIVING)

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (18:41): I indicate that I am not the lead speaker for the opposition on this important bill, but I am pleased to join the debate at a time when I have the opportunity to debate against the points made by the member for Fisher, the parliamentary secretary, who has just provided what I would characterise as a 'both ways' contribution: she wants to have it both ways. She is in favour of medicinal cannabis and, in fact, she said she is in favour of the use of medicinal cannabis being allowed on the roads, but not now.

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Motion: Chamber Broadcasting

Mr GARDNER (Morialta) (11:05): It gives me great pleasure to support this motion and indicate that the opposition supports this motion. I am very pleased that the government has moved a long way in the six years since I brought legislation to this house requiring that the Joint Parliamentary Service Committee make available video recordings, directly streamed through the internet, to the people of South Australia so that they can see what goes on in this parliament, in this building, and so that they can see the laws that affect their lives being made. It is, in fact, a principle that the people of Yemen had access to the audio streaming of their parliament—let's call it a parliament—before the South Australian people did. When that was turned on about five or six years ago, we were very pleased that we were able to catch up to Yemen in regard to this important democratic principle.

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SA needs to catch up on child care assessment

The State Liberals are calling on the Minister for Education Susan Close to ensure the assessment of South Australia’s child care centres is lifted to at least the national average in the shortest possible time.

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Morialta Matters Issue 24 (WINTER 2017)

Discussion in the State Parliament since the last edition of Morialta Matters has been dominated by the State Budget, and in particular the Weatherill Government’s attempts to introduce a new State Bank Tax.

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Distressing NAPLAN results

Today’s disappointing NAPLAN results reveal a decade of declining performance under the Weatherill Labor Government, according to the State Liberals.

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State Liberals to Focus on Language in Schools

The State Liberals will today launch another key education policy, with a push to reinvigorate the study of languages in South Australian schools.

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Motion: Paradise Interchange

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 11:48 ): This is a very important motion. The fact is that Paradise Interchange is inadequate and needs to be improved. This government promised that it would improve it, and it has failed to uphold its promise. Though I have liked the minister for a long time as an individual, his speech has disappointed me greatly because it has laid open and bare for everyone to see the rotten, spiteful heart that defines this government. 

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Grievance Debate: Spring Head Lutheran School

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:13 ): Today, I would like to speak about the unfortunate closure of the Unity College at Spring Head at the end of this year and pay tribute to its extraordinary history over nearly 150 years. It was originally the Spring Head School and then the Spring Head Trinity Lutheran Primary School, the name by which most old scholars and most people in the community knew the Spring Head Lutheran School. 

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Motion: State Budget 2017

Mr GARDNER ( Morialta ) ( 15:02 ): This has been a deeply disappointing display by a dysfunctional Labor government that has long forgotten that they are here to represent the people of South Australia and do what is in their best interests, yet the people of South Australia cannot turn a corner these days without being mugged by this Labor government that does not care for their future, but only cares for their own political survival.

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Bill: Appropriation Bill 2017 (2nd Reading)

Mr GARDNER: This bill is to appropriate money for public servants to be paid to enable the government to undergo its business, and it will be supported by the opposition so that supply may continue and government may go on. However, the budget papers contain many things that are worthy of some comment, some of which have already received a goodly amount of comment today, but there are a few things left to say about the government's state bank tax. 

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