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Motions - Public Education

Mr BELL (Mount Gambier) (11:51): I move:

That this house—

(a) recognises the importance of delivering a world-class public education system to South Australia's primary and secondary students;

(b) calls on the state government to set a minimum ATAR score for university entry into a Bachelor of Education; and

(c) congratulates all South Australian teachers on their commitment and professionalism to the students of South Australia.

As we all know, teachers have a profound influence during our childhood and teenage years, the formative years of our lives. They are responsible for inspiring, guiding and above all teaching us the skills that we need to survive and thrive in the real world.

As a student, you always remember the good teachers and you also remember the not so good teachers, but for different reasons. Students need teachers who are skilled, who inspire them and are driven themselves. A wise person once told me—and research has proven this—that the level of a student's academic ability will not surpass that of their teacher's in that given year. What that basically means is that if you have a poorly performing teacher, you are going to have a poorly performing student for that period of time.

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689 Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (2 April 2019). What is the total capital cost of moving year 7 into high school?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education): While some of the funds announced for new capital are only necessary to enable capacity for the inclusion of year 7s, it is important to note that a significant proportion is also to meet the growing capacity needs that many of these schools were facing even without the year 7s. It is also noteworthy that a significant proportion of the announced capital investment will go towards specialist learning areas that will benefit other students at the school in addition to the year 7s.

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690 Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (2 April 2019). How many in-zone enrolments are expected in year 7 in 2022 at:

(a) Adelaide High School?

(b) Adelaide Botanic High School?

(c) Brighton Secondary School?

(d) Marryatville High School?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education): I have been advised of the following:

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789 Dr CLOSE (Port Adelaide—Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (14 May 2019). What criteria were used to calculate infrastructure funding packages for Brighton Secondary School and Seaview High School announced in February 2019?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education): I have been advised of the following:

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Public Education Awards

Mr CREGAN (Kavel) (14:38): My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on the 2019 Public Education Awards?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (14:38): I know that all members of parliament will be pleased to learn more about the 2019 Public Education Awards, and I hope that many will take the opportunity to encourage members of their community to make nominations. I am very pleased to receive this question from the member for Kavel. I know that the member for Kavel has asked me as both a candidate and a shadow minister and, since the election, as the member for Kavel to visit a number of his local schools to engage with parents and to engage with teachers.

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Motor Vehicles (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Bill

Adjourned debate on second reading.

(Continued from 20 March 2019.)

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (11:24): I am pleased to have the opportunity today to speak on the bill. I know that the member for Reynell has raised this matter because it is an issue of concern to her and to many people in our community. As the Attorney-General previously outlined to the house, the government is concerned that in dealing with such a matter we are able to do so in a way that will ensure that it is effective, taking into account community concerns and community standards and also the fact that in Australia we do have vehicles able to traverse state lines, and we are obviously in a position where we would like to have a national outcome on this.

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End-of-Life Choices

The Legislative Council passed the following resolution to which it desires the concurrence of the House of Assembly:

1. That, in the opinion of this council, a joint committee be appointed to inquire into and report on:

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Country Cabinet

Mr BELL (Mount Gambier) (12:12): I move:

That this house introduces a country cabinet schedule for regional South Australians.

There is a catchphrase I hear thrown around a lot in this room, and that is #RegionsMatter. Well, you are right—they do. Mount Gambier and the Limestone Coast matter. The Riverland matters. The Murraylands matter. Eyre Peninsula matters, the Barossa matters, Clare Valley matters. Yorke Peninsula, Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu Peninsula matter.

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National Literacy and Numeracy Online


Mr ELLIS (Narungga) (15:00): My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister update the house on preparations for the transition to NAPLAN Online?

The Hon. J.A.W. GARDNER (Morialta—Minister for Education) (15:00): I am very pleased to be able to do so. I know that NAPLAN Online is a very important progress for our education system and, indeed, for jurisdictions across the country. It is an improvement to the system that last year saw 141 schools that undertook NAPLAN Online testing—100 government schools and 41 non-government schools—report feedback suggesting that students found the online assessment engaging and that the platform worked well for that number of schools.

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Government unveils $2.9m drug education package

Three providers have been confirmed to deliver preventative alcohol and drug education in South Australian schools through a $2.9 million State Government funding package over three years.

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