Childcare Services

Ms SANDERSON ( Adelaide ) ( 14:35 :33 ): My question is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Following on from my question on 20 October 2016, will the minister now advise the house of how long the then 15-year-old hoon driver, under the guardianship of the minister at the time, had been missing for at the time of the incident that killed Mrs Nicole Tucker?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE ( Port AdelaideMinister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (14:35:59): I will take advice from the department about what is able to be said about someone who is under guardianship. Given the very high degree of protection we have for children under guardianship and information being provided, and given that it's possible now to identify that individual, I will take advice about what is appropriate to bring back to parliament.

Ms SANDERSON ( Adelaide ) ( 14:36 :19 ): My question again is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Has the minister or her department conducted a review as to why the youth was not at his accommodation or under supervision at the time the offences were committed? If so, who conducted the inquiry and what was the outcome?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE ( Port AdelaideMinister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (14:36:40): Again, I will take advice on what is able to be provided in a public form on that subject.

Ms SANDERSON ( Adelaide ) ( 14:36 :47 ): A supplementary: can the minister inform the house whether the Guardian for Children and Young People has undertaken an inquiry into this event?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE ( Port AdelaideMinister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (14:36:58): I think, in all reasonableness, that is covered by my previous answer.

Ms SANDERSON ( Adelaide ) ( 14:37 :02 ): A further supplementary: will the minister now approve a secure therapeutic—

The SPEAKER: If the question is a supplementary, why has the member for Adelaide read each of them from a piece of paper, since they are supposed to be contingent on the minister's answer?

Members interjecting:

The SPEAKER: Does the member for Adelaide have a response?

Ms SANDERSON: I can ask it without the piece of paper, if you prefer.

The SPEAKER: Yes, that would be good.

Ms SANDERSON: Will the minister now approve a secure therapeutic facility for children, as recommended by both Ted Mullighan and the royal commission?

The Hon. S.E. CLOSE ( Port AdelaideMinister for Education and Child Development, Minister for Higher Education and Skills) (14:37:42): Yes, we have canvassed the topic of a secure facility for children under guardianship for some time here, and it was extensively looked into by Margaret Nyland in her royal commission. As members will be aware, her view was that we should continue to do more work on that.

Recognising that there are a number of different views about it in the community is one of the actions that we are undertaking at present. We will reach a view alongside the community and, in particular, those who represent children under guardianship about the most appropriate way to move forward, whether or not it is indeed a secure facility or what form of secure facility it is, what conditions there are contingent upon having a child locked up and the protections for the child in the situation that we do proceed with that process.