Parliament

World Teachers' Day

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (12:19): It is a great pleasure to speak in favour of this motion to celebrate and recognise World Teachers' Day on 5 October. I think everybody has wonderful stories that they can tell about teachers and the effect they have had on their lives. For many young children, particularly in primary school, who have the same teacher day in day out, they would spend more time with that teacher than with their own parents, so teachers are quite pivotal in the formative years of your life when you are growing.

Road Traffic (Mail Zones) Amendment Bill

Introduced a bill for an act to amend the Road Traffic Act 1961. 

Suspended Child Protection Department Staff

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (15:15): My question is again to the Minister for Education and Child Development. Will the minister inform the house how many Department for Child Protection staff (formerly Families SA staff) were suspended on full or part pay during both the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 financial years, and what the total cost was?

Report of Number of Children in Care With Case Plans

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (15:14): My question again is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. When will the government fix their systems so that they can report the number of children in care with case plans, as required by the Productivity Commission?

Child Protection Income Management

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (15:13): My question is to the Minister for Education and Child Development. How many families are now subject to child protection income management, as per recommendation 22.6 of the Chloe Valentine inquest, that was agreed to by the government over 2½ years ago?

Child Abuse Reports

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (11:30): I move:

That this house condemns the Labor government's record on child protection and in particular notes—

(a) the average waiting times on the Child Abuse Report Line having extended greater than one hour in 2016, compared to 10 minutes in 2012 and 20 minutes in 2015;

(b) that over 200 children and young people currently live in emergency care as compared to zero in 2002;

(c) that almost half of calls to the Child Abuse Report Line go unanswered and of those answered, the majority are closed with no action due to a lack of resourcing; and

(d) the number of children under the guardianship of the minister has reached a record high of 3,280, showing that more needs to be done in the areas of prevention, early intervention and rehabilitation.

Appropriation Bill 2017 (Estimates)

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (17:05): I rise to make my report on estimates from last week. I am no longer the shadow minister for social housing or youth; however, I did participate and ask questions on behalf of the shadow minister along with sitting in on the questioning about the status of women. They were all with minister Bettison. I must say that I almost developed an ulcer from frustration with how long every single question took to answer, how rambling and long all the answers were and how they went off on tangents. The minister was certainly very skilful at not actually answering any questions.

Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017 [Final Stages]

Ms SANDERSON: I welcome this bill coming to its final position and I indicate that the Liberal opposition will be supporting the bill. I would like to thank the stakeholders who spent many hours and weeks of hard work putting together their thoughts and meeting with my colleagues and me. We submitted over 100 amendments in the lower house, many of which were successful, and there were around 70 amendments submitted in the upper house, many of which were also successful. The government did not really accept them, but I thank the crossbenchers for accepting most of those in the upper house and for their understanding of this very complex and very important issue.

Paradise Interchange

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (12:05): I rise to support the member for Hartley's motion regarding the park-and-ride facility or better parking at Paradise Interchange. It is incredibly disappointing to see that the government can find money for Klemzig and Tea Tree Gully, yet it is again ignoring Paradise. We heard the member for Morialta describe how dangerous it is parking there, and the length of time that it takes to walk to and from your car. Imagine if you are a female, walking there late at night. Even at 5.30pm, it is dark these days in winter, so there is also the danger aspect of not fixing the parking facilities.

Code Blue Emergency Code

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (12:26): I rise to speak in support of this motion, and I congratulate the member for Chaffey on bringing this to the house's attention last year. I thank the government for following through and extending Code Blue out to the regions since then. Code Blue is a great initiative of the government. It was first enacted in 2016 in the city. As we have heard, it has now been expanded into the regions, including Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Whyalla, Ceduna, Coober Pedy, Port Lincoln and the Riverland.