Speeches

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. 

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.

Appropriation Bill 2017

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (20:53): I rise to speak predominantly about the banking tax that the government is planning to implement that the Liberal Party is planning to block. I put a post up on Facebook to give the constituents and the people of Adelaide the right to have a say on this terrible banking tax, unlike the government which has not actually consulted with anyone—not the businesses, not the people.

Budget Reply Speech 2017

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (21:54): I rise to give my contribution regarding the Appropriation Bill. In 2008, I made a decision to join the Liberal Party and to aspire to become a member of parliament. The reason I did that was that too many of our young were leaving our state. I had a business that I had had for 15 years at the time, which I loved, yet I was so saddened by seeing so many of our best and brightest finish their degrees and move interstate to search for work.

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Suspension of Executive Board) Amendment Bill

Ms SANDERSON (Adelaide) (12:28): I rise in support of the APY Land Rights (Suspension of Executive Board) Amendment Bill, which allows the minister to suspend the executive board. I had the great privilege last week to accompany the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee on their trip to the APY lands. It was my first time ever in the APY lands, and it was such an amazing and beautiful place. The countryside is absolutely gorgeous, and we were very lucky, as has already been stated, to see the 20,000-year-old paintings at Cave Hill.