This morning I was pleased to attend the warm and engaging 11th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.
Uncle Jack Charles was an inspiring keynote speaker he is an actor, musician, potter and gifted performer and has lived homeless, battled addiction and been in prison. He now inspires others to overcome their personal challenges.
It was an honour to represent the Premier at the Annual Vietnamese Tet Festival with the opportunity to present to and meet with Mr Phung Van Nguyen, President of the Vietnamese Community in Australia - SA Chapter Inc
The festivities continued into the night at the Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Street Party, allowing businesses and performances to showcase their products and cultural traditions with the wider South Australian Community.
What an eventful weekend - started off with helping the Prospect Lions Clubat the City of Prospect's weekly Twilight Sessions followed by spectating the Qualifying tie between Australia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
To top it off, I was delighted to attend the Gala Dinner in celebrating the start of the Lunar New Year with David Pisoni MP: Member for Unley, Shaun Osborn - Liberal for Adelaide and Jing Lee, MLC (South Australia).
Today at Parliament House the Joint Committee on Social Workers Registration Bill 2018 met for the first time.
I was joined by The Hon. Tammy Franks, MLC, The Hon. Connie Bonaros, MLC, The Hon. Irene Pnevmatikos, MLC, Josh Teague MP and Nat Cook MP.
The committee heard evidence from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Anita Phillips, Board Director, Cindy Smith CEO, Patricia Muncey SA President and Debra Parnell, National Manager Social Policy.
Evidence was also heard from the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) Ross Womersley, CEO and Dr Catherine Earl, Senior Policy, Advocacy & Community Engagement Officer and Ian Peak from the Public Service Association (PSA).
This morning I was proud to officially welcome students with Minister for Education John Gardner MP at Adelaide Botanic High School.
This is the realisation of my 10 year campaign for a second city high school for the residents of Adelaide.
I hope the students and teachers enjoyed their first day.
Today I had the pleasure of opening the 2019 Department for Child Protection SA Residential Care Art Exhibition.
This year’s event was themed ‘What do you connect with? People? Places? Nature? Culture?’
There are 50 entries from children aged between 2 and 16 years and some amazing art, gorgeous colours, creativity and textures.
A big well done to all our budding artists in the making! 🌈🥇🎨✨🌟
If you’d like to view this wonderful work, you can visit the ground floor gallery at 31 Flinders Street, Adelaide until January 25. If you are in the area I recommend popping in to see the many creative works.
In anticipation of the hot weather that is expected over the next week, I have been dropping off some electrolyte icy poles to some of my elderly constituents to help them keep their fluids up and stay cool.
If you know of anyone who might benefit from “Telecross” – a service where Red Cross gives you a daily telephone call to check on your well-being – please phone 1300 885 698 to register.