Parliament: Questions Kelly's Asked

Open State Event on Child Protection Issues

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking questions of the minister representing the Minister for Education and Child Development on the subject of Open State.

Leave granted.

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: As part of the recent Open State event, Mr Nigel Richardson was brought from the United Kingdom to discuss issues of child protection based on his experience as a bureaucrat in Leeds. My questions to the minister are:

  1. How much money did the state government contribute toward bringing Mr Richardson to South Australia?
  2. How many government staff members attended events when Mr Richardson was a speaker?
  3. How much money did the government spend paying for DCSI and/or education department employees to attend events where Mr Richardson was a speaker?
  4. What policies and practices will change as a result of Mr Richardson’s visit?
  5. Were Australian experts in the field of child protection, early childhood and social engagement offered an opportunity to speak at Open State events, particularly before Mr Richardson was selected?
  6. How many families will be socially and financially supported to attend Circle of Security parenting courses in 2016-17?
  7. What will be the cost to DCSI of parents attending parenting courses in 2016-17?

The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Climate Change): I thank the honourable member for her long list of questions on notice. I undertake to take those questions to the minister in the other place and seek a response on her behalf.