I would like to thank honourable members for their contributions. Minister, I am pleased to hear your contribution. I would like to thank the Hon. Tammy Franks for her support and contribution and the honourable 'superfish', sorry, the Hon. Kelly Vincent. I get confused now that I know you are the 'superfish', Hon. Ms Vincent.
I am pleased that we have overwhelming support for this particular motion. Ultimately, minister, the buck does stop with you with regard to corrections. You acknowledge it and we all know that. But I also acknowledge that corrections is something that everybody in South Australia should consider because ultimately a released prisoner could well live next door or across the road. They are going to come back into society. I believe that we can improve the way we handle the corrections facility.
The minister was good enough to meet with the Hon. Chuck DeVore when he came out from Texas recently, as did my leader, Steven Marshall, the member for Dunstan. I am a right wing member of the parliament—shock, horror. The Hon. Chuck DeVore comes from the Texas public policy group and they are considerably right wing, but their philosophy is about getting good outcomes for people in the correctional facilities so that they come back as good members of society, therefore reducing the costs on the system.
As I said in my matter of interest earlier today, in Texas they house their prisoners for about 25 per cent of what it costs us in South Australia. Having witnessed firsthand the effort that they go to with regard to work programs and meaningful education, I was really impressed when I visited. Minister, I do not expect you to read my matter of interest, but hopefully one of your minions will. I encourage you today to take the opportunity, if you can, to visit that system in Texas because it is truly inspiring.
I have been pleased with the fact that a number of members are keen to serve on this particular committee. I think we can work constructively to make recommendations to improve the system because, as I said before, corrections is something that all South Australians need to be concerned about and we absolutely want better outcomes. I am thankful for the indications of support and I look forward to working with the members on the committee constructively so that we can make good recommendations to improve the system.