Legislative Council: Thursday, May 05, 2022


Marine Scalefish Fishery

The Hon. C. BONAROS (14:34): Yes, I do. Did you consult with anybody in the fishing industry prior to making the decision that you outlined in here yesterday? Did you consult with anybody?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:35): The decision that has been made has been made by SACAT.

The Hon. C. Bonaros interjecting:


The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN: I ask again: is the implication from the chamber, both from the Leader of the Opposition and the Hon. Connie Bonaros, that we should have upheld and continued to have a policy that had no legal foundation, that resulted in unjust and unfair outcomes? Is this what is being suggested: that we had in fact enshrined the disadvantage that those fishers who had exceptional circumstances had had to endure? They are the words—paraphrased only slightly—of SACAT, that the policy of the former government sought to enshrine the disadvantage experienced by those fishers.

Members interjecting:


The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN: If those two members think in this chamber that we should be supporting something that enshrines disadvantage, then I just simply have to say that is not the view on this side of the chamber.