Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 31, 2022


Giant Australian Cuttlefish

The Hon. F. PANGALLO (14:51): I note that the Premier today at a hydrogen conference has announced that they are seeking expressions of interest—

An honourable member interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: This is a supplementary; you've just got to ask your question, Frank.

The Hon. F. PANGALLO: —about the mystical hydrogen plant. Labor's preferred option is Point Lowly, where we know the cuttlefish gather. Can the minister provide assurances that should this mystical plant proceed there will be an EIS conducted to ensure that cuttlefish and their breeding ground will not be endangered either by the hydrogen plant or the proposed desalination plant that is also slated for that area?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:52): I thank the honourable member for his supplementary question, and I am very confident that all the environmental protections will be in place, the assessments and appropriate conditions will be in place, before any projects, including those that the honourable member refers to, will proceed.