Legislative Council: Tuesday, September 06, 2022


Question Time

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:43): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Attorney-General a question regarding the CFMEU.

Leave granted.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: The Premier, on 8 August of this year, told ABC Radio Adelaide that his backflip to return the $125,000 donation made by the CFMEU was the result of vandalism and that it is the exact behaviour he would not tolerate. He said:

We weren't going to jump the gun unfairly, but I think that what occurred on Friday night is a demonstration of exactly the sort of thing that we don't think is appropriate and that's why I made this decision.

My question to the Attorney-General is: given the behaviour already displayed in South Australia, what concerns does he hold that South Australia's construction and building sites will become akin to those in Victoria, where just last week an all-out brawl broke out at the North East Link building site after allegations that the CFMEU had been forcing workers and building firms to switch to companies aligned with them?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:44): I thank the honourable member for her question. We have had for a very long time in South Australia a relatively harmonious industrial relations environment that has been characterised by goodwill on both sides and low disputations, and I expect that to continue and I look forward to that continuing.