Legislative Council: Thursday, October 20, 2022


Kangaroo Island, Feral Pigs

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:40): Supplementary: given the minister's comments involving the damage that feral pigs do to—

The PRESIDENT: Just ask the question. Don't give an explanation.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: What is the Malinauskas government doing to help control feral pigs on the mainland?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:40): Certainly, feral pests of all sorts, including pigs and also deer, for example, are an ongoing problem. They have different levels of intrusion into different parts of the state. I think it's fairly well accepted that it's impossible to eradicate feral pigs on the mainland. Of course, it was even considered impossible on Kangaroo Island prior to the fires, when those fires wiped out 90 per cent of the feral pig population. So there are ongoing attempts and programs to address the many different feral pests that we have on the mainland, and there are a number of programs, some of which I have spoken about before in this place.