Legislative Council: Thursday, November 17, 2022


Council Elections

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:53): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking a question of the Acting Minister for Local Government regarding local government elections.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: Last week, media reports into voter fraud in the Adelaide City Council election named a Mr Jing Li, who should be distinguished from our deputy leader. Mr Li was a former member of the Labor Party, until June this year, and has been accused in the alleged voter harvesting scam in the Central Ward. My question to the minister is: can she confirm that Mr Li did not receive any assistance from the Labor Party, either financial or otherwise, such as access to electoral roll data kept by the Labor Party?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:54): I thank the honourable member for her question. I am aware of reports in the media. I am not sure if all of those details are in the media that I have seen; I think they are not. However, it's worthwhile mentioning that, following the council elections, which of course have not quite concluded—a number are still being counted today—the Electoral Commission will be conducting a review of the election, as they always do. As I understand it, there is also an investigation into allegations of voter fraud. Those investigations will obviously come to their conclusion and then any suitable actions can be taken from there.