Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 07, 2023


Custody Notification Service

The Hon. C. BONAROS (15:27): Supplementary question: how much of those discussions have focused on funding disputes with the federal government over the CNS?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:27): I thank the honourable member for her supplementary. Those discussions to date have not focused—I'm pretty sure, but I may have a different recollection when I check notes—at all on the funding. I can't remember exactly when it is, but there was funding that was provided by the federal government for a period of time for the implementation not just in South Australia but in other states that didn't have an operating CNS. A feature of the discussions has not been about the quantum of funding that has been provided. They have focused upon how the regulations are worded and, importantly, how they are being interpreted in operation.