Legislative Council: Wednesday, February 08, 2023


Sam Smith Concert

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:52): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, representing the Minister for Tourism, a question about South Australian Tourism Commission policies.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: In regard to the exclusive invite-only Sam Smith concert, I will quote one of the attendees. On their TikTok, they said the following:

we were invited to a Sam Smith concert

At the Sofitel, it was very private

Everyone else had alcoholic beverages, and we were trying to find them, but we couldn't—

Further on, when this person was at the venue, it continues as follows:

there was free alcohol here; so you've gotta believe we got a little messed up, but it was worth it, like, the vibes here were immaculate. I think there was only 300 people here, it was pretty intimate.

Further on, they say:

I tried to vape; found out I don't like vapes.

I still genuinely don't understand how we can get invited to these things, like, I just feel so lucky I don't know, it's just a dream

It's like a dream come true, I don't know, it's just incredible…Like a private concert as well.

My questions for the minister are:

1. Was a business case undertaken by the SATC prior to the exclusive Sam Smith soiree, and what metrics were used?

2. Did all the attendees and invitees comply with SATC policies by the government listed for influencers?

3. Will the government list in full what expenses were covered for the invitees, including whether it included all alcohol, all food, flights into Adelaide and out of Adelaide, hotel accommodation, transfers to and from the airport and any other expenses and, if not, why not?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:54): I am happy to take that question on notice, refer it to the relevant minister in the other place and bring back a reply.