Legislative Council: Thursday, March 09, 2023


APY Executive Board

The Hon. L.A. HENDERSON (15:09): My questions are to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs about the APY Executive Board. My questions are:

1. What is the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs' relationship with Mr Richard King?

2. Does the minister endorse Mr King's leadership?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:09): I thank the honourable member for her question. I think, if my memory serves me correctly, since being Minister for Aboriginal Affairs I have had one maybe two meetings with Mr King as the general manager of APY. The matter of who is general manager of APY is not up to me, it is up to the APY Executive Board. As I have told anyone who I have talked to, anyone who cares to listen, under the act the minister approves the terms and conditions of the general manager but it is up to Anangu Tjuta about who they select through their representatives as the duly elected APY Executive Board as to who is their general manager.