Legislative Council: Wednesday, March 22, 2023


First Nations Voice, Parliamentary Sitting

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:21): Supplementary question: does the minister believe that it is disrespectful to some community organisations that have had long staged events planned for this weekend as significant events to not give members a particularly large amount of notice that sittings have changed?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:22): I will repeat what I said in relation to a response to a question yesterday. I think this is a very significant and historic day for South Australia, and for the nation: the passing of very significant legislation that is the first of its kind that we will see in this country, and I think it is absolutely worthy of acknowledgement and celebration.

The proclamation of the new King saw a similar event occur here in South Australia, and that was at rather short notice. I understand the members probably had similar concerns about the disrespect shown for community events when that was celebrated, and I will be sure that we pass along to community organisations that the honourable member obviously thought that as well.