Legislative Council: Wednesday, March 22, 2023


First Nations Voice, Parliamentary Sitting

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:22): Further supplementary: notwithstanding that the Leader was putting words in my mouth and chooses to misrepresent my position.

The PRESIDENT: Ask your supplementary question.

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Order! The Hon. Ms Lensink has a supplementary question. What is your supplementary question?

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: When did the Leader of the Government know, first know, firstly, when this event was to take place, and, secondly, when did he decide was the earliest opportunity he could inform other members, so that we could prepare adequately?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:23): I honestly couldn't recall when this was first suggested, but I know it is some weeks, I think, since the Premier spoke to the opposition leader about the possibility to seek the opposition leader's views, and I think very graciously and generously the opposition leader in another place, the Hon. David Speirs, concurred—I think it was on radio maybe two weeks ago one morning—that the Liberal opposition would not object to this.