Legislative Council: Thursday, March 23, 2023


Fruit Fly

The Hon. F. PANGALLO (14:26): Will at least the minister send Mr Malloy a tongue-in-cheek message like, 'Kicking a Vic like Mick is fair game in the state. We don't want those Victorian maggots coming here'?

The Hon. R.P. Wortley: I don't know how you can do that lightheartedly.

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:27): I note the Hon. Mr Wortley saying that he's not sure how you could do that lightheartedly. We want to encourage Victorians to come to South Australia; we want to encourage Mick Molloy to come to South Australia. We look forward to having The Front Bar here in South Australia.

We also look forward to people being even more aware of the restrictions on bringing fruit into South Australia. Mr Molloy's joke may well have elevated the acknowledgment and the widespread understanding of our fruit fly restrictions here in South Australia. Our fruit fly free status has been well fought for; we continue to undertake all sorts of different measures in terms of eradication.

As I mentioned earlier in the week in response to a question on this matter, we will be increasing the number of staff who will be checking for people crossing the border to ensure that they do not bring fruit across the border. I reiterate, we look forward to seeing you, Mick.