Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 30, 2023


Southern Zone Rock Lobster Fishery

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (15:20): Supplementary question: given the fact that there is no change in the export situation with China, why was the decision made not to continue with fee relief for this financial year?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (15:20): As I mentioned, the fee relief was only ever spoken about as a one-year fee relief. I think it's fair to say that the industry has done what it can in terms of diversifying its markets, as well as—as I understand it anecdotally—some increase to domestic supply. I think that's clearly the reasoning; it was only ever intended to be a one-year fee relief.