Legislative Council: Tuesday, June 27, 2023


Commercial Fisheries Review

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:33): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before addressing a question to the Minster for Primary Industries and Regional Development regarding cost recovery.

Leave granted.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: Policy and compliance functions within government agencies are often separated to ensure a clear distinction between the development of regulations and policies and their enforcement. Separation allows for an objective and impartial approach to compliance monitoring and enforcement, minimising conflicts of interest and potential biases that may arise if the same entity is responsible for both policy creation and enforcement. This separation helps maintain transparency, accountability and the integrity of regulatory processes within government agencies. My questions to the minister are:

1. Will the minister be seeking PIRSA's and SARDI's advice on the recommendations contained within the South Australian commercial fisheries cost-recovery review report?

2. Does the minister agree that PIRSA and SARDI, who are responsible for compliance and enforcement, are conflicted in their positions?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:34): I will be getting advice from my department, as I have already outlined, and I am very confident in receiving advice from a variety of sources and being able to make a decision.