Legislative Council: Wednesday, June 28, 2023


Mount Barker

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:35): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before addressing a question to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development on regions, although I doubt she will answer it.

The PRESIDENT: You can leave the opinion out.

Leave granted.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: The South Australian government fact sheet from migration.sa.gov.au defines South Australia's regions in relation to postcode. On this fact sheet it defines Mount Barker as Greater Adelaide and specifically stipulates that it is not regional South Australia—that is a South Australian government fact sheet. My questions to the minister are:

1. Does the minister agree with the South Australian government's website migration.sa.gov.au that specifies that Mount Barker is indeed not a regional area?

2. If so, will the minister concede that 25 per cent of the new investment in regional South Australia is in fact not regional?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:36): As I outlined in the answer to the previous question, migration is, as I understand it, based on definitions of regions according to federal jurisdiction. That would, I would imagine, explain the definition that the honourable member is referring to.