Legislative Council: Wednesday, June 28, 2023


Fox Bounty

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (15:11): Supplementary: can the minister confirm that the fox bounty is currently not funded in the 2023-24 budget?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (15:11): When the fox bounty program was initiated, it had a set funding amount and I think the amount for fox bounties was $230,000-odd. That has not yet been fully expended. As of a recent briefing I received, there was still the opportunity for—I think it was from memory—6,000 fox bounties to be claimed. My department recently put out a reminder for those who might want to claim the fox bounty to do so, and I would certainly encourage any landholders who would like to do that to start doing that now. So that funding is continuing until it is fully expended, which of course will include into this coming financial year.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Point of order: with regard to standing order 109, you recently counselled the Hon. Heidi Girolamo on its use. I note that standing order 109 reads:

In putting any Question, no argument, opinion or hypothetical case shall be offered, nor inference or imputation made, nor shall any facts be stated or quotations made including quotations from Hansard of the debates in the other House, except by leave of the Council and so far only as may be necessary to explain such Question.

Could you please seek clarity for the council—and I ask you to bring back advice—on whether or not when we seek leave of the council that that leave incorporates the ability for members of this chamber to use in our questions Hansard quotes from the other chamber.

The PRESIDENT: I will certainly do that, the Hon. Ms Franks. Thanks for bringing that to our attention.