Legislative Council: Thursday, July 06, 2023


Water Buybacks

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:36): Supplementary: which growers or producers has she consulted with?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:36): As I have said in this place on many occasions, I have frequent and ongoing consultations and meetings with a wide variety of stakeholders and a wide variety of landholders, irrigators and so on. I have many discussions. I am not going to provide a list of every conversation that I have, but certainly this topic has arisen.

Most of those also know that the Minister for Climate, Environment and Water, the honourable member for Port Adelaide in the other place, takes a leading role in this as well. She and I have discussions around it, and so this is something that is ongoing. If those opposite are not committed to South Australia getting the water that we need—and clearly, from their behaviour, they are not—perhaps they should just say so more clearly and stop fluffing about.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: Point of order: the minister is verbalising.

The PRESIDENT: You know it is not a point of order.

Members interjecting: