Legislative Council: Tuesday, August 29, 2023


Country Cabinet

The Hon. R.A. SIMMS (15:10): Supplementary: was the issue of rail to the Hills raised at the country cabinet, and did the minister have an opportunity to read the parliamentary inquiry into transport, in particular the sections relating to the regions, during the midwinter break?

The PRESIDENT: The Hon. Mr Simms, I did listen intently, anticipating a question about rail. There was no such mention of rail. Now, having said that, minister, if you would like to answer the question you can.

The Hon. R.A. Simms: It was about country cabinet.


The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (15:11): The issue was raised. If I recall correctly, it was at the public forum, and perhaps I would encourage the honourable member to get out a little bit more regionally, even to the Adelaide Hills, and join us at country cabinet to listen to some of the answers. You would be very, very welcome.

I am always pleased to see the Hon. Robert Simms wherever I may be travelling, even though it hasn't been here in South Australia and the regions that I have seen him, I don't think, but I have seen him elsewhere, which of course is always a great pleasure. Since he constantly comes back to the report, I read the report quite some time ago. It was particularly interesting around e-scooters, which seemed to be the main thrust of the report, and the ongoing discussions around rail continue.

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: The Hon. Mr Simms, it's a bit early in the session for me to throw you out.