Legislative Council: Wednesday, September 13, 2023


Public Safety Management

The Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:38): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking a question of the Attorney-General about public safety.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.S. LEE: In response to the escalating antisocial behaviour around the Adelaide CBD, a declared public precinct determination was put in place to maintain public safety and order in the area. On Wednesday 16 August, ABC News reported that business owners, workers and city dwellers were concerned about the antisocial behaviour in the Adelaide CBD areas, and with the declared public precinct expiring on Monday 9 October 2023, my questions to the Attorney-General are:

1. Has the Attorney-General received a recent briefing on the public safety in the Adelaide CBD?

2, Will the Labor government consider expanding the determination of the declared public precinct and, if not, what measures would the Labor government put in place to ensure that public safety and order is maintained in the Adelaide CBD?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:39): I thank the honourable member for her question. I assume when the honourable member asks would we consider 'expanding' she means extending the declared public precinct, or does she mean actually expanding the area?

The Hon. J.S. Lee: Both, yes. Expanding and extending.

The Hon. K.J. MAHER: I will check. I don't recall having received information yet in relation to an extension or otherwise, but certainly that would be given due consideration as the original request was given due consideration, and it would depend on the information that was put forward.