Legislative Council: Wednesday, October 18, 2023


Aboriginal Remains, Riverlea Park

The Hon. J.S. LEE (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (14:51): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking a question of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs about Aboriginal affairs.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.S. LEE: While appearing on ABC's Q+A show on Monday 9 October 2023, actor Natasha Wanganeen raised her concerns about the SA Labor government over the burial grounds at Riverlea housing development. Ms Wanganeen also claimed that she had tried and failed to speak with the state Aboriginal affairs minister and Attorney-General, Kyam Maher, about the development. My questions to the Attorney-General are:

1. Can the Attorney-General confirm whether he has received a meeting request from Natasha Wanganeen?

2. Has the minister responded to her request so far?

3. Is the minister planning to meet with Natasha to hear her concerns?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:52): I thank the honourable member for her questions. I had my office have a look for any such request and we haven't been able to find any.