Legislative Council: Wednesday, October 18, 2023


Marine Scalefish Fishery

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:57): Supplementary: the minister spoke about the report. Under what circumstances will the minister not release the report on the independent cost-recovery review into the seafood sector?

Members interjecting:


The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:58): I think this was put forward as an attempted supplementary earlier. Whilst I don't want to assume the reasons why the President didn't allow the question, my understanding was that hypothetical questions are out of order. This similarly is a hypothetical question, I would have thought: 'Under what circumstances?' Until a decision is made, it would be inappropriate to say, 'Well, perhaps if this happens or that happens then I may or may not release the report.' Once I have the information and I am able to make a considered view, then I will be able to decide on the next steps.