Legislative Council: Thursday, October 19, 2023


First Nations Voice to Parliament

The Hon. R.A. SIMMS (15:09): Supplementary: is the minister aware of the comments of Senator Liddle, the SA Liberal senator, with respect to the distinction between the South Australian Voice and the referendum? In particular, I draw the minister's attention to the comments she made to the Adelaide Advertiser where she said

The difference between the proposed, now-defeated Voice proposition and the SA Voice is that the SA Voice is legislated, not enshrined within the constitution.

Is the minister aware of those remarks?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:10): I thank the honourable member for his question. I am aware of the remarks. I don't have them in front of me, but, from memory, Senator Liddle also agreed with our Premier, the Hon. Peter Malinauskas, on the distinction between the State and the Federal Voice.