Legislative Council: Wednesday, November 15, 2023


Optus Blackout

The Hon. L.A. HENDERSON (14:53): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Attorney-General a question in relation to his role as Leader of the Government in this place.

Leave granted.

The Hon. L.A. HENDERSON: In relation to the Optus blackout on Wednesday 8 November, the Premier said, 'We have a contract with Optus, as do other governments around the country. That is something that we will turn our mind to.' My questions to the Attorney-General are:

1. What services was the government unable to deliver to South Australians at the time of the Optus blackout?

2. What is the status of Optus's contractual obligations to the state government?

3. Has the state government contacted Optus?

4. Has Optus provided compensation or any other means of redress to the state government?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:54): I thank the honourable member for her questions. Her questions traverse every single government department, I think, in what is being asked. I will have to take those on notice and bring back a reply for the honourable member.