Legislative Council: Thursday, November 30, 2023


Cross Border Commissioner

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:26): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before addressing a question to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, that she probably won't answer, regarding the Cross Border Commissioner.

Members interjecting:


Leave granted.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: The 2022-23 annual report for the Cross Border Commissioner states as a key initiative that quarterly meetings are to be held between the Cross Border Commissioner and the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development to speak about key issues. My questions to the minister are:

1. How many times has the minister formally met with the Cross Border Commissioner over the last 12 months since her appointment to the role in December 2022?

2. When were those meetings?

3. Can the minister confirm that an executive support officer has indeed been recruited to manage the Cross Border Commissioner office and is active in that role?

The Hon. R.A. Simms: If only we could see her diaries.


The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:27): I thank the honourable member for her question. It is good that she is taking the lead from the Hon. Mr Pangallo, who asked a relevant question earlier in the week. Since those opposite have run out of ideas, they are now trying to steal Frank's, so it's very good.

Certainly, I have met on a number of occasions formally with the Cross Border Commissioner, some via Teams and some in person in Mount Gambier. I can't remember off the top of my head, obviously, the dates. I am happy to bring that back on notice.