Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 20, 2024


Varroa Mite

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:40): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking a question of the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development on varroa mite.

Leave granted.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: In an answer to multiple questions asked in this chamber on 31 October last year, more than four months ago, in which I asked the minister what she and her government were doing to prepare apiarists here in South Australia, given the national change from eradication to management strategy for varroa mite, which occurred back on 24 June, some eight months ago, the minister said, and I quote:

Here in South Australia, in consultation with industry, we have established a consultative committee to look at the best ways forward in terms of management, and once there is more to say from that committee, I will be happy to update the chamber.

Eight months ago. My questions to the minister are:

1. Who is on the consultative committee?

2. How many times has the consultative committee met over the last four months?

3. Given we are now eight months post the change in strategy, what information, communication and documentation has been released to prepare apiarists for the change in management strategy regarding varroa mite here in South Australia?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:41): I thank the honourable member for her question. Some of those are very detailed in terms of times of meetings and dates of meetings and so on, so I am happy to take that on notice and bring back a response.