Legislative Council: Thursday, March 21, 2024


Motor Sport Act Compliance

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (14:42): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before addressing a question to the Attorney-General, representing the Premier, on the topic of compliance with the Motor Sport Act.

Leave granted.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Under section 27D of the Motor Sport Act:

(1) The Board must, in relation to each motor sport event promoted by the Board, or in relation to which the Board performs functions under this Act, prepare and provide to the Minister a report setting out—

(a) the total attendance at the motor sport event; and

(b) any other information required by the regulations.

(2) The report must be completed and provided to the Minister within 3 months after the completion of the motor sport event.

(3) The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before both Houses of Parliament within 6 sitting days after receiving the report.

The Adelaide 500 was held in Victoria Park from 23 to 26 November 2023. A report on that event must be tabled in parliament under section 27D of the South Australian Motor Sport Act 1984 within three months of the event. I believe the closest working day to that first requirement under these provisions, that the report had to be provided to the Premier, was 26 February 2024.

The act also allows the Premier to then consider and table the report within six sitting days. That condition needed to be met by today, Thursday 21 March 2024, the last day the information could be tabled to meet the legislative requirements. My question, therefore, to the Premier is: why has he or the Motorsport Board not complied with the requirements of the act in their reporting obligations to this parliament?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:44): I thank the honourable member for her question and her interest in accountability. I will be happy to provide that question to the minister in another place and bring back a reply.