Morialta Conservation Park

31 Jul 2007 questionsarchive

A supplementary question put forward to the Hon. G.E. GAGO regarding Morialta Conservation Park.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I have a supplementary question. Given that the issue was raised some five weeks ago and the minister indicated absolutely no interest in this piece of land, what suddenly changed her mind?

The Hon. G.E. GAGO: Again, a lazy opposition: it gets its facts wrong yet again. The opposition spokesperson indicated that I showed no interest, and she is wrong again.

I want to make sure that Hansard gets that on the record.

The Hon. J.M.A. Lensink interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Order! The Hon. Ms Lensink will come to order.

The Hon. G.E. GAGO: Again, she is quite wrong. I have the Hansard of 20 June in my hot little hand, and it says:

However, I understand that DEH officers are currently investigating a range of possibilities in relation to access to that land.

One of those options was looking at issues of partial sale, and lease arrangements was another. Right from the first time I responded to this question, I have indicated that we were considering options. What I clearly indicated was that the going price of $1.9 million was prohibitive.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I have a further supplementary question. Does the minister also have her own quote from 21 June, in which she said:

I made it quite clear yesterday that at this point in time—

The PRESIDENT: Order! You ask a question, not make a statement.

The Hon. G.E. GAGO: I have put on record by reading from Hansard part of my original answer. If the opposition cared to read all of my answer, it was quite comprehensive and dealt with a range of issues. I know that it is difficult for the opposition to hold together a range of comprehensive issues in one answer, but it was quite clear that I put on record that the DEH officers were currently investigating a range of options for access to that land. I am also pleased to place on the record the incredible lobbying and advocacy of the local member, Lindsay Simmons, who is a remarkable advocate for this issue, as is the federal ALP candidate, Mia Handshin.