My question is to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation regarding Site Contamination in Clovelly Park and Mitchell Park
The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK ( 14:24 ): If the Clovelly Park contamination issue is as trivial as the minister implied by his performance yesterday in parliament, why then did he and teams of officials descend on the suburb to doorknock the area just 3½ hours after it was first raised, including commencing the evacuation process?
The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation) ( 14:25 ): It is unfortunate indeed that the members of the Liberal Party in this place did not think through the implications of the matters they were raising on the residents concerned. My concern throughout this process—and as I have advised we were planning to doorknock today—was to tell the residents first, tell the people directly impacted by this information first.
Unfortunately, the Liberal Party had a different view. It did not think through the implications for those people; it did not think through the implication for people who may see it on the TV news in a very truncated and abbreviated form, and so I thought it was important to bring forward by about 20 hours the doorknocking that we were going to undertake today in any case and I instructed my agencies to gather at 6 o'clock and begin doorknocking last evening.
The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK ( 14:25 ): I have a supplementary question. Can the minister cite any single resident in any of the transcripts in the last 24 hours who has not expressed concern that they would prefer to have been notified earlier rather than that the government implement its rather superficial strategy?
The Hon. I.K. HUNTER (Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation) ( 14:26 ): The honourable member again does not have any thought for the residents' concerns; none at all. Contrary to the Liberal Party in this place, my view and my concern at all times was for the residents. I think they should have been the first ones to hear this information firsthand from the government agencies involved, but unfortunately the Liberal Party had a different view.