Michelle Lensink

Weatherill Government's Ministerial Code

I seek leave to make a brief explanation before directing a question to the Leader of the Government regarding the Weatherill government's Ministerial Code of Conduct.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:33): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before directing
a question to the Leader of the Government regarding the Weatherill government's Ministerial Code
of Conduct.
Leave granted.
The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK:
Over a year ago your colleague the Minister for Sustainability,
Environment and Conservation stormed out of a meeting with BusinessSA. Complaints were
subsequently made about his behaviour. In August this year the Law Society made a complaint about
the minister's inappropriate behaviour. Then on 17 November this year the minister went on a foulmouthed tirade towards state and federal ministers, including profanities at his female Victorian Labor
counterpart. Has the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation breached the
Ministerial Code of Conduct?
The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Employment, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and
Reconciliation, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive
Transformation, Minister for Science and Information Economy) (14:34):
I thank the honourable
member for her question. As has been widely reported, the minister did use robust language, for
which he has apologised. For the acting leader of the Liberal party, in this chamber, to come here
and raise an issue—
Members interjecting:
The PRESIDENT:
Order!
The Hon. K.J. MAHER:
—about what the federal government—
Members interjecting:
The PRESIDENT:
Order! Minister, sit down.
Members interjecting:
The PRESIDENT:
Order! The minister has been asked a question and he has every right
to give an answer without interjection.

Members interjecting:
The PRESIDENT:
Order!
The Hon. S.G. Wade interjecting:
The PRESIDENT:
Order! Will the Hon. Mr Wade please refrain from interjecting while the
minister is trying to answer the question. Minister.
The Hon. K.J. MAHER:
Thank you, Mr President—
Members interjecting:
The PRESIDENT:
Order!
The Hon. K.J. MAHER:
It really is extraordinary that the acting leader of the Liberal Party
in this chamber, the shadow minister for water, would seek to highlight an issue for which they have
a shameful, shameful record. Everyone will remember that the deputy leader in another place at the
time wanted us to settle for second best way back then. He said we should 'not go for a great result,
just accept a Mazda'. 'Ordinary enough will be good enough for South Australia' was their view, and
continues to be their view when it looks like we are being dudded again—dudded again. What have
they actually said about the issue? Not a thing. They've made a habit of not standing up for South
Australia—
Members interjecting:
The PRESIDENT:
Order!
The Hon. K.J. MAHER:
—not standing up at all.
The Hon. R.I. Lucas:
You're excusing his behaviour?
The PRESIDENT:
Are you finished, minister?
The Hon. K.J. MAHER:
Sure.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:36): Supplementary: did he or did he not breach the
Ministerial Code of Conduct?
The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Employment, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and
Reconciliation, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive
Transformation, Minister for Science and Information Economy) (14:36):
I'll repeat what I said:
the minister used inappropriate language, for which he has apologised.


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