14 November 2018
The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (14:58): My questions are to the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, representing the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development:
1. Can the minister advise whether the independent review into PIRSA's fisheries and aquaculture cost recovery practices has been completed?
2. Can the minister also advise the final cost of this independent review and whether PIRSA intends to review the cost recovery policy as it applies to other areas of the department?
The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (14:59): I thank the honourable member for his ongoing interest in the fishing sector and the marine environment. It was a policy that we took to the election that we would have a review of the cost recovery process within the fishing sector in particular, and I know that has been undertaken. All the details that the member has asked for, I will refer to the Hon. Tim Whetstone in another chamber and bring back a reply.
Answer to Question
The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment): The Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development has advised:
2. I can advise that the cost of the independent review, including expenses incurred by the consultant for meetings held in Port Lincoln with fishery and aquaculture key stakeholders, was $70 801 (GST inclusive). No, The Marshall government's election commitment was to initiate an independent review of PIRSA's cost recovery policy as applied to fisheries and aquaculture. This government has delivered on this election promise.