Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (14:32): My question is to the Minister for Regional Roads. Can the minister advise what the updated costings are for the Hahndorf Township Improvements and Access Upgrade project following the announcement that the government is scrapping the heavy vehicle bypass?
The Hon. S.C. MULLIGHAN (Lee—Treasurer) (14:32): The Minister for Energy and Transport and Infrastructure is currently attending a meeting of ministers interstate, which would be a legitimate reason for missing parliament, for example—
The SPEAKER: Order!
The Hon. S.C. MULLIGHAN: —not standing in a Birdcage sipping St Henri—
The SPEAKER: Member for Chaffey! Member for Frome!
Mr BROWN: —so I will take this question on behalf of the minister. As the minister has previously reported to the parliament, there has been a change of scope.
The Hon. J.A.W. Gardner: If only there was a Minister for Regional Roads who could take the question.
The Hon. S.C. MULLIGHAN: Well, I'm pleased to hear the member for Morialta firmly declare that Hahndorf is a regional area of South Australia, when we have previously been mocked for saying that Mount Barker is part of regional South Australia—so Mount Barker is not regional, that's urban, but Hahndorf is. I have driven the freeway a few times. I'm trying to remember the order of those towns as you depart from Adelaide.
Perhaps the member for Morialta's geography is at variance with the other 46 of us, but there we go. At least he is getting a chance to participate in question time for a change, which is welcome news, no doubt, to the backbenchers kept out of front bench positions by the member for Morialta.
The SPEAKER: Order! Member for Flinders! Member for Chaffey!
The Hon. S.C. MULLIGHAN: I'm more than happy to provide the member for Hammond, who of course has a keen interest in road affairs—we just had him asking about Riverland regions, and thank goodness someone is standing up for the Riverland during times of impending flood crisis, so thank you, member for Hammond—with the specific details that he has asked for because I know that he asked in a genuine manner.
Mr Whetstone: You were never any good at roads, Stephen.
The SPEAKER: Member for Chaffey, you are on three warnings.
The SPEAKER: Order!
The Hon. S.C. Mullighan interjecting:
The SPEAKER: The Treasurer is called to order.
The Hon. L.W.K. Bignell interjecting:
The SPEAKER: The member for Mawson is called to order.
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