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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 993 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 December 2017 by Hon Michael Mischin

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

      993. Hon MICHAEL MISCHIN to the minister representing the Minister for Police:
I refer to a memo from Western Australia Police Force, dated 29 November 2017, which was read and tabled by the minister in the Legislative Assembly on 30 November and which concluded —
      At this point in time the WA Police Force do not intend to undertake further investigation into this matter unless evidence of criminality is established.
I further refer to a story on page 22 of The Sunday Times, which stated —
      WA Police is still probing the police employment file of disgraced MP and former cop Barry Urban in a bid to verify some of his claims and documents,
It attributed to the Commissioner of Police the comments that Mr Urban's personnel record was ''incomplete'', that police were ''waiting on further documentation'' and that ''We don't have the full particulars''.
(1) Has the Commissioner of Police been accurately quoted in these remarks?
(2) If yes to (1), when did the Commissioner of Police make the comments, and to whom?
(3) If no to (1) how precisely are the quotes wrong?
      (4) Is WA Police currently inquiring into any aspects of the employment history of the member for Darling Range and, in particular, any claims pertaining to the qualifications and/or work experience that he used as the basis of his employment applications to his party and the voters of his electorate?
(5) If yes to (4), what specific matters are WA Police inquiring into?
(6) If yes to (4), will WA Police announce the outcome of its inquiries?
(7) If yes to (6), when does it expect to do so?
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided by the Minister for Police.
The Western Australia Police Force provided the following answer.
(1) Yes.
      (2) The commissioner was asked about this matter at a media conference on 2 December 2017, which was attended by representatives from Seven West Media, Channel 9 and the ABC.
(3) Not applicable.
      (4)–(7) The WA Police Force has conducted an assessment of the personnel record of Mr Urban that documents his time with the agency. That is the current status of the WA Police Force process unless and until there is further information from overseas education institutions. The assessment at this time has not identified anything overt that would require police to commence a criminal investigation. The WA Police Force is simply seeking verification of some of the documentation and claims contained in the personnel file. The police work being undertaken is an assessment of Mr Urban's file. That assessment is not complete at this time and the WA Police Force will not conjecture when that might be the case. No further information will be made publicly available at this time.