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Question Without Notice No. 501 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 May 2020 by Hon Peter Collier

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 21 May 2020

CORRUPTION AND CRIME COMMISSIONER — REAPPOINTMENT

501. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General:

I ask this question on behalf of Hon Michael Mischin, who is away on urgent parliamentary business.

I refer to the Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission and its process for the appointment of a Corruption and Crime Commissioner.

(1) Has the Attorney General or anyone in his office communicated directly or indirectly with committee member Mr Matthew Hughes, MLA, regarding the reappointment of Hon John McKechnie?

(2) If yes to (1), on what occasions, by what means, and what was the substance of the communication?

(3) Has the Attorney General or anyone in his office directly or indirectly advised Mr Hughes that he would have the support of the Attorney General or the government if he were publicly critical of the joint standing committee or any member on it?

(4) If yes to (3), who, on what occasions, by what means, and what was the substance of the advice?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) The Attorney General discussed with Mr Matthew Hughes the motion that was moved by Mr Zak Kirkup, MLA, in the Legislative Assembly and debated on 13 May 2020. The Attorney General advised Mr Hughes not to divulge any deliberations of the Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission.

(3)–(4) The Attorney General stated in the Legislative Assembly on 13 May 2020 —

The government commends the member for Kalamunda for having the courage and the integrity to criticise a process that he regarded as flawed �