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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1036 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 September 2019 by Hon Michael Mischin

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

STANDING COMMITTEE ON PROCEDURE AND PRIVILEGES — FIFTY-FIFTH REPORT —ATTORNEY GENERAL

1036. Hon MICHAEL MISCHIN to the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General:

I refer to the Standing Committee on Procedure and Privileges' inquiry into the potential contempt of Parliament by Department of the Premier and Cabinet Director General Foster and Acting Director General Roper, and the committee's fifty-fifth and fifty-sixth reports.

(1) Has the Attorney General provided to any member of the media a copy of correspondence from the President or the Clerk of the house pertaining to those matters?

(2) If yes to (1), please identify each item of correspondence provided, when and to whom it was provided, and for what purpose it was provided.

(3) Has the Attorney General's chief of staff provided to any member of the media a copy of correspondence from the President or from the Clerk of the house pertaining to those matters?

(4) If yes to (4), please identify each item of correspondence provided, when and to whom it was provided, and for what purpose it was provided.

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer is provided on behalf of the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General.

(1)–(2) The Attorney General has not provided any correspondence to the media that has not been tabled in a report from the Standing Committee on Procedure and Privileges.

(3)–(4) The Attorney General believes that his chief of staff has provided a copy of an invitation to her from the President of the house to some of her former colleagues in the media. The letter was not marked ''confidential''.