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Question Without Notice No. 785 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 September 2018 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 12 September 2018

SOUTHERN PORTS AUTHORITY — WORKSAFE INVESTIGATION

785. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations:

I refer to the WorkSafe review into allegations of workplace bullying and harassment in the Southern Ports Authority, the minister's answer to question without notice 704, asked on 28 August 2018, and to the Albany Advertiser report on this issue published on 6 September 2018.

(1) Noting that the minister told the house, in answer to question 704, that —

The investigation is still in progress. WorkSafe investigates the systems in place at workplaces to determine compliance with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1984, as opposed to attempting to substantiate individual issues.

And that the WorkSafe representative told the Albany Advertiser that —

the complaints have been substantiated.

Which version is correct?

(2) If the WorkSafe representative is correct, how many of the formal claims were formally found to be substantiated by WorkSafe?

(3) How were the claims substantiated?

(4) What reporting process will the government or WorkSafe use to show that procedural fairness has been applied to all staff of the Southern Ports Authority, including senior management?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

I understood that our offices had been in conversation, and that the member was going to be asking this question tomorrow.

Hon Dr Steve Thomas: I'm sorry, I thought it was today.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN: No.

Hon Dr Steve Thomas: My apologies. If you take it on notice, you can give us an answer tomorrow.