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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 770 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 September 2018 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 12 September 2018


770. Hon PETER COLLIER to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to the resignation letters of the North Metropolitan Health Service board members tabled in the Legislative Council yesterday and claims in those letters that the incoming chair of the board, Jim McGinty, wanted an entirely new board. One letter states —

I refer to email correspondence received from, and a subsequent telephone conversation with, your Chief of Staff on 12 June 2018. It is my understanding the in-coming Chair of the North Metropolitan Health Service (''NMHS'') Board wishes to have an entirely new board appointed from 1 July.

(1) Did the minister have conversations with Mr McGinty prior to his appointment regarding the make-up of the new board or did Mr McGinty provide the minister with a list of potential board members?

(2) Did Mr McGinty make it clear to the minister that he wanted an entirely new board?

(3) Was the minister aware that his chief of staff had advised the existing board members that Mr McGinty wished to have an entirely new board?

(4) Did the minister instruct his chief of staff to advise board members on or around 12 June 2018 that they would no longer be required on the NMHS board?

(5) If yes to (4), why was that message conveyed to board members and on what basis was an entirely new board required?

(6) If no to (4), on what basis did the minister's chief of staff convey to board members that an entirely new board would be appointed?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I am advised of the following.

(1) No.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) The chief of staff did not advise the existing board that an entirely new board was being sought. The chief of staff discussed preferences for the composition of a new board.

(4)–(6) Not applicable.