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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1123 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Michael Mischin

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 15 October 2019


1123. Hon MICHAEL MISCHIN to the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General:

I refer to the Attorney General's refusal to provide information in answer to my questions regarding the procedure followed by the State Solicitor's Office, on behalf of the government, to identify and remove from documents provided to it those that may be the subject of parliamentary privilege, and to identify the officers and staff who had access to those documents and made those decisions.

(1) Why has the Attorney General refused to provide, in answer to questions, at least the information that the SSO was able to provide to the Standing Committee on Procedure and Privileges and reflected in paragraphs 6.1 to 6.8 inclusive of the committee's fifty-sixth report?

(2) Why does the Attorney General need to take on notice questions as to whether he received legal advice on whether providing that information is protected by legal professional privilege, and the dates when he sought and received that advice and from whom?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

I refer to the answer provided to Legislative Council question without notice 949 on 4 September 2019. In that answer, the Attorney General requested and still requests that the question be put on notice due to the short time frame and level of detail requested.