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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 350 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 April 2019 by Hon Peter Collier

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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350. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the minister's comments on ABC radio yesterday in relation to Energy Made Clean, when the minister stated, in part, that she had ''absolutely acknowledged in the Parliament'' that she had worked for EMC, and that she had made it clear that it was part remuneration. In response to a question as to whether the minister revealed to the Parliament that she was also paid cash by EMC, the minister's response was —

Absolutely. In � a time line in the Parliament by Sue Ellery � I made it clear �

Will the minister give an undertaking to provide to the Legislative Council tomorrow the exact dates that she and Hon Sue Ellery made these statements; and, if not, why not?


I thank the member for the question.

I will start by saying that I made it clear in the Parliament, the first time this issue was raised in a question by Hon Jim Chown, that I had worked for Energy Made Clean. I probably did not say, ''And, yes, I got paid by EMC'', because I thought it was a fairly natural consequence of working for someone that one would get paid. Of course I got paid, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I then went on to talk about the shareholdings because at that time that was the only thing that was relevant, because this period of employment had occurred some five years before. I went on to say that the shares had been a consequence of that employment, and that those shares had been received as remuneration from a role.

Hon Michael Mischin: ''Instead of remuneration'' were your words.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN: I did not say —

Hon Michael Mischin interjected.

The PRESIDENT: Order, member!

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN: I refer the member to Hansard of 2 November 2017, when Hon Sue Ellery, in setting out the circumstances, said that on 11 November 2011, so many shares were issued ''as part payment for her role on the board''. That is the truth of the story. It was part payment. This was a company that I did work for. It had no connection with Carnegie at that stage. I acquired some shares in a company that was not EMC proper but a derivative company.

Hon Martin Aldridge: This isn't story time! It was a pretty simple question.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN: I am going to explain, because the most extraordinary allegations have been made. I am going to take this opportunity to declare it. I did work for that company. I worked for that company for approximately seven or eight months. I finished up once I became the Mayor of Vincent and stayed on for another 18 months as a director. I acquired the shares during that time, from November through to the end of May. I have been very clear that I worked for the company, I had involvement, I had involvement also as a director, and I had a shareholding in a related entity, not the main entity, and that shareholding was disposed of.