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Question Without Notice No. 1080 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 September 2019 by Hon Michael Mischin

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 25 September 2019

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

1080. 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 passing between the President or the Clerk of the house and the State Solicitor's Office pertaining to those matters?

(2) If yes to (1), will the Attorney General identify each item of correspondence provided, and when and to whom it was provided, and the purpose for which it was provided?

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

(4) If yes to (3), will the Attorney General identify each item of correspondence provided, and when and to whom it was provided, and the purpose for which it was provided?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

(1)–(4) As the Attorney General has already informed the house, he has not provided any correspondence to the media that has not been tabled in a report from the Standing Committee on Procedure and Privileges. His chief of staff shared a copy of an invitation to her from the President of the house with some of her former colleagues in the media. The letter was not marked ''confidential''. The Attorney General believes it is important to keep the public informed via the media of matters of significant public interest. He notes that the committee also considered the correspondence included in its reports was of sufficient public importance to be tabled publicly.

Several members interjected.

The PRESIDENT: Order! Hon Tim Clifford has the call.