PILBARA PORTS AUTHORITY —
1078. Hon TJORN SIBMA to the Minister for Ports:
I note that the minister requested
legal advice from the State Solicitor's Office concerning the Pilbara
Ports Authority's contract with Odyssey Marine because of concerns
expressed by the Maritime Union of Australia.
(1) When did the
minister receive advice from the SSO?
(2) With whom was
that advice or the substance of that advice shared?
(3) How was that
advice or the substance of that advice shared, and by whom?
(4) Will the
minister table that advice?
Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN
I thank the member for the question.
(1) Final advice
was received on 7 May 2019.
advice was not shared beyond my ministerial office. I advised Maritime Union of
Australia officials at a subsequent meeting
that I had sought legal advice on the matter, which concluded that the Pilbara
Ports Authority had not acted unlawfully and that I considered the
(4) As I am sure
the member would appreciate, SSO advice is confidential. If the member is
concerned that this information may have been provided to third parties, it
seems most odd that he would want it tabled for all the world to see.