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Question Without Notice No. 1018 asked in the Legislative Council on 30 October 2018 by Hon Nick Goiran

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 30 October 2018

CHILD PROTECTION — CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE — ROEBOURNE

1018. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I refer to the answer to my question without notice 978 on 17 October 2018 in which the minister informed the house that the minister was not in a position to advise what figures the previous Commissioner of Police provided to the media on or before 1 August 2017 about the number of victims identified during Operation Fledermaus.

(1) Is the minister or any of her staff aware of the article on PerthNow by Gabrielle Knowles of 1 August 2017 in which the then police commissioner is quoted as saying, ''a staggering 184 child victims of sexual abuse have been identified''?

(2) Has the minister on multiple occasions told the house that there were 50 victims?

(3) Given that both the minister and the then police commissioner would have received such information from the Western Australia Police Force, how can this massive variation be explained?

(4) Further to (3), if the minister does not know, will they direct that an investigation be undertaken to uncover the truth behind this massive discrepancy in information?

(5) If no to (4), is this because the minister considers this a matter of misconduct and has already referred the matter to the Corruption and Crime Commission?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of this question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.

(1)–(2) Yes.

(3) I have provided information to the Parliament based on information provided by the Western Australia Police Force. There are a number of variables which may explain the difference, including how specifically the location is defined, how ''victim'' is defined and whether the number of individual victims or offences are counted.

(4)–(5) Not applicable.