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Question Without Notice No. 668 asked in the Legislative Council on 23 June 2020 by Hon Tim Clifford

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

CORONAVIRUS — INTERSTATE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS — EXEMPTIONS

668. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I understand that the chair of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and director and shareholder of WA-based Strike Energy, Nev Power, has been granted travel exemptions through Western Australia's border.

(1) What is the nature of the exemption?

(2) When was it granted, and —

(a) since the exemption was granted, how many times has the Premier, or a representative of the Premier, had communications with Mr Power; and

(b) since the exemption was granted, how many times has the Minister for Energy, or a representative of the Minister for Energy, had communications with Mr Power?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

(1) The Minister for Police advises that Mr Neville Power was initially granted exempt traveller approval when required to travel interstate for a purpose relating to the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission, pursuant to paragraph 27(r) of the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions. Mr Neville Power subsequently submitted a written application as a person who can enter WA, with the reason for entering being that he was recently appointed the chair of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission by the Prime Minister. Approval was granted without restriction as a judicial officer or staff member of a court, tribunal or commission, in accordance with the exemption provision at paragraph 27(n) of the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions. All decisions with respect to travel and/or quarantine exemptions for individuals are made by the Western Australia Police Force.

(2) The initial approval was made on 5 April 2020 and the second approval was granted on 23 April 2020, and —

(a) the Premier met with the chair of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission on 18 June 2020; and

(b) this question should be directed to the Minister for Energy.