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Question Without Notice No. 1510 asked in the Legislative Council on 29 November 2019 by Hon Peter Collier

Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 29 November 2019

WESTPORT TASKFORCE — PEER REVIEW

1510. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Minister for Ports:

Thank you very much, Madam President.

The PRESIDENT: You are so polite!

Hon PETER COLLIER: I have been very cooperative today, unlike the Leader of the House!

The PRESIDENT: You just spoilt it!

Hon PETER COLLIER: Her last response was, quite frankly, immature.

I refer to page 4 of the Westport Taskforce's ''Project Update 16: October 2019''.

(1) What is the total cost to date of peer reviewing the work?

(2) Will the minister provide a breakdown of the payments made to each of the peer reviewers as listed on page 4; and, if not, why not?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1) The peer review panel plays a vital role in ensuring the veracity, robustness and authenticity of Westport's process, technical work and outputs. The peer reviewers engage directly with relevant members of the project to review specific technical outputs as well as meeting as a group on a regular basis. The total cost of the peer-reviewing work to date is $160 770. The peer reviewers were chosen as leading experts in their fields to provide professional advice and vouch for the quality and independence of the project's work.

(2) The breakdown of payments are as follows: John Langoulant, panel chair, $26 950; Ian Le Provost, environmental, $21 930; Dennis Koegeboehn, ports, $17 116; Neil Matthews, supply chain, $15 984; Greg Watkinson, commercial, $5 189; Warren Mundy, economic development, $10 890; Alex Uloth, geospatial information, $13 365; and Marie Mills, communications and engagement, $49 346.