CORRUPTION AND CRIME COMMISSIONER —
340. Hon PETER COLLIER to
the Leader of the House representing the Premier:
I have questions from five
members who are on urgent parliamentary business, two from one member and one
each from the others. The first question is on behalf of Hon Michael
Mischin who is on urgent parliamentary business.
I refer to the Premier's comments regarding the
reappointment of Hon John McKechnie as Corruption and Crime Commissioner.
(1) Does the
Premier maintain that if it were not for Hon Jim Chown, MLC, Mr McKechnie's
appointment would have achieved the support of the majority of the Joint
Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission?
(2) Does the Premier maintain that if it were not for
Hon Jim Chown, MLC, Mr McKechnie's appointment would have achieved
bipartisan support of the Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime
(3) If yes to
(1) or (2), and given the confidentiality of the deliberations of the
committee, what is the source of the information to that effect?
(4) Has the
Premier spoken to any member of the committee concerning Mr McKechnie's
appointment; and, if so, to whom, when and what was discussed?
I thank the honourable member for some
notice of the question.
(1)–(4) The correspondence received by the Premier from
the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime
Commission subsequent to their meeting on 25 March 2020 stated that the
committee was ''unable to achieve bipartisan and majority support for
the reappointment of Hon John McKechnie, QC''. As the honourable member
would be aware, bipartisan support means the support of, first, members of the
standing committee who are members of the party of which the Premier is a member
and, second, members of the standing committee who are members of the party of
which the Leader of the Opposition is a member. Hon Jim Chown, MLC, is the only
member who fulfils the second part of that definition.