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Question Without Notice No. 340 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 April 2020 by Hon Peter Collier

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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CORRUPTION AND CRIME COMMISSIONER — REAPPOINTMENT

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 Commission?

(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?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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.