CITY OF MELVILLE — INQUIRY
454. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the
Leader of the House representing the Minister for Local Government:
(1) Does the
minister's quite extraordinarily named Department of Local Government,
Sport and Cultural Industries have a work group that undertakes formal
inquiries such as the authorised inquiry into the City of Melville?
(2) What is the nominal full staffing level of this unit?
(3) What is the actual staffing level of this unit?
(4) How many
officers were involved in the Department of Local Government, Sport and
Cultural Industries inquiry into the City of Melville and have any of those
officers now gone on long-term leave?
(5) If, as the
minister says in his answer to question C470, the report has not been
completed, why has it not been completed and when will it be completed?
Hon SUE ELLERY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the
(1) Yes. The
regulatory services division conducts all formal inquiries and investigations
on behalf of the department in relation to local government, liquor and
(2) The nominal level is 28.
(3) The actual level is 28.
(4) Two were involved and, yes, one
officer is now on long-term leave.
The City of Melville authorised inquiry report is not yet finalised. The
department is endeavouring to complete the report as soon as possible; however,
statutory investigations need to afford natural justice provisions and
reasonable time frames for the provision of information, analysis and review.