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Question Without Notice No. 1020 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 September 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE

1020. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the Premier's response to my question without notice 1008 asked yesterday in relation to the global strike for climate, which stated that ''any public servant who chooses to attend the strike should do so in their own time''.

(1) Will the Premier please clarify whether his response means that Western Australian public servants will be permitted to seek flexible working arrangements to attend the global strike for climate, similar to what was announced yesterday by the Victorian Premier?

(2) If no to (1), what does the Premier's response mean in practical terms for public servants, given that the strike is to be held over a three-hour period during standard work hours?

(3) If yes to (1), will the Premier or a representative of the government formally notify public servants of their right to seek flexible working arrangements?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

On behalf of the Leader of the House, I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer is provided by the Premier.

(1)–(3) The Premier would expect all public servants to work within the provisions outlined in their applicable awards and agreements, and any attendance at the rally should be done so within that framework.