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Question Without Notice No. 240 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 March 2020 by Hon Simon O’Brien

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

CORRUPTION AND CRIME COMMISSION — PUBLIC TRANSPORT AUTHORITY —ANDREW FORRESTER

240. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

This question stands in the name of Hon Michael Mischin, who is away on urgent parliamentary business, so I ask it on his behalf.

I refer to the answers by the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Police regarding Andrew Forrester and his passing of information held by the Public Transport Authority to the Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Union for its use in industrial agreement negotiations.

(1) Is the minister saying that to her knowledge that no action has been taken to determine whether Mr Forrester or union officers should be prosecuted over the unauthorised acquisition and use of confidential personal information of some 1 750 PTA employees?

(2) What steps has the minister taken to inform herself of the situation and the lack of referral, or is she not concerned about this widespread, unauthorised and wrongful breach of employee confidentiality?

(3) Given that the Corruption and Crime Commission cannot itself commence prosecution action, will the minister now take steps to ensure that the matter is formally referred to the WA Police Force for investigation with a view to prosecution if a satisfactory case is made out; and, if not, why not?

(4) Does the fact that the personal information acquired by Mr Forrester was supplied to, and used by, a union explain why the matter has not been formally referred to the WA Police Force for investigation with a view to possible prosecution?

(5) If no to (4), what is the reason and what is the minister going to do to remedy the situation?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The minister is advised that the Public Transport Authority alerted the WA Police Force about this matter, and the matter was ultimately referred to the Corruption and Crime Commission for its investigation and action. This follows the normal protocol between the PTA, WAPOL and the CCC. WAPOL acts independently of the Minister for Transport, and it is its prerogative as to which matters it chooses to investigate.

(2)–(5) Not applicable.