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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1052 asked in the Legislative Council on 1 December 2021 by Hon Colin De Grussa

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 1 December 2021

PUBLIC SERVICE APPEAL BOARD

1052. Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the Minister for Industrial Relations:

I refer to the Public Service Appeal Board.

(1) On how many occasions since June 2015 has —

(a) the board summonsed a minister in relation to an appeal brought by government officers or public service officers; and

(b) a board summons then been blocked by an Attorney General?

(2) Has the board sought assurances that a minister can appear voluntarily before the board?

(3) Can a minister appear voluntarily before the board?

(4) Has the board sought advice on the number of cases that may need to be reviewed due to the board issuing subpoenas or summons?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. Honourable member, I have numbering of (1)(1) and (1)(2) rather than (1)(a) and (1)(b), but the answer, I think, is the same.

(1) (a) The Public Service Appeal Board has not issued summonses to any minister.

(b) Not applicable.

(2) I am unaware of assurances sought by any PSAB. It should be noted that the PSAB is independently constituted for each matter lodged with the registrar.

(3) The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission cannot identify any matter in which a minister has appeared as a witness.

(4) I am unaware of advice sought by any PSAB.