Minister For Local Government And Cooperatives House Notes Leak

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SpeakersEgan The Hon Michael; Pickering The Hon Edward
BusinessQuestions Without Notice



The Hon. M. R. EGAN: My question without notice is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Vice-President of the Executive Council. Has the major crime squad been called in to investigate last month's leak of the Property Services Group ministerial briefing notes? How many officers are involved in this investigation and at what cost? What role did the Minister play in initiating the investigation by the major crime squad? What representations did the Minister receive from the Minister for Local Government concerning this matter? Will the Minister release all papers relevant to the initiation of the investigation?

The Hon. E. P. PICKERING: The only light I can throw on this matter is that I received a telephone call from the Minister for Local Government, indicating that he wished to speak to the Commissioner of Police on this matter. He merely formally asked whether I would be offended if he spoke directly to the commission. I told him that I thought it was a perfectly proper course of action and that he could inform the commissioner that he had cleared that direct access with me. I have heard no more about the matter. Obviously it is an operational matter that I would not normally be involved in. However, I am happy to put the other detail of the question to the commissioner, and if there is an appropriate response I shall be more than happy to provide that to the Leader of the Opposition.