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Minister’s conduct should be referred to Privileges Committee

  • Jacquie Petrusma should face Privileges Committee over misleading Parliament  
  • Minister repeatedly refuses to address the evidence  
  • Government using its numbers to protect the Minister from proper scrutiny

Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma’s conduct should be reviewed by the Parliament’s Privileges Committee.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the Minister has repeatedly failed to address the clear and compelling evidence she misled the House of Assembly on November 16 last year.

“Written advice from the acting deputy secretary of the Minister’s department directly contradicted the statement Jacquie Petrusma gave to Parliament,” Ms White said.

“The written advice said that only eight of the eleven children in the care of Safe Pathways had been contacted.

“The Minister told the Parliament all eleven children had been contacted.

“The evidence Jacquie Petrusma misled Parliament is there in black and white.

“Today the Minister repeatedly failed to address the question of whether she was aware of the advice from her acting deputy secretary.

“The Minister did not go near that question, instead hiding behind the idea she was given conflicting verbal advice at an earlier time, from an unknown person.

“Despite being caught out, Minister Petrusma has made no attempt to correct the record and therefore should be referred to the Privileges Committee.”