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Jaensch Must Resign, or Be Sacked


Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Friday, 25 September 2020

Tags: Misleading Parliament, Parliament, Ministerial Accountability, Ministerial Code of Conduct

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Minister Jaensch has breached the Ministerial and Parliamentary Codes of Conduct by wilfully misleading Parliament. His position is untenable.

Under Westminster principles of accountability Minister Jaensch must resign or be sacked by the Premier.

Claims that a Cabinet decision is not a decision until legislation comes to Parliament is nothing more than nonsense, cooked up to try to cover for a Minister with a clear disregard for the truth.

Minister Jaensch’s claim the Greens’ question was without context is equally ludicrous. The question was succinct, specific and clearly stated, with no room for ambiguity.

Unfortunately, the Liberal Government has, since its earliest days, demonstrated a culture of secrecy, dishonesty, and evasion. There’s minimal accountability, and we’re seeing that once again.

If Minister Jaensch won’t do the decent thing and resign, the Premier should sack him. Anything less is a reflection on the Premier’s own integrity and commitment to his own ministerial Code of Conduct.