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Correspondence from Anti-Discrimination Commissioner

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 9 May 2023

Tags: Transparency, Parliament


Did you or your DPAC secretary, Jenny Gale, or any member of your staff, ask Commissioner Bolt to write a second letter last Friday, that allowed you to breach committee rules and trust and politicise and weaponise the Workplace Culture Review as you have today?



Mr Speaker, I thank the member for the question. I stood up today out of concern -


Opposition members interjecting.

Ms O'CONNOR - Point of order, Standing Order 45, relevance. Mr Speaker, you have frequently guided us to keep the questions short and to the point. It was just a question.

Dr Woodruff - A yes, or no answer.

Ms O'CONNOR - A yes, or no; because we will find out.

Mr SPEAKER - Ms O'Connor, the question has been put to the Premier and I will allow the Premier to answer with enough time to do so.

Mr ROCKLIFF - The Equal Opportunity Commissioner, the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, can make these choices herself, in terms of letters she writes; and of course I have permission to read the letter today, which I have quoted, I have tabled in openness and transparency, in the best interests of -

Ms O'CONNOR - Point of order, Mr Speaker, there is only one question here and the Premier is clearly trying to avoid it: did he, or his DPAC secretary, or his staff ask Commissioner Bolt for a second letter?

Mr SPEAKER - Ms O'Connor, you have already put the question and I will allow the Premier to answer it.

Ms O'Connor - Will he?

Mr ROCKLIFF - I cannot speak for anyone else, Mr Speaker, but, clearly, the commissioner is concerned. That is why I have detailed the letter today, because of the content within it. As head of the public service, as Premier of Tasmania, I -

Ms O'CONNOR - Mr Speaker, I implore you to bring the Premier to the question, under Standing Order 45 on relevance.

Mr SPEAKER - Ms O'Connor, that is the third time in two and a half minutes that you have raised points of order. I will allow the Premier the appropriate amount of time. I cannot put words into the Premier's mouth. I can only remind him of the relevance of Standing Order 45, and I will allow him to continue.

Any decision of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to write a letter is a decision of hers alone.