Legislative Council: Wednesday, July 03, 2019


Trade, Tourism and Investment Department

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Leader of the Opposition) (14:44): A supplementary arising from the answer: can the minister confirm that because of the way the dismissals from that department have been handled, senior executives were offered psychological counselling before they left? Can the minister inform the chamber how many senior executives took up the psychological counselling they were offered because of the way this was handled?

The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY (Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (14:45): I think the honourable member is referring to an article that was published in InDaily today. It is a shame that members opposite always want to continue to talk down the hardworking public servants who are trying to grow our state's economy. Any of the terminations and activities that happen in the department are an operational matter for the chief executive and his team.

Members interjecting:

The Hon. D.W. RIDGWAY: They just keep talking over the top of me, Mr President.