Legislative Council: Thursday, May 05, 2022


Ombudsman Investigation, Member for Bragg

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (15:13): Supplementary: does the Attorney-General have confidence in the Ombudsman?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:13): I think the Ombudsman, over many years, has done a fine job discharging his statutory obligations. I firmly believe that. The member for Black, who took the opposite view of the Ombudsman on this issue—I assume he would also express confidence in the Ombudsman discharging his statutory obligations and have confidence in the way he goes about it, notwithstanding the member for Black taking the opposite view on the conflict of interest question about the former Attorney-General.