Legislative Council: Thursday, May 05, 2022


Ombudsman Investigation, Member for Bragg

The Hon. F. PANGALLO (15:16): Yes, I do, actually, and I thank the honourable Attorney-General for his response. The question that I asked, apart from the Attorney seeking Crown law advice: are there any other options available to the government to review the Ombudsman's report?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:16): I thank the honourable member for his supplementary question. It's not something that we are considering—and I will check, but I am not sure of the mechanism for a challenge to another judicial body from a report from the Ombudsman, but that's not what we are looking to do. I do appreciate the position the honourable member has put forward from former Attorney-General Chris Sumner and others, but we are seeking the Attorney-General's Department to do a body of work that looks at both the views that have been expressed.