Legislative Council: Tuesday, November 29, 2022


Question Time

Independent Commission Against Corruption Investigation

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:36): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking a question of the Attorney-General.

Leave granted.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: On 15 November, the Attorney-General was asked a question in this place regarding the circumstances surrounding the withdrawal of charges and abandonment of proceedings against Mr Hanlon on the first day of the trial in the District Court on Wednesday 9 November and whether he had requested a briefing from the DPP and ICAC regarding the matter. The Attorney replied:

As I outlined earlier, the fact that this matter has attracted significant media attention and the fact that the bodies have very significant powers creates a need for very significant oversight and very significant confidence in what such bodies do. That's why I wrote to both the DPP and ICAC the same day as the discontinuance of the prosecution on 9 November, last week.


Whenever you have matters like this, where significant issues are raised—and particularly in a matter like this that has had much attention, and rightly so, in the media—I think it's reasonable that both the ICAC and in this case, as I referred to earlier, the DPP provide a full explanation of what has occurred.

My questions to the Attorney-General are:

1. Since 15 November, what response has the Attorney-General received from the DPP and ICAC to his request for a full explanation of events?

2. If the Attorney-General has not received a response from the DPP and ICAC over that time, what has the Attorney-General done to ensure that a response is forthcoming?

3. When will the Attorney-General share with the council any further action he will take, including publishing the response he receives from the DPP and ICAC?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:38): I thank the honourable member for her question. As I have previously said, I have received some information from the DPP and the ICAC. I am considering what further information is needed in relation to what further action may be taken. I will be happy to inform the house in the not-too-distant future.