Legislative Council: Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Schools, Specialist Support

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:23): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking a question of the parliamentary secretary regarding wellbeing specialists.

Leave granted.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: Yesterday, the parliamentary secretary apologised to the council for providing inaccurate information to the council and said that she would never have knowingly done so. In her statement, she admitted that 55 wellbeing specialists were funded by the former government and that the government's new package was funded from existing Department for Education resources. She said that she was advised of this yesterday.

My question to the parliamentary secretary is: was the notice of motion on the matter of privilege the first time that the parliamentary secretary had this information drawn to her attention? If not, when was the parliamentary secretary first advised that she had provided incorrect information to the council?

The Hon. E.S. BOURKE (14:24): I thank the member for her question. I put my response on the record yesterday, and I put forward that I apologised to the parliament yesterday and made my statement clear yesterday.