Legislative Council: Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Matter of Privilege

Matter of Privilege

Notice of Motion: Matter of Privilege: The Hon. N.J. Centofanti to move:

That a Committee of Privileges be established to inquire into and report on whether the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier misled the council while answering a question without notice on Thursday 8 September 2022.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (11:04): I rise to indicate that, given that the parliamentary secretary the Hon. Emily Bourke has corrected the record and apologised to the chamber, I will not proceed with the motion. In doing so I would like to state for the record that parliamentary privilege, whilst critical in allowing freedom of speech and freedom of reporting, is something that must be exercised responsibly. Members of the parliament, but in particular ministers and assistant ministers, have a responsibility to not mislead the house, and I note that the Hon. Ms Bourke has indicated that she will not make that mistake again. The opposition welcomes that statement, and consequently I again indicate that I will not be pursuing the motion.

Notice of motion withdrawn.