Legislative Council: Wednesday, June 28, 2023


Independent Commission Against Corruption

The Hon. D.G.E. HOOD (14:32): Supplementary: does the report raise concerns with the Attorney-General about other matters that have been investigated by the ICAC over that period?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:32): I thank the honourable member for his question. I don't have before me any evidence to say that other matters were similarly affected by what the inspector has found in this case. I think many of the defects the inspector found related to the taking of evidence in Germany and not following legal advice about mutual assistance recognition in terms of taking evidence in a foreign country.

I'm not aware of other investigations that may have had similar factual circumstances, but certainly I think it is of concern that the inspector found evidence of maladministration in the way that this particular case was conducted and I think that's why it has been such a useful report. It makes recommendations and, as I have spelt out, changes and steps have already been taken since this investigation was started.