Legislative Council: Wednesday, February 07, 2024


Government Apologies

In reply to the Hon. F. PANGALLO ().30 November 2023).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Child Protection has advised: 

1. Ms Corkhill has provided unstinting support to Mr Meekins over many years but in this instance, Mr Meekins contacted the Department for Child Protection himself. An executive of the department, not acting in her legal capacity, returned Mr Meekins call after he left a message requesting that his call be responded to directly. That executive then immediately called Ms Corkhill to fully relate to her the matters discussed with Mr Meekins. Ms Corkhill was aware that Mr Meekins had personally called the department.

2. Mr Meekins' letter of apology is the last element of his direct personal response process. An executive of the department has signed the letter. Ms Corkhill was advised of this in September 2023 and that letter is available to Mr Meekins upon request.