Deputy Premier ducks concerns on whether he ought to front unjust termination case

Deputy Premier Roger Cook has actually dismissed concerns about whether he must supply proof in the unreasonable termination case brought by his previous electorate officer. Mr Cook’s remarks come as it was exposed a Civil service Appeal Board member who was hearing the case with previous Kwinana electorate officer Sanja Spasojevic had actually been changed after her legal group raised issues about prospective disputes of interests. Ms Spasojevic is declaring Mr Cook unjustly sacked her in 2015 over a breakdown in trust and unauthorised leave. She declares Mr Cook authorized the leave however wrecked her demand kind in front of her, which

she states was basic practice because workplace and acknowledgment of the effort of his staff. She attempted to have Mr Cook and other civil servant summoned to supply proof in her case however Attorney-General John Quigley stepped in previously this month by offering recommendations to the PSAB that it did not have the power to summon or subpoena witnesses. Ms Spasojevic has actually formerly revealed her disappointment at the intervention and stated the federal government was concerned summoning witnesses

would expose excessive about their inaccurate leave practices in electorate offices. Asked on Wednesday whether he would front the unreasonable termination case in the interest of openness Mr Cook stated he was not a celebration to the action. It’s a matter in between that specific individual and the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and I’ll continue to be recommended properly, he said. Last week, Premier Mark McGowan stated it was not legal for Mr Cook to front the inquiry. Mr Cook decreased to respond to a concern about whether he had actually ever destroyed a leave demand form. Look, I’m not going to offer more commentary on that due to the fact that, clearly, it’s going to be subject of that specific appeal board, he said. Ms Spasojevic is

commemorating a little win in her case after a PSAB member was changed following issues raised by her legal group about 2 possible disputes of interest. Matthew Hammond was among 3 members of the PSAB however is wed to Labor MP Meredith Hammat and operates at the Department

of Premier and Cabinet, where he reports to the exact same lady advising federal government attorneys in Ms Spasojevic’s case. Her attorneys argued the 2 relationships might cause possible disputes of interest. On Thursday recently, the WA Industrial Relations Council, which administers the PSAB, stated the board was still examining Mr Hammond’s position, however on Tuesday Ms Spasojevic’s legal group was notified he had actually been changed on November 19 with another board member.

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