Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Mary Wooldridge
It has been 469 days since the Legislative Council first passed a motion compelling the Leader of the Government, Gavin Jennings, to provide documents relating to the Port of Melbourne.
The motion to suspend Gavin Jennings relates to requests by the Legislative Council for documents relating to:
• Port of Melbourne, passed on 11 February 2015
• West Gate Distributor, passed on 25 February 2015
• Australian Formula One Grand Prix, passed on 25 February 2015
• Cranbourne-Pakenham rail corridor project, passed on 25 February 2015
• Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program, passed on 10 June 2015
• Peter Mac Private, passed on 5 August 2015
To date, Gavin Jennings has refused to release these documents in full, insisting on keeping them secret.
The suspension will end if Gavin Jennings provides the documents required by Parliament or has them assessed by an independent umpire, such as a retired Supreme Court Judge. The maximum term of the suspension is six months.
The Coalition understands that certain documents may be subject to executive privilege, hence the option of having a senior judge review them prior to release. This provision is set in the standing orders as passed by the Legislative Council.
The suspension will be effective from 7 June 2016.
Quotes attributable to Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Mary Wooldridge:
This is about the Andrews Labor Government keeping its promise to Victorians to be transparent and accountable in government.
This is about Daniel Andrews not hiding important information from the Parliament, media and Victorians.
Before the last election Daniel Andrews claimed he would be transparent and accountable in government, but instead he has been bending the rules to keep the truth from Victorians.
The Andrews Labor Government is running a secret state with over 300 Freedom of Information requests that are unanswered or overdue as well as defying Parliament and keeping scores of documents secret.
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