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To cover this situation where the commissioner receives a complaint about a possible breach of the code of conduct and decides not to investigate it, and to facilitate the commissioner being able to let the MLA know only that she or he has had a complaint made against them, a notice of motion has been lodged to amend continuing resolution 5AA to facilitate this new practice. If the Assembly agrees to this change, the following proposed change to the protocols for the Commissioner for Standards will also be made. That will include:
Insert new paragraph 7(c):
If the Commissioner receives a complaint and the Commissioner believes on reasonable grounds that there is insufficient evidence to justify an investigation or that the complaint is frivolous, vexatious, or only for political advantage, the Commissioner will inform the complainant that the matter will not be further investigated. The Commissioner will also inform (without revealing the complainant’s identity or the nature of the complaint) both the committee and the Member the subject of the complaint that a complaint has been received but not further investigated.
Economy and Gender and Economic Equality—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (11.58): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Economy and Gender and Economic Equality. As members will recall, pursuant to standing order 216, the committee resolved on 4 May 2021 to inquire into the future of the working week—in particular, what a four-day work week would look like and whether it is the future of work. The committee informed the Assembly of its decision on 13 May 2021. The committee announced its call for written submissions on 16 June 2021.
Members will also recall that the committee released a discussion paper on 16 June 2021, tabled on 23 June, to assist individuals and organisations to prepare written submissions to its inquiry. The committee had originally called for submissions by Monday, 1 November 2021. The deadline was subsequently extended to 28 February 2022. The committee decided to extend the deadline for submissions at its meeting on 7 December 2021. The new deadline for submissions is close of business, 13 May 2022. A media release to this effect was issued on 17 January 2022. The committee has emailed a wide range of stakeholders directly, inviting a submission to the inquiry.
Statement by chair
MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (11.59): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Economy and Gender and Economic Equality. On 15 June 2021 the committee agreed to consider the particulars of petition No 6-21 concerning monumental women, lodged in the Assembly on 2 June 2021, as part of a wider inquiry. Pursuant to standing order 216, the committee resolved on 15 June 2021 to inquire into memorialisation through public commemoration.