Page 1369 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 5 April 2011

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For the advice of the Assembly, I will read a series of emails that I have received that relate to these text messages and at the end of this I will seek leave to have these tabled for the information of members. I received an email on 28 March that says:

Hi Vicki

I sent the SMS below to—

this was to a particular person; I have de-identified this, Mr Speaker, for the purposes of tabling it because I do not believe that I need to tout people’s names around—

… on 18/3/2011 at 5.39PM and received no response.

I was expecting that he would ask what documents I had (a fairly obvious question I would have thought) but he did not.

Happy for you to use it as you see fit.

Attached to this is the text of a text message that was sent that says:

Thanks for the note …

this was sent, by the person who sent it to me, to a staffer in Ms Burch’s office—

I appreciate the bind that you are in regarding privacy and I genuinely respect that. I do hope that you are asking the kinds of questions I suggested in any case. There is mounting, documented evidence of departmental coverup. If I can get access to such documents, I expect that you can too. Happy to discuss. Cheers.

Mr Coe and I asked about these text messages on Thursday and Ms Burch came in and said at the end of question time that her staff had responded to that by asking the writer of the text messages to put the matter in writing. So I sent off an email saying that this was what the minister had said and did he have any views about this. I received a response that says:

I have no record of any email from … after I sent the email I mentioned below

I will mention that I subsequently got an email to clarify that where this person says “email” in this email he actually meant text message. It is slightly confusing, but there have been a lot of emails and text messages going between my office and others and the minister’s office and others. He continues:

He did send me a txt (copied below) on the same afternoon, but it was sent in relation to …’s situation, not the new material … Perhaps … is confused?

… there’s no way I can respond to your txt without breaching Mr … or others privacy. Given that, and the fact that there are two depts involved in this matter, strongly suggest that Mr … put such concerns in writing and relevant dept will respond as they did this last week.

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