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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Harrison calls on Parliament to ‘set the standard’

Charlestown state MP Jodie Harrison has delivered a Notice of Motion stating it was important the NSW Parliament “set the standard for what constitutes a safe workplace”.

Following numerous allegations of unsavoury behaviour in the corridors of power in recent weeks, many politicians – both state and federal – feel “enough is enough”.

And, Ms Harrison is one of them, believing the NSW Parliament needs to develop the capacity to deal with “improper workplace conduct in a timely and transparent manner”.

She’s called on Premier Gladys Berejiklian and every member to “show leadership by acting to make the NSW Parliament above reproach in regards to workplace safety and culture”.

Ironically, it was revealed last week that Ms Berejiklian had commissioned a secret review of the Parliament’s complaints process.

She also appointed former sex discrimination commissioner Pru Goward to undertake the appraisal.

“They are not off to a good start by keeping the review a secret,” Ms Harrison said.

“What we need is transparency not secrecy.

“We need women in Parliament to be aware of the review so that they can participate in it.

“Any investigation should be independent.

“It is simply not appropriate for a former Liberal minister to be in charge of this secret review.”

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