Re­port to stay se­cret

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - AN­NIKA SMETHURST

TAX­PAY­ERS paid tens of thou­sands of dol­lars for a se­cret re­port into bul­ly­ing at a WA MP’s min­is­te­rial of­fice, but it won’t be re­leased.

Gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments re­veal the Depart­ment of Fi­nance paid $27,272 to Can­berra-based work­place in­ves­ti­ga­tors CPM Re­views to in­ves­ti­gate claims of bul­ly­ing be­tween se­nior staff within the of­fice of Aged Care Min­is­ter Ken Wy­att.

In the past two years the Gov­ern­ment has paid more than $124,000 to the work­place in­ves­ti­ga­tors to help re­solve em­ployee dis­putes. It is un­der­stood Mr Wy­att has been ac­cused of mis­man­ag­ing the con­flict. Staff have been told the CPM re­port was com­plete, but would not be re­leased and only Mr Wy­att would get it, not the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice.

Mr Wy­att con­firmed he’d re­ceived the re­port and was “care­fully con­sid­er­ing it”.

“Due to pri­vacy con­cerns, the re­port is not suit­able for pub­lic re­lease,” he said.

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