Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore has hit back at suggestions he had misrepresented the public of Western Australia by not releasing certain documents requested by Apache North West.
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The criticism of the Minister was made in court today by Apache’s legal representative.
“All I have done is provide to the public the State Government-commissioned report into the Varanus Island explosion incident, and I did that only after allowing Apache reasonable time to review and comment on the contents of that report,” Mr Moore said.
“Any suggestion that I ‘cherry picked’ any particular documents is grossly offensive.
“Ironically this is what Apache is doing in seeking the publication of only two documents out of many others.”
The Minister said the two documents in question, together with a range of other information, were supplied by the State Government and Apache under the discovery process for the prosecution.
Mr Moore said the documents from Apache's employees were obtained under Schedule 3 of the Criminal Procedure Act, which prohibits publication of evidence obtained in a pre-trial examination. However, Apache is able to disclose information held by its employees if it chooses to do so.
“As far as the Government is concerned, as stated in the court today, we would be prepared to make the Government documents available to the public, provided Apache makes its material available,” he said.
“The State submitted to the Court that Apache should not be allowed to cherry pick two documents which suit its purposes and use those documents, out of context, in a misleading manner.”
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