Education Minister Kay Hallahan today described the Pike Committee investigating the Western Women affair as a political sham.
Mrs Hallahan said allegations made to the committee that she and Premier Carmen Lawrence had dined with gaoled financier Robin Greenburg in late 1990 were completely untrue.
"The weight given by the committee to such scuttlebutt demonstrates that it has no interest in sorting fact from fiction," the Minister said.
"The committee has one aim - that is to besmirch the character of members of the Government."
Mrs Hallahan said the conduct of the committee highlighted the need for democratic reforms of the conservative-dominated Upper House of State Parliament.
"This committee has spent more than $100,000 of taxpayers funds conducting a publicity campaign on behalf of the Liberal Party.
"As yet the committee has failed to hand down a substantive report which would expose the political nature of its work to public scrutiny," she said.
Mrs Hallahan said she had voluntarily appeared before the committee in September to answer any and all allegations about her former role as Minister assisting the Minister for Womens Interests.
The latest allegation was not raised at the time and has no substance.