Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

    Major systemic failings identified in Special Inquiry

    20/02/2018 2:15 PM
    • Special Inquiry tabled in State Parliament shines a light on financial management of former government
    • The inquiry reported on the decision-making processes, accountability and culture of government under the Liberals and Nationals
    • Recommendations handed down to ensure future governments avoid the same mistakes and record debt and deficits are addressed over time 

    Special Inquirer John Langoulant AO today handed down his comprehensive report into the programs and projects of the former Liberal National Government.


    The Special Inquiry characterises the former government's poor governance culture, lack of financial discipline and unsustainable spending decisions as the key factors behind the record debt and deficit created.


    A total of 32 projects were examined in close detail, with all State Government departments required to co-operate with the Special Inquiry by providing access to relevant documentation as requested.


    The McGowan Government broadly endorses the recommendations of the Special Inquiry and will begin an implementation program across government to address the key findings.


    Premier Mark McGowan stated that Royalties for Regions would continue with a hypothecated account following significant improvements, including strengthening the governance and accountability of the program and a new rigorous oversight regime installed over the past year.


    To view the report, visit https://publicsector.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "This Special Inquiry has shone a light on what was a grossly incompetent and financially reckless government.


    "The lessons learned from this irresponsible period of government in WA must be acknowledged by all relevant parties, to ensure the mismanagement of the State's finances and major projects and programs is never repeated.


    "For those responsible, the only honourable thing to do now is to reflect on the lessons learned and apologise to the people of Western Australia.


    "The damning report provides a clear guide to my Government and future governments.


    "My Government will continue to strengthen governance, accountability, transparency and focus on the key economic and social benefits of government decisions when dealing with taxpayers' money.


    "We will continue to govern in the interests of all Western Australians.


    "I thank Mr Langoulant and his team for his comprehensive examination. I will provide my Government's immediate response to the Special Inquiry tomorrow."


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