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Question: Review of Harassment in the South Australian Parliament Workplace

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: I seek leave to make a brief explanation before addressing a question to the Minister for Public Sector on the topic of the equal opportunity commissioner's recommendations about the parliamentary workplace.

Leave granted.

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS: Recommendation 14 of the equal opportunity's review of sexual harassment in this parliamentary workplace recommended for a SafeWork SA audit to be conducted across the parliamentary workplace. To my understanding this has not yet happened over three years later. I also understand that recommendations have come from the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment to undertake a workplace satisfaction survey of this parliamentary workplace by February 2024. For those playing at home, that would be last month.

My questions to the minister are:

1. If it actually happened, when was the workplace satisfaction survey of this parliamentary workplace undertaken and what were the results from that

2. Has a SafeWork SA audit been undertaken of the parliamentary workplace in the last four years, as recommended by the EO commissioner?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): I thank the honourable member for her question, her keen interest in this area and her efforts to make progress in this area. I know the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, whose office forms part of the portfolio area of the Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector, has provided support to particularly the parliament in making these reforms.

In relation to SafeWork's involvement, I don't have information about a report having been conducted, but I am happy to make inquiries in relation to that particular issue, but I do note that many of the recommendations were directed at what parliament can do better. I think the report itself and the recommendations show a clear indication as to why parliament has to do better, and I know that the officers within parliament are taking steps towards that.

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