My Government is committed to a public sector with the highest levels of probity and integrity, and I welcome the release by the Integrity Commission of their Guide to managing misconduct in the Tasmanian public sector.
I note that senior officers in the public sector have worked cooperatively with the Integrity Commission in the development of the Guide.
My Government will now closely consider the recommendations and good practice suggestions.
I can however say at this stage that the Government is strongly supportive of the intent of recommendation one, relating to the ability to make disciplinary findings after someone has left the state service.
As the Integrity Commission has highlighted, it has become apparent that there is a loophole which effectively allows people to avoid investigation by resigning, and this matter does need to be addressed.