Peter Tinley’s tenure as Western Australian mines and petroleum minister is over after barely a week.
New WA Premier Mark McGowan yesterday announced that Bill Johnston would now take on the mines and petroleum portfolio “to avoid any potential or perceived conflict of interest.”
According to a WA Government statement, it had become apparent since Tinley was appointed to the role last week that he would need to manage a potential or perceived conflict of interest.
At the first McGowan Labor Government meeting, the cabinet was made aware that a family member of Tinley worked in the oil and gas industry, the statement outlined.
McGowan said the move was a responsible change to state cabinet to ensure ministers could do their job without any conflicts – potential or perceived.
“Once Cabinet was made aware of the potential conflict it soon became clear that managing the issue would be too complex, given the portfolio responsibilities and therefore the matter was dealt with at the earliest opportunity,” McGowan explained.
“Although the conflict could have been managed in an appropriate manner, I have made the decision to put the issue beyond any doubt.”
The change reflects WA Labor’s commitment to running a transparent and accountable government, McGowan concluded.