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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 249

Department of Agriculture: Serana (WA) Pty Ltd

(Question No. 497)

Ms MacTiernan asked the Minister for Agriculture, in writing, on 30 September 2014:

(1) For how long has Mr Andrew Baxter been employed in his department.

(2) What positions has Mr Baxter held within his department.

(3) What qualifications are required for the position of Chief Investigating Officer (CIO).

(4) What investigating background did Mr Baxter have in order to obtain the position of CIO.

(5) Is Mr Baxter still employed by his department; if not, (a) when was his employment terminated, and (b) under what circumstances was he terminated.

Mr Joyce: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Mr Baxter was employed with the department from 29 April 2013 to 16 September 2014.

(2) Mr Baxter held one position within the department, that of Regional Investigations Manager within the Central East Region.

(3) There is no such position as the 'Chief Investigating Officer' in the Department of Agriculture.

(4) See response to (3) above.

(5) Mr Baxter resigned from the department, taking effect on16 September 2014. His resignation was based on personal circumstances and was not connected with this or any other operational matter.