The Director-General who signed off on Jarrod Bleijie’s boot camp tender process has accused the Auditor-General of denying him natural justice.
The state’s Auditor-General, Andrew Greaves, found Mr Bleijie’s decision to over-rule his department’s recommendations for boot camp operators, instead awarding the multi-million contract to an operator of his own choice, cost the state additional funds and left the process open to accusations of favouritism.
Mr Bleijie has stood by his decision, saying he was not a “tick and flick” minister and his chosen operator was the better company for the job.
Now the Director-General for the Attorney-General’s department at the time, John Sosso, has written to Mr Greaves responding to claims the Department did not provide full assistance with the review.
“…I am disappointed that you included in your report a letter to the Member of Parliament which incorrectly represents my directions to staff,” he wrote in his email to Mr Greaves, which was tabled in Parliament.
“For the record, my instructions to staff in relation to the boot camps review was a standard one. It was to provide full co-operation to the QAO. Having regard to the volume of documentation provided, I was concerned that extra care was taken so no key documentation was inadvertently omitted. This necessarily led to some delays.
“As you know, a key principle of natural justice is a person being negatively reported is given an opportunity to respond.
“In this instance, this has not occurred.
“Even though the time for me to respond prior to you having your report tabled has elapsed, I think it is important that I place on record my concerns lest the reputation of both my Department and myself is unfairly tarnished.
“Further, I also wish to dispel any suggestion that DJAG has in this instance done anything other than provide full assistance and cooperation with your office.”
A spokesman for Mr Greaves said he had no further comment.
“The Auditor-General, Mr Andrew Greaves, does not have anything more to add to what was covered in the report and the letters in the appendices,” she said.
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