Labor wants the government to make public the protocols it has in place to manage any conflict of interest for minister Sarah Courtney.
Ms Courtney has told Parliament that DPIPWE head Dr John Whittington, with whom she had a personal relationship, would not advise her directly.
Deputy labor leader Michelle O’Byrne asked Ms Courtney in Parliament on Tuesday what protocols were in place to manage future dealings with Dr Whittington.
“Despite the fact you have breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct over your relationship with Dr Whittington, you have confirmed that you will still be required to work as minister with him, so the risk of a further breach has in fact not been removed at all,” Ms O’Byrne said.
“You have admitted your role will bring you into contact with Dr Whittington. What protocols are now in place to manage this clear conflict of interest, and when will these protocols be released publicly?”
Ms Courtney said the secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Solicitor-General had reviewed the interactions between DPIPWE and her new portfolios.
“They have advised that there are no impediments to my taking on these portfolio responsibilities,” Ms Courtney said.
“There may, however, be limited occasions where some interaction between DPIPWE and my responsibilities occur.
“Arrangements are in place to ensure that no advice will go directly from the secretary of DPIPWE to me as minister.
“Suitable delegations are in place to ensure that Dr Whittington will not be directly briefing or advising me as minister.
“We will manage this conflict of interest, as has been done in the past.”
Ms O’Byrne said Tasmanians needed to know what measures had been put in place to manage the situation.