Two House of Assembly members key to any vote of no confidence in beleaguered government minister Roger Jaensch have refused to say whether they believe he misled Parliament last week.
The state's Housing Minister last Thursday was asked by Greens leader Cassy O'Connor during Question Time whether the government had made a decision to change the state's tenancy laws on evictions.
Mr Jaensch claimed he was unaware about the decision Ms O'Connor was referring to.
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Ms O'Connor then produced a confidential cabinet document which showed that a decision had been made, but then later reversed.
A debate on whether or not to let a motion of no confidence proceed was shut down by the government through a vote with support from Clark independent MHR Madeleine Ogilvie.
Ms O'Connor on Monday said the government was foolish to gag debate on the matter of confidence in Mr Jaensch as the question lingered until the debate occurred.
"He knew that there had been a plan to change the tenancy laws to make it easier to evict tenants and yet he told Parliament that he didn't know what we were talking about," she said.
"The minister has lied to Parliament."
Ms O'Connor urged Ms Ogilivie to put aside her good relationship with the Liberals and question whether she was prepared to stand by a minister who had misled Parliament. Ms Ogilvie did not respond to media inquiries on Monday.
Speaker and Liberal member for Clark Sue Hickey would not comment on whether or not Mr Jaensch had misled Parliament.
"I am the chair of the Privileges Committee so it would not be appropriate for me to comment," she said.
Labor leader Rebecca White said Premier Peter Gutwein's failure to take action against Mr Jaensch was an indictment on his leadership.
Government minister Michael Ferguson was asked earlier on Monday if Ms Ogilivie would be considered for pre-selection by the Liberals for the next state election.
He said he did not understand where the question was coming from.
"That is just not happening," Mr Ferguson said.
"Madeleine Ogilvie is an independent and I don't understand the question."
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