West Australian Treasurer Troy Buswell says his legal team is assessing an offer to settle court action between himself and his former lover, independent MP Adele Carles.
A defamation writ was last week served on Ms Carles after she made a string of accusations about Mr Buswell’s behaviour in the press and on social media.
Ms Carles’s high-profile lawyer, John Hammond, has since sent a letter to Mr Buswell’s lawyer, Martin Bennett, asking him to cease all legal action against her.
Mr Buswell has remained tight-lipped on the matter but was quizzed at length by journalists after delivering the state government’s Mid Year Economic Review on Friday.
“I’ll get advice from my legal advisers and in due course we’ll respond,” he said.
“There is a legal process available to everybody in this country if they feel they’ve been defamed and I’m simply exploring that legal process.”
Mr Buswell rejected a suggestion that he was snubbing Premier Colin Barnett, who this week said he would like the matter to be resolved quickly as it was proving a distraction for the WA government.
He said the WA public was “pretty much fed up with it” and he would not be drawn further.
“I think a mature approach is .. not to conduct or speculate on private conversations and your private life in public,” Mr Buswell said.
“And I’m pretty consistent with that approach.”
Ms Carles held another press conference about her relationship with Mr Buswell on Sunday - after the writ was served.