Public confidence in the corruption watchdog is at risk of being eroded by a "tardy" approach in responding to the Parliamentary Inspector and delays answering people seeking information about investigations into allegations of misconduct by public officers, former judge Michael Murray has warned.
Mr Murray, sworn in as Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission in January, also criticised the CCC and WA Police for delays in reviewing complaints about internal misconduct investigations.
In his first annual report since his appointment, tabled in State Parliament yesterday, Mr Murray raised concerns about the "circuitous characteristics" of the legislation that deals with misconduct complaints referred to the CCC which can make it "inefficient and costly".
He also complained about the offices of the Parliamentary Inspector, which he said undermined its independence by being within the Department of the Attorney-General, were too small and did not allow sensitive records to be properly and safely stored.
Mr Murray, a former Supreme Court judge, said problems about the adequacy of CCC action in response to complaints about police internal misconduct investigations included "unacceptable delays" by police in producing information the CCC requested and "poor communication" by both agencies with complainants.
He said he had no reason to question the co-operation of the CCC with his office, but his concerns were about "tardiness generally". "One of the effects of these consequences is the erosion of public confidence in the commission and its procedures," Mr Murray said.
A CCC spokeswoman said the matters in the annual report had been raised previously and dealt with some months ago.Attorney-General Michael Mischin said the Government was considering amending legislation to address the inspector's concerns.