Retiring independent MP Liz Constable has criticised Colin Barnett for suspending Parliament early and delaying until May the release of a report into the sexualisation of WA children.

Commissioner for Children and Young People Michelle Scott was asked in October by her oversight committee to investigate the emerging problem and was to report last Friday.

But the report, which could trigger changes to laws governing billboards and minors advertising "sexualised products", cannot be released by the committee on schedule this month because its work has been suspended.

The Premier asked Governor Malcolm McCusker to prorogue both houses of Parliament on December 14, terminating all business and preventing standing committees from meeting or doing work.

Dr Constable, who was chair- woman of the oversight committee but spoke to _The West Australian _as the member for Churchlands, said Mr Barnett had prorogued Parliament early by historical standards.

"I think it's a pity. I know the Commissioner takes this as a serious issue which she's done some work on," she said.

"I don't think it was necessary to prorogue Parliament so early."

Dr Constable said the committee had requested Ms Scott to report by Friday to allow plenty of time before the prorogation of Parliament, which usually coincided with the issuing of election writs, scheduled for February 6.

She predicted it would be May before Parliament was recalled and the re-formed committee could release the report.

Committee deputy chairman, retiring Bassendean MP Martin Whitely, accused Mr Barnett of suspending Parliament to shut a committee inquiry into alleged corruption at Peel Health Campus.

The Government has ordered an inquiry into the hospital but it will not be completed before the March election and the Opposition says its scope is too narrow.

"I don't think Barnett was scared of the Commissioner's report but I definitely think he was scared of Peel Health Campus and it's an outrage he shut Parliament early," Mr Whitely said.

Mr Barnett said Parliament was always due to be prorogued at the end of the year.

"The proroguing of Parliament is a standard process that has nothing to do with the timing of this report," he said.

'I don't think it was necessary to prorogue Parliament so early.'"Independent MP *Liz Constable *

The West Australian

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