PLAN A from the rule book for sidestepping questions at parliamentary hearings is to cite confidentially. The reason it is confidential is also confidential. This is a corollary to Plan A.

Plan B is to use the sub judice rule where a matter might be subject of legal action. Plan B also has corollaries. Canvassing legal options, even a litigant’s thought bubble are covered by Plan B.

Plan A has been used at the current parliamentary Public Accounts Committee hearing into the state’s electricity companies following the Basslink outage.

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John Lawrence, Mercury