Liberal leader David Speirs must sack his Shadow Suicide Prevention Minister Penny Pratt after stunning allegations in the media.
The Advertiser reports Pratt’s former campaign manager Sam Diprose has called on her to resign “over claims his time working on her campaign contributed to his own attempt to take his life”.
Mr Diprose also alleges in the days after his suicide attempt Pratt “deleted messages from his phone so they could not be used as evidence”.
Mr Diprose was working for then Premier Steven Marshall at the time.
Mr Diprose is reported to have detailed his allegations in a letter to Speirs and Pratt.
Speirs and Pratt have so far refused to comment.
In addition to being Shadow Minister for Suicide Prevention, Pratt holds the portfolios of Regional Health Services, Ageing, Preventative Health and Mental Health.
If these allegations are true, it is untenable for her to hold any of these portfolios.
Attributable to Stephen Mullighan
It is clear on the basis of these stunning allegations in the media that Penny Pratt’s position is untenable.
These are very serious allegations from someone who claims their time working for Pratt contributed to a suicide attempt.
How can David Speirs continue to support this person as his Suicide Prevention spokesperson? David Speirs must step in and dismiss Pratt.
Pratt must also front up and respond to these allegations, including explaining her alleged decision to delete text messages on Mr Diprose’s phone.