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John Langoulant will lead the state government's commission of inquiry. Photo: Attila Csaszar

McGowan probes Barnett government spending

Perth businessman John Langoulant has been appointed to lead the state government’s commission of inquiry into the Barnett government’s spending on 26 projects over the past eight years.

Mr Langoulant, who was also Western Australia’s under-treasurer from 1995 to 2004, will head the special inquiry and produce a final report by the end of October, investigating projects such as the Muja power station refurbishment, IT cost overruns at the Fiona Stanley Hospital, and the long-delayed Perth Children’s Hospital.

The terms of reference for the inquiry, which were released by Premier Mark McGowan and Treasurer Ben Wyatt today, will seek to shine a light on the decision-making processes, risks, and contract terms of the 26 projects, as well as recommending safeguards for future projects.

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