Minns said he did not recall any staff members or MPs making specific complaints about Secord’s behaviour prior to the current allegations being aired.
“There has potentially been a situation where people have complained about Mr Secord or other members of the parliamentary Labor Party for bad behaviour, perceived bad behaviour, policy differences, argumentative style,” Minns said.
“I can’t specifically recollect them, but I can say with certainty, no one has said ‘I want this dealt with, I want a mediation, I want to make a formal complaint.’ ”
Secord released a statement identifying himself as the subject of anonymous complaints on Friday, acknowledging he could be “too blunt and too direct” and apologising for any offence he had caused.
“If any parliamentary staff members feel that my conduct in the workplace was unprofessional and caused offence or distress and was unacceptable, I unreservedly apologise,” he said.
“I do acknowledge that I can be too blunt and too direct in a fast-paced workplace … I want to be part of repairing the culture in state parliament, and addressing my behaviour as part of that.”
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