The two resignation letters released by the minister’s office have been heavily redacted “to protect the privacy of natural persons” and to “protect information which is subject to an obligation of confidence, or which any person has been or could be compelled to provide under the authority of any enactment, where the making available of the information would be likely to prejudice the supply of similar information, or information from the same source, and it is in the public interest that such information should continue to be supplied”.
However, the parts not blacked out show Ms Schimanski and Dr Salis both felt their values did not align with the rest of the board, and therefore that they had no hope of making positive changes by serving on the board.
Both women wrote that they intended to encourage the Pharmacy Council to embrace gender equity, while Dr Salis felt she considered it to be essential that council members were representative of the pharmacy workforce.
In addition, both Ms Schimanski and Dr Salis wrote they could not continue to put themselves and their careers at risk by remaining on the board. Both letters include approximately half a page of material that has been redacted.