Opposition Leader Mia Davies has called for a “forensic audit” of the “clearly dysfunctional” Department of Communities and says a review into its interactions with a Port Hedland mother before she allegedly murdered her three children should be made public. Ms Davies’ scathing comments came after it was revealed the department had launched an inquiry into its involvement with Margaret Hawke and her family before she allegedly killed her 10-year-old daughter, seven-year-old son and five-month-old baby boy last week. Asked if that inquiry should be made public, Ms Davies replied: “Absolutely.” “There needs to be a light shone on that department,” she said on Wednesday. “It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to see the Auditor General actually go in there and do a forensic audit of that department – that mega department that this government created that is clearly dysfunctional and dealing with some of the most vulnerable people in our community. “It’s time that the light was shone into all corners of that significantly large and complex department to make sure that we are actually doing what’s right for the vulnerable people of Western Australia.” Premier Mark McGowan on Wednesday said it was a “very, very sad event — a shocking event”. But he said the case was now before the court and the criminal justice process needed to be respected. “It’s now subject to criminal charges and I know people want us to intervene in certain ways but I do not want to say or do anything that might prejudice a trial,” he said. “So I’d have to get a lot of advice on this before we release anything. We need to let the criminal justice process run its course. “Imagine if we were to release information or say things that is then used in court against the prosecution or by the defence, or against the defence … and everyone would say ‘why did you do that’. “So we just have to be very careful about these matters and there’s a lot of recent examples across Australia that people where people have said and done things publicly that have then prejudiced trials. “I just don’t want to get myself in that position.” Mr McGowan added: “Having said that, it’s a very sad event, obviously a community and family is hurting a lot and we all feel for them.” Ms Hawke appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with three counts of murder and a count of criminal damage by fire over the deaths of her kids, which were discovered by firefighters responding to a house fire at their Anderson Street home. The department has confirmed that the family was “known to the Department of Communities” and that it “immediately commenced a review into its interactions with the family, as is standard with any case of this nature”. “As we must respect that there is a court process underway, we are unable to provide further comment,” a spokeswoman told The West Australian on Tuesday. Shadow health minister Libby Mettam said it was crucial that the investigation was “thorough and transparent”. Police Commissioner Col Blanch said he would work with the department to establish the “exact details” around the contact the welfare agency had with Ms Hawke before the alleged murders. “We are working with the Department of Communities and we have been from the start to have a good understanding,” Mr Blanch told 6PR. “Yes, there was definitely contact, we will say that but as far as the exact details, these are the things we are working through with the Department of Communities at the moment.” Asked if he was satisfied with the level of cooperation being given by the Department, Mr Blanch responded: “We’ve got a long relationship with the Department of Communities”. “I am a huge advocate of information sharing, timely information sharing, real-time information sharing, to make sure we are protecting our community as best as we can,” he said. “I think Government agencies across the board can always improve on information sharing and certainly I want to make sure that police are leading that discussion and we have been to date.” Mr Blanch reiterated that the alleged murders were a “tragic situation for the community of Port Hedland”. “I know the family of the three young kids and also the whole family and community across Western Australia are grieving significantly,” he said. “I’ve got to say, the most important thing for us at the moment is to make sure we’ve got the brief of evidence and the investigation and the forensics right, and also we work with the community to restore the grieving that’s going on in Port Hedland.” It comes as police called out for dash-cam or mobile phone footage of the areas on and between Cemetery Beach, the Spoilbank Marina, Moore Street, Taplin Street, Meiklejohn Street, and Anderson Street in Port Hedland on the day of the alleged murders. Police would like to see footage taken between 2pm and 5pm that day.