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Witnesses pulled from Public Works Committee

Mar 20, 2013

Martin Hamilton-Smith MP
Shadow Minister for Economic and Regional Development

Michael Pengilly MP
Member for Finniss

Witnesses pulled from Public Works Committee

Key witnesses before Parliament’s Public Works Committee due to give evidence to support a $16.5 million spend on Wayville Railway Station project were pulled away at the last minute to attend a media event with the Premier, undermining the project’s approval.

“It is disappointing that the key witnesses Mr Rod Hook CEO of Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and Ms Emma Thomas Deputy CE were denied to the Committee to attend a media event with the Premier,” Liberal Committee Member Martin Hamilton-Smith said.

“I’ve raised this matter today with the Speaker in Parliament as a potential breach of standing orders and a possible contempt of the Parliament.

“To do its work the Parliament’s Public Works Committee must have access to the senior witnesses who have broad knowledge of each project at senior levels.

“Clearly the Government’s media agenda, in this case at the Convention Centre, is more important to them than making sure that taxpayers’ money is well invested,” said Mr Hamilton-Smith.

“The fact that the Committee was told at the last moment that key witnesses would not be appearing is particularly disappointing,” said Mr Pengilly.

“This is a secretive government. The new hospital was not sent to the Public Works Committee and due process is being disregarded by the current Premier.”



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