Schwarten sits on Public Works probe

15 Feb 2010 3:19 PMJann Stuckey

15 February 2010

Five months after announcing a probe into taxpayer-backed projects caught up in allegations of bid collusion, the Minister for Public Works is still yet to release the results.

Shadow Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey has renewed her call on the Minister to release the probe he has used to justify his claim that all tenders managed by his department in this matter have represented value for money.

“As Labor’s public asset sales program has shown — you can’t trust this Government on its word,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Considering this month’s electoral returns shows that one of the builders, JM Kelly, donated $5000 to the Labor Party last financial year, it is imperative that the probe results are released to answer any outstanding questions.”

Questions were raised in September over $273 million worth of projects linked the three Queensland construction companies, Woollam Constructions, JM Kelly Project Builders and Carmichael Builders.

The Minister announced a probe into State Government contracts involving the builders to investigate if Queensland taxpayers were getting value for money.

“Until we see the results of this probe, how can Queenslander’s believe that any claimed investigation has actually taken place?

“As the Minister knows, until he finally releases the results of this probe Queenslanders will have a lot of unanswered questions about these public works contracts.

“If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, what else can Queenslander’s think?”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919