What is Bligh Hiding with Shelved Desal Inquiry?

3 Feb 2012 12:10 PMJann Stuckey

3 February 2012

Jann Stuckey MP, Member for Currumbin has again raised questions over the shelving of the former Public Works Committee inquiry into the idle $1.2 billion desalination plant at Tugun.

“An inquiry by the Public Works Committee into the Tugun Desalination Plant commenced in April 2008, but was put on hold when an election was called in February 2009,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Here we are on the eve of another election and the inquiry into the desalination plant still has not been completed.

“The Public Works Committee was to examine and report on aspects of the project such as value for money, suitability of the work for its purpose, cost and recurrent costs, and the impact of the work on the community, economy and environment.

“A two day parliamentary hearing was held in August 2008, was recorded in Hansard and contained some damning evidence against the Government.

“Following my calls in June 2010 for the Committee to re-activate the inquiry, the former committee Chairman, the Member for Ipswich West, said the investigation was ‘ongoing’.

“However, it was never finalised and no further progress was reported. It literally fell off the radar.

“Just what is Anna Bligh hiding from us?

“The Premier might not want to hear the inquiry findings but residents in Tugun and Currumbin certainly do.

“They are the ones who had to put up with the dirt, dust, noise and disruption to their lives, not to mention the damage to their homes and streets, during the construction and operation of the desal plant.

“We are talking about $1.2 billion of taxpayer’s money that was spent on a plant that is now sitting idle.

“I call on the Premier to explain to Queenslanders why this inquiry was never completed.

“The Bligh Government must be held accountable.