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Barnett Flees From Marinus Questions


Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 22 June 2023

Tags: TasNetworks, Marinus Link

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

There are many questions of Energy Minister Guy Barnett about his multi-billion dollar Marinus Link proposal, but he doesn’t have the spine or integrity to answer them.

Under questioning in Parliament today, the Minister faced a barrage of scrutiny about why the Chair of Marinus Link has resigned, after less than a year in the job. Instead of providing answers, the Minister could only muster inane talking points before beating a hasty retreat from the lectern.
 
Guy Barnett loves to don high vis and talk about the billions of taxpayers’ money he’s planning to spend on Marinus Link, but under the spotlight he flees. Why can’t the Minister answer simple questions about such a basic matter?
 
If Marinus Link were to go ahead it would take billions of public dollars to construct and run, so it’s not controversial to say Tasmanians deserve to know the basic details. Despite this, we’ve had no real information from the Rockliff Government or the opaque agency they’ve created to manage this multi-billion dollar undertaking.
 
There’s genuine widespread discontent about this enormously expensive project and the impact it would have on our environment, communities, level of state debt, and ultimately the flow-on costs to everyday Tasmanians. If the Liberals keep up their secretive approach, these concerns will only grow.