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China Deals Clear as Mud

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Tags: China, Transparency

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

The Liberals pontificated all through question time about their 'open for business' motto but still failed to answer questions about deals with Chinese entities or provide the MOUs that accompany them and have been signed in Tasmania's name.

Hurling insults at the Greens for asking for transparency is a standard stalling tactic, but the Tasmanian people still quite rightly expect to know what is being negotiated and signed in their name. 

This is a government that not only has a penchant for secret deals and negotiations, but has the arrogance to think they don't answer to anyone, particularly the Parliament or the people of Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Government are dealing with two Chinese banks, the China Development Bank and the Bank of China, but remain unwilling to release full details.  In fact, apart from single line statements in media releases, there has been no detail on these agreements.

It is the same for the agreement between Hydro China and Hydro Tasmania that reportedly will see the state hold a minority share in Hydro's consulting arm, Entura.

No detail, no Memorandum of Understanding laid before the Parliament, despite repeated requests from the Greens.

These may be great deals that bring significant benefit to Tasmania, but by being so secretive about these agreements, the Liberals in government look like they have something to hide.