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Crown Land Fire Sale on the Cards

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Tags: Privatisation, Public Assets, Crown Land

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader 

State Growth Minister, Matthew Groom, confirmed by omission in Question Time today that the Office of the Coordinator General has sought and obtained a list of Crown Land properties that can be made available to private developers.

The Minister did not, as requested, make available the list of Crown Lands the Coordinator General is, in all likelihood, currently flashing around the private development fraternity.

Minister Groom also did not acknowledge that these assets belong to the Tasmanian people.

With a, no-doubt substantial, list of Crown Lands now in his hands, is the Coordinator General engaging in a process of 'solicited bids' rather than unsolicited proposals for private developers wanting public assets?

After last week misleading Parliament over property transfers involving the TasTAFE building in Hobart and the Hunter Street Art School, the Minister continues to be evasive about the privatisation of public assets happening through his Office of the Coordinator General.

In Greens' Private Members' Time today, we will call on the Hodgman Government to engage with the owners of these properties - the Tasmanian people - through a proper consultation process before any decision is made to sell or give away valuable public assets.