The Liberal government’s attempt to restrict Government Business Enterprise Committee hearings (GBEs), is a ludicrous and unprecedented attempt to hide from scrutiny, Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.
“This bizarre attempt to prevent the committee examining Hydro Tasmania to ask questions pertaining to long term business plans, makes a mockery of these scrutiny hearings,” Mr Booth said.
“These Committees have an obligation to the taxpayer to scrutinise both the last twelve months, as well as examine the forward projections and business plans for each company.”
“The Chair of Hydro Tasmania actually mentioned a ten-year and twenty year business plan, and the Annual Report also looks forward. But under this bizarre new rule the Liberals attempted to shutdown any examination of long term projections.”
“These state-owned businesses are also meant to be operating at arms length of the government of the day, and they should have detailed business plans that span periods of government. Attempting to limit scrutiny is meaningless and inappropriate.”
“This is either another example of the Liberals’ trainer wheels’ falling off due to incompetence, or it is another demonstration of this government’s contempt of Parliament out of control,” Mr Booth said.