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Hydro’s Overseas Operations Still a Mystery

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 28 October 2021

Tags: Hydro Tasmania, Transparency

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

Annual reports are meant to shine a light on the operations of Tasmania’s public entities, but Hydro’s 2021 report fails again to detail anything about their overseas activities.
Hydro has undertaken significant work in international jurisdictions, and owns businesses based in South Africa and India. Hydro has had documented involvement in projects riddled with human rights and environmental issues in, at least, Uganda* and Malaysia**.
Late last, year the Greens uncovered the involvement of Entura – Hydro’s consulting business – since 2016 in projects in 31 countries.*** This year’s annual report points to that number having grown, with a new financial adviser in Kyrgyzstan listed in the Procurement Summary.
Flicking through Hydro’s annual report, however, you’d have barely a clue they’re involved in any operations overseas at all.
Although Hydro may not be legally bound to share information about their international work with the Tasmanian people, in the interests of transparency they absolutely should. The company is, after all, a publicly-owned company that’s supposed to be working in our best interests. If there’s any involvement in nefarious human rights or environmental projects, we have a right to know.
We expect the vast majority of Hydro’s work has been positive and without issue, but given the company’s past misadventures it needs to be as transparent and accountable as possible.