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Auditor-General’s Report Confirms Liberals’ TasWater Farce

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

The Auditor-General’s report into TasWater confirms what we knew - TasWater inherited a large amount of work to be done over a short period of time, but progress has been significant.

In its findings, the report confirms the Liberals’ plans for TasWater are purely political. Their glee in every unfortunate negative event in totally inappropriate, and not backed up by the infrastructure reality.

2017/18 Budget: No answers, No substance

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Treasurer’s responses in Budget Estimates today were basically limited to pleas to just trust him.

On the TasWater takeover, the Treasurer disagreed with claims that the accelerated schedule could not be achieved and that the takeover might be unlawful, but provided no evidence to back up his view.

To support these claims he repeatedly argued he had come to that view, without providing any detail of what rationale or evidence had led him there. 

Property Council’s TasWater Push Poll

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

The Property Council of Tasmania’s push poll appears to have been designed to back up the State Government takeover of TasWater.  This style of polling, phrasing statements as questions, leads the respondent to the answer desired by the author, in this instance the Property Council.

The ReachTEL poll’s introductory questions pointed to performance measures which had no context provided, followed by the question of whether or not it was good enough.

Liberals Ignore Councils on TasWater

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

Today’s Local Government Association of Tasmania meeting on the government takeover of TasWater was a forgone conclusion.  The Liberal Government’s mind was already made up.

Treasurer and Local Government Minister, Peter Gutwein’s authoritarian attitude towards councils in his political quest is unbelievable.  He ignored TasWater’s pleas for funding and Greens’ questioning on the shocking state of Tasmania’s water and sewerage infrastructure for years, before making his snap decision to take over TasWater.

Courtney’s Water Fail

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson 

Tasmania’s ailing water and sewerage infrastructure needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. The Liberals’ reckless and politicised handling of the matter, however, is almost beyond belief.

Sarah Courtney’s wild claims about household water and sewerage bills, and TasWater itself, don’t seem to be based on anything grounded in fact.

Miles Hampton, Chair of TasWater, has made it clear Ms Courtney’s claims are very questionable.

TasWater Confirms Liberal Water Politicking

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

Today's comments from TasWater confirm the Liberals' cynical politicking on the State's water and sewerage infrastructure.

Until last week, Peter Gutwein dismissed any issues raised over the provision of water and sewerage services as Local Government's problem. 

These issues clearly weren't even raised by the Minister until the Liberals' political stunt last week.

To construct a so-called "emergency" is irresponsible.

Gutwein Bullying Councils on Water

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

Minister Gutwein's options to councils for the funding of water and sewerage upgrades are cynical and politically motivated.  

Mr Gutwein has ignored the serious state of Tasmania's water and sewerage infrastructure for almost 3 years.  That it's taken him this long to come up with a handful of politicised dot points is unacceptable.

Liberals' Water and Sewerage Petition Sham

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

The Liberals' petition "to councils" on the State's water and sewerage infrastructure, launched yesterday, is a sham.

The Liberal Party's petition is nothing more than a political stunt, which won't do a thing resolve Tasmania's decades-long water issues.  TasWater have begun addressing the State's boil water alerts, the only parties yet do a thing are the State and Federal Liberal Governments.

Water and Sewerage Mess Needs Action, Not Blame-Shifting

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

Tasmanians have every reason to feel disappointed with the Local Government Minister's nothing-announcement that he plans to meet with councils over ongoing water and sewerage issues later this week.

The State's ailing water and sewerage infrastructure needs real action and leadership to clean up the mess, not just talk and blame-shifting.  


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