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Jay fiddles as Dam bursts

Aug 24, 2012

Isobel Redmond MP

Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for the Arts, Multicultural Affairs and ICAC

Jay fiddles as Dam bursts

Premier Weatherill must accept responsibility for his role in the failed Olympic Dam expansion.

Despite spruiking the mine’s expansion as the panacea to South Australia’s economic woes, the Premier failed to undertake the necessary action to give the project the best chance of proceeding.

Premier Weatherill consistently opposed a proposed Productivity Commission inquiry into construction costs which was reccommended at COAG.

BHP Billiton cited the need to “..develop a less capital intensive option to replace the underground mine at Olympic Dam..” as a reason to postpone the project.

Instead of an inquiry from the independent Productivity Commission Premier Weatherill opted for an inquiry conducted by a panel.

“The question for Premier Weatherill is twofold, is it the case he opposed a Productivity Commission inquiry into construction costs and will the Premier guarantee he will not nominate to the panel an apparatchik whose loyalties are to the ALP or Construction Unions?” Liberal Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond said.

“Premier Weatherill failed to lobby the Gillard Labor Government on the risk posed to big capital mining projects by the toxic Carbon and Mining Taxes.

“Premier Weatherill failed to address the issue of construction costs with a Productivity Commission inquiry despite the urging of fellow Premiers.

“Premier Weatherill failed to develop a ‘Plan B’ for the State’s future in the event the mining project did not go ahead.

“The Weatherill Labor Government was happy to claim the Olympic Dam expansion as the crowning achievement of an otherwise wasteful decade of government.

“Now they want South Australians to believe its failure is all BHP Billiton’s fault.

“It is time Premier Weatherill took responsibility for the gamble he took with South Australia’s future.

“A Redmond Liberal Government will do everything it can not only to assist BHP with its future projects in South Australia, but to create an economic environment where industries, such as mining, can feel confident to expand and invest in our great state.”



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