State-wide blackout requires immediate independent inquiry

The state-wide blackout that plunged South Australia into chaos and put lives at risk yesterday should be the subject of an immediate independent inquiry.

The unprecedented blackout occurred mid-afternoon during storm conditions which continued across the state during the night.

“South Australians are angry and so am I,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“It’s unacceptable that our entire state was plunged into darkness after a few major power lines were knocked over.

“An independent investigation into this crisis must commence immediately.

“The State Government must explain exactly what happened and why there wasn’t a backup.

“In November last year the Weatherill Government said a 100,000 person blackout was a one in one thousand year event and in July this year they said a power price crisis was a perfect storm.

“What will the State Government’s excuse be this time?

“South Australians pay the highest power prices in the nation and yesterday we were left in darkness.

“The situation that occurred yesterday was totally unacceptable and we need to ensure it does not happen again.”

The independent inquiry into the unprecedented state-wide blackout should investigate, amongst other matters, the lack of baseload power generation in South Australia.

Mr Marshall also encouraged people to check on their neighbours following the blackout and storm conditions.