Treasurer’s Sergeant Schulz defense comes unstuck

Liberal Spokesman Stephan Knoll has labelled the Treasurer’s statement on the potential privatisation of SA Water as implausible as there are multiple ways that the Treasurer could and should have been told about these reports.

The Advertiser reported yesterday that:

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the study was undertaken without his permission or knowledge….. (The Advertiser 05/09/2016)

“It has been practice since at least 2007 for the Minister to have a representative on the SA Water board,” said Mr Knoll.

“For the Treasurer to now suggest that he didn’t know what the board was doing shows that at best he was being misinformed by the board (and his representative on it) or at worst he is not being honest with South Australians because he has something to hide.”

In 2015 the Minister’s representative to the SA Water Board was present at all but two monthly meetings. The two reports entitled Alternative Business Models and Disaggregation and Outsourcing were completed in December 2014 and March 2015 respectively.

“The Minister had his own representative present at the board meetings directly around and after these reports were finished. They were obviously discussed so how was the Minister not informed that this work was being undertaken?” asked Mr Knoll.

12/02/2015 Darren Jones, Treasurer’s Representative present 12/03/2015 Andrew Cadd, Treasurer’s Representative present 9/04/2015 Darren Jones, Treasurer’s Representative present 14/05/2015 Darren Jones, Treasurer’s Representative present 11/06/2015 Darren Jones, Treasurer’s Representative apologies 9/07/2015 Darren Jones, Treasurer’s Representative present 13/08/2015 Darren Jones, Treasurer’s Representative apologies 4/09/2015 Darren Jones, Treasurer’s Representative present 8/10/2015 Darren Jones, Treasurer’s Representative present 12/11/2015 Monique Barns, Treasurer’s Representative present 10/12/2015 Monique Barns, Treasurer’s Representative present