Weatherill and Koutsantonis to be called as witnesses in Parliamentary inquiry

Premier Jay Weatherill and Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis will be called as witnesses in the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Gillman land deal.

Last week ICAC Commissioner Bruce Lander released his report into the matter which found there had been maladministration during the assessment of the deal.

Whilst Mr Lander was able to investigate legal issues such as maladministration and corruption he didn’t consider critical issues such as political accountability and responsibility for this disastrous deal. Issues such as breaches of Ministerial Code of Conduct are the responsibility of the Parliamentary process.

The ICAC report also found that Tom Koutsantonis drove the deal hard and wanted to announce it prior to the 2014 State Election.

“Many South Australians would be very concerned to know that Tom Koutsantonis is the Minister responsible for the ongoing management of the Gillman deal as the Minister for State Development,” said Committee Chair Rob Lucas.

“If Minister Koutsantonis couldn’t see the glaringly obvious problems with the deal that was presented to Government, he is going to struggle with the ongoing management of the project.

“The Parliamentary inquiry would benefit from hearing from the Premier and Minister Koutsantonis given the contradictory statements they have made in the past.

“As the Minister for State Development, Minister Koutsantonis is also in a position to update the Parliament on Adelaide Capital Partner’s (ACP) plans for the site. 

“Minister Koutsantonis has received a project plan for the site from ACP.

“It’s been almost two years since Mr Weatherill and Mr Koutsantonis promised an oil and gas hub and the creation of 6,000-12,000 jobs at Gillman.

“When will these jobs be delivered?”