Premier Jay Weatherill needs to sack Ian Hunter from Cabinet and take control of the response to the environmental disaster that has engulfed the people of Port Augusta.
“Minister Hunter’s woeful handling of the Port Augusta pollution crisis is the final straw in a ministerial career littered with abject failures of policy and procedure,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“Minister Hunter has presided over the Clovelly Park contamination crisis, SA Water’s failed pipe maintenance program, abused government ministers in a disgusting manner in a public restaurant and has now failed the people of Port Augusta.
“I was shocked and disappointed by Minister Hunter’s angry confrontation with the people of Port Augusta yesterday. “Minister Hunter’s rant at the people of Port Augusta yesterday makes it completely untenable for him to remain the person responsible for fixing up the mess.
“At each turn Minister Hunter has failed to stand up for the people directly affected by a Weatherill Government failure.
“The people exposed to TCE during the Clovelly Park contamination crisis only learnt of the danger they faced after the matter was raised in State Parliament by the Liberal Party.
“Minister Hunter withheld this critical information from the people of Clovelly Park whilst a media strategy was being devised to minimise the political damage to the Weatherill Government.
“Families whose homes in Paradise and Campbelltown were flooded as a result of a maintenance failure by SA Water were shocked by Minister Hunter’s initial denials of responsibility.
“Minister Hunter was more interested in avoiding responsibility than compensating people whose homes had been flooded by SA Water.
“This pattern of appalling treatment of ordinary South Australians in difficult circumstances makes the Minister completely unfit to handle the current situation in Port Augusta.
“Jay Weatherill needs to take responsibility for the mess his Minister has created and take control of the environmental disaster in Port Augusta.”