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Small businesses demand Clipsal answers of Bignell in Parliament

The State Liberals and the small businesses who were left out of pocket by the Weatherill Government’s dodgy Clipsal contract will be demanding answers in the Parliamentary Tourism Budget Estimates Committee today.

Minister Bignell will be questioned by the State Liberals having failed to release a statement or front the media on this issue to date.

Given Minister Bignell and the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) have had weeks to prepare for this Committee since the dodgy Clipsal contract was exposed, it would be completely unacceptable if the Minister and his agency were not fully prepared to answer the Opposition’s questions.

“The affected small South Australian businesses deserve answers from Minister Bignell, who as the Minister, is ultimately accountable,” said Shadow Minister for Tourism David Ridgway.

“Minister Bignell’s lack of accountability by remaining silent so far is completely unacceptable.

“The Opposition, along with the small business sub-contractors, are expecting full, frank and detailed answers to the questions that we have been asking of the Weatherill Government for weeks now.”

To date the SATC has attempted to wipe their hands of this debacle, stating that the small businesses were wrong to rely on the Weatherill Government’s due diligence and should have conducted their own.

“Amongst other things, we want answers around the Weatherill Government’s due diligence process and how they could have got it so wrong,” said Mr Ridgway.

“For a company to enter external administration just 5 months into a 6 year State Government contract raises a host of questions about the Government’s processes and if they were followed.

“The small South Australian businesses who have been left high and dry by this dodgy Clipsal contract deserve answers, anything less from Minister Bignell today will be a complete failure of his Ministerial accountability.”

What: Estimates Committee A, Parliament House

Who: Minister Bignell and the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC)

When: Tuesday 2 August at 1:15pm