In case you missed the front page of today’s Mercury, please read http://www.themercury.com.au/news/politics/cableway-company-gains-approval-to-drill-on-mt-wellington-just-before-state-election-is-called/news-story/87880930dd7d8bf7ec475afce227d9b1
This secret approval for test drilling on the mountain raises serious questions about how development is approved in this state under the Hodgman government.
It also begs several other questions:
Is it OK for a senior government minister of Mr Gutwein’s experience to approve a decision of this magnitude, one day out from his government assuming a caretaker role?
How is it that Premier Hodgman stated that he had no knowledge of the decision? Is it Mr Gutwein acting unilaterally? Why is Mr Hodgman unable to control his deputy?
Why wasn’t there a media release announcing this approval? What’s behind Mr Gutwein’s attempt at secrecy?
What are the chances of a consultative and transparent development approval process in this state if this covert approval is an example of how things will be run if the Liberal Party win another term of government?
I am seriously concerned about the implications of this decision and the manner in which it was executed.