Labor ‘secrecy’ lambasted
The Labor State Government has come under fire for secrecy around public access to documents, which the Times understands includes multiple requests for the business case and items related to the Busselton Airport redevelopment.
The WA Nationals criticised the Government for its lack of transparency this week following criticism after Premier Mark McGowan, while in Opposition, pledged to do better than the Barnett Government, which regularly cited commercial confidentiality to thwart access to documents.
Nationals boss Mia Davies said the Premier’s promise of a “gold standard” in transparency was “in tatters”.
The Government had “hidden behind a cloak of secrecy on important regional issues”, she said.
Since May, 2017, Nationals MPs have lodged 37 FOI requests, 10 of which were delayed more than 100 days. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the airport “business case is Cabinet-in-Confidence under the previous government”.
“Releasing the business case may also undermine commercially sensitive information for the City of Busselton,” she said.
“Once negotiations with airlines are complete, we will be happy to release the business case if the Leader of the Opposition and the City of Busselton agree.”
City of Busselton chief executive Mike Archer said the document was controlled by the South West Development Commission.