Po­lit­i­cal game

Mercury (Hobart) - - TALKING POINT -

com­mer­cially. Mr Gutwein wants to do to TasWater what he does to other GBEs — raid them to prop up his Bud­get. Raid­ing bank ac­counts of gov­ern­ment busi­nesses is the or­der of the day.

What Mr Gutwein wants to do is play cyn­i­cal pol­i­tics with the wa­ter qual­ity of Tas­ma­nia.

He pro­poses in his draft law be­ing able to or­der spend­ing on projects such as re­mov­ing a fa­cil­ity at Mac­quarie Point, fix­ing a sim­i­lar is­sue for Mona and in­dulging some in Launce­s­ton with other sec­ond or­der projects.

If he has to run up huge amounts of debt to do it, then so be it.

Oh and one last thing. Mr Gutwein should stop in­sult­ing the bil­lions of peo­ple who live in the de­vel­op­ing world and en­dure every day with poor wa­ter qual­ity or no potable wa­ter at all.

Mr Gutwein is wrong when he says Tas­ma­nia’s wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture and sup­ply is in cri­sis. A cri­sis does not ex­ist here and to say it does is to er­ro­neously com­pare it to the de­vel­op­ing world.

The Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil should not re­ward Mr Gutwein’s ques­tion­able con­duct and his ir­re­spon­si­ble fis­cal fol­lies.

It should keep Mr Hamp­ton and his team in charge.

They have proven coura­geous in the face of the crit­i­cism flung by Mr Gutwein and his cronies and they have per­formed ad­mirably in fix­ing Tas­ma­nian wa­ter sup­ply. Bar­ris­ter Greg Barns is a Ho­bart­based hu­man rights lawyer. He was pre­vi­ously an ad­viser to state and fed­eral Lib­eral gov­ern­ments.

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