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.