Fer­gu­son says sorry for mis­take

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

GIV­ING an in­cor­rect an­swer to a ques­tion in state par­lia­ment had been an hon­est mis­take, In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Michael Fer­gu­son has told MPs.

In state par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, Mr Fer­gu­son apol­o­gised for the er­ror.

Ear­lier this month, he told par­lia­ment no out­side con­sul­tants had been used to pro­duce the Gov­ern­ment’s 30-year in­fra­struc­ture plan.

It was later re­vealed that the Gov­ern­ment had spent $93,000 on two con­sul­tants to as­sist with the plan’s pre­lim­i­nary stages and op­po­si­tion par­ties de­manded an apol­ogy.

Mr Fer­gu­son said he had an hon­est but mis­taken be­lief.

“I un­der­stand that there was con­sult­ing work to sup­port the 30-year strat­egy in its de­vel­op­ment phase.

“Madam Speaker, I wrongly be­lieved the work was all done by In­fra­struc­ture Tas­ma­nia. Mine was an hon­est mis­take.

“How­ever, I apol­o­gise to the house. I cor­rected the public record through the me­dia as soon as I be­came aware and un­der­took to cor­rect this par­lia­men­tary to record at my first op­por­tu­nity.”

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