More doubts on flood inquiry

Revelations a Bligh Labor Government Minister and senior bureaucrats will be forced to provide new statements to the flood inquiry cast further doubts over how Wivenhoe Dam was managed during the floods and who knew what and when, the State Opposition said today.

Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said the reports about how the dam was managed during the floods and who knew what and when were getting murkier by the day.

“Every day brings forward new allegations of mismanagement or attempted cover-ups, with Water Minister Stephen Robertson now facing fresh questions over his involvement,” he said.

“Last year Stephen Robertson had to be dragged kicking and screaming to provide Government documents to the flood inquiry.

“Then he was slammed in the interim flood inquiry report for a series of failures including not providing a written record to support his decision to ‘park’ the reduction of dam levels and not clearing up the confusion amongst water agencies over dam levels.

“Today we learn Mr Robertson’s office actively suppressed the release of important information about the size of the flood and flow rates.

“All Queenslanders are entitled to see what Mr Robertson has to say for himself in his new statement to the flood inquiry, and whether he will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

“Anna Bligh consistently talks about ‘no stone being left unturned’, meanwhile her Ministers continue to stonewall.”

Mr Nicholls said Stephen Robertson’s Ministerial career had been littered with failures, while the Premier stood by and did nothing about it.

“As Health Minister, Stephen Robertson presided over the Torres Strait nurses’ accommodation scandal which culminated in a nurse being sexually assaulted and a doctored report being presented to Parliament,” Mr Nicholls said.

“The health payroll fiasco had its genesis when Stephen Robertson was at the helm, while all Queenslanders are paying the price of Stephen Robertson and Labor’s bungled electricity and water reforms.

“Labor thought they could allow Stephen Robertson to retire and sail off into the sunset and Queenslanders would forget about his litany of failures but he remains one of the poster boys of this tired, 20 year old Labor Government’s incompetence and deceit.

“It’s time for a change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track.”

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