LIA FINOCCHIARO MLA
LEADER of the Opposition
Leader of the Opposition
Gunner Government arrogance continues with refusal to answer Opposition written questions during required time frame
he Gunner Government is once again using the COVID-19 crisis as an excuse to suppress transparency and scrutiny, this time refusing to answer 736 questions from the Opposition to Government portfolio Ministers on agency administration during the required time frame, Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said today.
“After Parliament was suspended indefinitely in late April, with no budget, no estimates and no ability to scrutinise the books, the Opposition decided to submit specific questions to the Gunner Government about the operations, spending and activities of its agencies. With question time in Parliament shut down and the Government hiding behind COVID-19 as an excuse for just about everything, the Opposition had no other choice,” Mrs Finocchiaro said.
“Now the Chief Minister has shut down the only avenue of transparency left, rejecting our request to provide answers to the questions during the required time frame, of course citing COVID-19 as an excuse.
“Unfortunately, this is just another untrustworthy move that erodes confidence in the Government as it continues to hide away from scrutiny and being accountable to Territorians.
“The Chief Minister won’t provide budget data, he shuts down Parliament and he refuses to answer questions. This is democracy under the Gunner Government. A total disregard for democratic process and accountability, as the Territory suffers.
“The questions asked are straightforward including staff number breakdown, travel, procurement, marketing as well as spending on hospitality and events.
“The only good news is that there’s now 100 days until Territorians have the opportunity to get rid of the Gunner Government and replace it with a Government that is focused on jobs, safety and opportunity,” Mrs Finocchiaro concluded.