Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson has today said the Minister for Industry Anthony Roberts is very liberal with the truth after claiming the State Government was not invited to appear before the Senate steel inquiry last week.

It is understood the Senate Committee did in fact invite the State Government to appear before the inquiry in Wollongong and to present evidence to the public hearing.

It is understood State Government representatives declined the invitation.

Ministers should be open and honest in their dealings with the public.

Ms Watson will make a request under the State’s Freedom of Information (FOI) laws for the Minister to release all documents in relation to the Senate Committee steel inquiry’s dealing with the State Government.

Quotes attributable to Anna Watson MP:

“Anthony Roberts has been liberally sprinkling about quite a bit of bulldust on this matter today.

“The State Government was indeed invited to attend and present evidence to the Wollongong public hearing of the Senate steel inquiry.  My advice is that State Government representatives declined the Senate inquiry’s invitation.

“This is a very different set of circumstances than the Minister is trying to present for the State Government chickening out of a public hearing of a Senate inquiry into one of the most important industries in the region.

“Ministers should be open and honest in their dealings with the public, including the local media.

“We haven’t forgotten that this Minister stood shoulder to shoulder with the former Federal Minister for Industry promising a ‘big proposal’ for the region during a stakeholder meeting in Wollongong last year.

“We’re still waiting for the ‘big proposal’.

“I’ll now be lodging a request for all documents under freedom of information laws relating to the Senate Committee’s dealings with the State Government on the steel inquiry.”


6 April 2016