Schwarten called to release Public Works probe

20 January 2010

The Bligh Labor Government must reveal the results of the promised probe into taxpayer-backed projects caught up in allegations of bid collusion.

LNP spokeswoman for Public Works Jann Stuckey said Minister Schwarten needed to release the results of the probe, announced in September 2009, even if it contradicted his claim that all of the projects were good value for taxpayers.

“We are talking about at least 92 projects around the state where Bligh and the Labor Government may have been duped into paying too much,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Queenslanders have a right to know if they have been fleeced and it is time that the Minister released the results of the promised probe. 

Ms Stuckey said more than $273 million in projects had been linked to the three Queensland construction companies, Woollam Constructions, JM Kelly Project Builders and Carmichael Builders, that were investigated over the accusations of bid collusion.

“Mr Schwarten was all too eager to claim in early November that ‘all tenders managed by the Department of Public Works represent a value for money outcome for taxpayers’* but we are yet to see any proof.

“He should not hide behind the actions of the Federal Court and delay the release of this probe.

“The Minister is accountable to the people of Queensland.  He needs to confirm that his department has responsibly spent taxpayer’s money and I challenge him to do so.”

Media Contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919

* Source – QON 1409 – 2009