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ENERGY MINISTER MATTHEW GROOM, TREASURER PETER GUTWEIN TO FRONT INQUIRY

08-08-2016
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Energy Minister Matthew Groom and Treasurer Peter Gutwein have said that they will front a parliamentary committee investigating Tasmania’s energy crisis.

Last week, both men withdrew from the inquiry claiming the escalation in the legal dispute between Hydro Tasmania was to blame.

On 936 ABC Hobart, Mr Groom said he and Mr Gutwein would appear at the inquiry but did not say when.

"We're going to the inquiry, we're going to appear before the committee and we've made that very clear," he said.

Mr Groom said he was meeting the committee next Monday, August 15, to explain the legal constraints facing the Government.

"Obviously, there are contractual arrangements between Hydro Tasmania and Basslink, what we need to do is make sure we're acting responsibly and in accordance with the advice we've got to protect the interests of the state," he said.

Opposition Leader Bryan Green mentioned that he was suspicious of the Government's actions in relation to the parliamentary inquiry.

"We didn't call for it; we called for an independent inquiry," he said.

"They've set up this committee to effectively protect themselves.

Mr Groom said Mr Green was using the inquiry to attack his credibility, accusing him of ducking the very inquiry his Government set up.

"I think Bryan Green is acting very irresponsibly with this," he said.

 

Original Article: ABC 

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