Labor candidate for Page Janelle Saffin
Labor candidate for Page Janelle Saffin Contributed

Blaming public servants for CSG bungle ‘not good enough’

LABOR candidate for Page Janelle Saffin believes blaming bureaucrats for spruiking the CSG potential of the Northern Rivers to overseas investors is not good enough.

Ms Saffin said sitting Page MP Kevin Hogan and the Nationals needed to provide local residents with a full and thorough explanation of why NSW has been caught out.

"All we know at the moment is that a NSW Government CD promoting the Northern Rivers area as having 'very good potential' for CSG extraction was distributed at a mining conference in Canada for 20,000 mining investors.

"Even though the Liberal-Nationals have been running the NSW Government for the past five years, they still have tried to blame everyone else for the CD.

"Mr Hogan has assured us that we will all forget about it, so there's no reason to worry. I'm sure that's what he hopes.

"But the people of the North Coast not only have good memories, they are also rightly sceptical of politicians who try to blame bureaucrats when they're caught out."

Ms Saffin said Mr Hogan and the Nationals needed to answer questions including:

1/ How many mining investors were given the CD promoting CSG opportunities on the North Coast?

2/ Why was the CD produced, and how widely has it been distributed?

3/ Who requested the production of the CD?

4/ Did the Minister for Resources or his office approve the CD, or express any concerns about its content before it was distributed to potential investors?

"These CDs must immediately be scrapped, and all mining investors who have received the CDs must be told that they contain false information, " Ms Saffin said.



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