NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has refused to say when she knew about the real cause of the massive cost increase in the CBD and South East light rail.
The Premier was asked in Parliament today when she was told about the half billion dollar capital cost blowout.
She wouldn’t answer the most important questions – what she knew and when.
NSW Shadow Transport Minister Jodi McKay was prevented from getting an answer about the cost blowout.
Last year the Auditor General reported that information released about the project was “inaccurate.”
In December 2014, then Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian claimed that the cost blowout was due to “huge wins for customers.”
But the Auditor General demonstrated that in October 2014, two months previously, that Transport for NSW had “reported that mispricing and omissions in the business case” caused a $517 million blow out.
During Parliamentary Question Time she’d asked the Premier when she became aware that incompetence and mismanagement caused the blowout.
Premier Berejiklian made no attempt to answer the question – ignoring follow up questions to say when she knew.
Ms McKay said what the Premier knew, and when she knew it, is the key issue in the Government’s cover-up.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay MP
“I had one simple question to the Premier – when did she first know about the mispricing of the CBD and South East light rail?
“Premier Berejiklian continues to show absolute contempt for Parliament and the people of NSW by not telling the truth about the real cause of the cost increase, claiming it was due to customer improvements.
“We now know this to be a lie.
“This is a disgraceful cover up by a desperate Premier that is frantic that we’ll get to the bottom of this.”