Transmission Gully PPP discussed in Parliament

Yesterday in Parliament Julie Anne Genter asked Bill English about the PPP that is going to be used for Transmission Gully. I think the thing I am most concerned about from the answers is just how little he appears to know about the deal, something you would think he would have a good understanding of due to being the minister of finance.

6 comments to Transmission Gully PPP discussed in Parliament

  • Chris Randal

    Bill English knows very little about anything except how to rort the system.

  • Is it just me or did Bill English get totally owned by Julie Anne Genter right there. Great sequence of supplementary questions and points of order.

  • Dave

    Less than 2 yearsow till our next chance to get rid of this incompetent govt. But how much more damage will they do in this time?

  • Pretty much all of her questions and the responses follow this formula:
    – important question
    – blustery non-response
    – awesome supplementary question or tabling of document showing blustery non-response to be rubbish
    – blustery non-response
    – optional ad-hominem attack on Greens
    – repeat prev 3 steps until someone objects to a document being tabled.

    It’s just disappointing that the question time structure doesn’t force the pol who’s just been schooled to do anything material as penance.

  • Doc

    It is a little strange to quote the figure of $3.6 Billion as the value of the loan. That would be like getting a $400k mortgage for your house and then saying that it’s a $1.2M mortgage as that is how much you will end up paying of the 25 years or so.

  • Richard

    Doc is spot on. The reference to a “$3.6 Billion” loan demonstrates that it is Julie Anne Genter who doesn’t know what they are talking about, not Bill English. As for her reference to Australian projects, she is pointing to a very different model to that proposed for Transmission Gully. And her discussion of risk shows she doesn’t know much about project risk either…

    In any event, given the project has not gone to tender yet, there’s no way Bill English can know how exactly much debt will be required…

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