Senate vote condemns dam secrecy in Queensland

Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath has slammed Federal Labor for refusing to support a parliamentary inquiry into the failed Paradise Dam in Queensland.

Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath has slammed Federal Labor for refusing to support a parliamentary inquiry into the failed Paradise Dam in Queensland.

“For all their talk about integrity this week, Federal Labor voted against a motion in the Senate calling on the Queensland Government to be upfront about why they released 105,000 megalitres of water from the Paradise Dam during the middle of a drought,” Senator McGrath said.

“This motion, supported by the local Federal Member Keith Pitt, calls on Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Queensland Government to release the technical reports that led to the decision to release water from the Paradise Dam.

“Instead of supporting this motion, Federal Labor voted to condone the secrecy that surrounds the release of precious water during the middle of a severe drought.

“This is the greatest infrastructure fail in Australian history - a dam that was built just 14 years ago, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, is now about as useful as a chocolate teapot on Bourbong Street in the middle of summer.

“We’ve got a state Labor government in Queensland that is not only refusing to build dams, but it is also emptying the ones we do have with no explanation.

“Federal Labor might not be interested in finding out what the problems are with this dam, how these issues occurred, or what can be done to fix it, but I can assure Queenslanders that my federal colleagues and I, together with the LNP in Queensland, will continue to demand answers. 

 “The families, farmers and businesses in the Wide Bay region deserve answers, Queensland taxpayers deserve answers, and Federal Labor should be ashamed for stonewalling on such an important issue, particularly during a time of severe drought.

“I call on the Queensland Government to release the reports and come clean about the cause of this massive infrastructure fail.