There are plenty of reasons for South Australians to be concerned about the Marshall Government’s response to the Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission, writes Tom Richardson – and they’re not all about David Speirs.
Environment Minister David Speirs will today face the first “no confidence” motion of the current parliamentary term, as Labor lashes the embattled frontbencher for the third day running.
The Marshall Government’s claims that embattled Environment Minister David Speirs was denied “procedural fairness” are undermined by letters he sent both the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission and a separate Productivity Commission inquiry, opposing any new strategy for recovering 450 gigalitres of environmental flows under the basin plan.
Labor has today ramped up its pursuit of embattled Environment Minister David Speirs, bombarding his southern suburbs electorate with propaganda criticising his performance on water security as state parliament opened amid a cacophony of controversy that saw five Opposition frontbenchers evicted in the first hour.
Anti-corruption commissioner Bruce Lander will make a last-ditch bid to persuade parliament not to pass a Bill allowing public maladministration hearings, with both the Government and Opposition seeking changes he argues will make the legislation unworkable.
An embattled rookie minister and contentious budget cuts will be in a the sights of a Labor Opposition buoyed by by-election success when parliament resumes tomorrow, writes Tom Richardson.