South Australia Shadow Minister for Regional Development Dan van Holst Pellekaan
Cadell Ferry Farce Continues
Victor P Taffa
In response to questioning from Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan, tourism Minister Gago has disclosed to an Estimates Committee that she was not consulted by Transport Minister Conlon regarding the impact the proposed ferry closure would have on the local and South Australian tourism industries.
This is in direct conflict with the Weatherill Labor Government’s own Cabinet rules, once again highlighting a Government in disarray at the expense of all South Australians.
“This issue has been handled sloppily by the Weatherill Labor Government from start to finish and the decision must be reversed.” Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan said.
“No public consultation was undertaken and now we discover there was no internal consultation with the Minister responsible for one of the Riverland’s most important income earning industries tourism.”
Minister Gago also told the committee she had not been approached by anyone in the tourism industry expressing concerns about the impact of the ferry closure on tourism however four days earlier a letter was sent to her by the Chairperson of the Riverland’s peak tourism body, ‘Destination Riverland’, expressing grave concerns for tourism.
“Minister Gago must explain why she got it so wrong.” Mr. van Holst Pellekaan said.
“Was she covering up? Or does she have no idea what’s going on in her own department?”
“Premier Weatherill must step in and take action to reverse the decision to close the Cadell ferry.” Mr. van Holst Pellekaan said.
“He must take charge of this mess and fulfil his Government’s commitment to undertake a full regional impact study before deciding whether to close the ferry or not.”
“Premier Weatherill cannot continue to be absent on this issue, his ministers are in disarray his commitment to transparent and consultative Government is in tatters.”
“The Cadell community deserves better. The State of South Australia deserves better.” Mr. van Holst Pellekaan said.