Today in Parliament I asked the Premier the following:
Premier the community have so many concerns about the lack of transparency with your stadium deal and are rightly worried about your lack of clarity around the Project of State Significance process.
Premier will you fulfil your promise to my new cross bench colleagues and commit to amending the State Policies and Projects Act to ensure that both houses of Parliament get the final say?
And will you also amend the Act to ensure that ordinary Tasmanians have the right to judicial review and appeal? After all, it is their money you are spending…
In his answer the Premier appeared to confirm that the legislation would be amended to allow Parliament to have the final say on the Stadium, but completely ignored whether Tasmanians would have the right to judicial review and appeal.
It is a corner stone of our justice system that citizens should have the right of appeal. This is particularly important when the decision relates to the use of strategically important public land and significant public funds.
The Premier needs to front the Tasmanian community and address this now.