DON HARWIN SUSPENDED FROM THE UPPER HOUSE
The Berejiklian Government’s Leader of the Legislative Council, Don Harwin, was last night suspended from the House after being found in contempt of the Parliament.
The Legislative Council had called on the Government to produce the approval paperwork for the $252 million Stronger Communities Fund – Tied Grant Round. No paperwork was produced.
Don Harwin is the first Leader of the Government to be suspended since Michael Egan in 1998.
The Legislative Council voted to 23 to 15 to find Mr Harwin in contempt and suspend him for the rest of the sitting day.
Shadow Minister for Local Government, Greg Warren, said the Government had gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal its role in the misuse of public funds.
“This is why I referred these grants to the Auditor-General.”
“A thick, dark cloud of secrecy is hovering over this Government around their administration of grants schemes, including the Stronger Communities Fund,” Mr Warren said.
“The heart of this issue is transparency and if the Government fails to produce all relevant documents, clearly there is a significant issue that needs to be addressed.
“Governments are elected to serve the public – not their own self-interest.”
The Upper House inquiry into the Integrity, Efficacy and Value for Money of NSW Government Grant Programswill resume on Friday, October 23.