Image for BASSLINK: Sunny Groom’s holiday as Basslink fried. Mr Brooks ... resigns ...

*Pic: Adam Brooks, from the Liberals’ website: See comments ...

Watch Mr Brooks stumble, Mercury website HERE

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*Pic: From Matthew Groom’s website: http://www.matthewgroom.com.au/

Well, that is not a good look ... State Growth Minister Matthew Groom decided to go on holiday three days after Basslink broke ...

Reminds me of the time his leader Will decided to go to the Launceston Cup, see Bruce Springsteen, and stay to watch Buddy Franklin in Adelaide rather than attend to boring state business ( TT HERE ).

Of course it appears Matthew did not wish anyone to know ... because it took Right to Information documents obtained by the Greens to reveal the truth.

As Greens Leader Cassy O’Connor says ...

“While nobody begrudges the Minister spending time with his family over the break, he was clearly missing in action for more than two weeks after the cable went down and did not have his first sit down meeting with a major industrial until more than a month after the cable failed.

“The Minister’s office made every effort to avoid having to provide details of the Minister’s movements after Basslink’s failure, taking 78 days to provide a response to the Greens’ RTI request and then providing a jumbled schedule with multiple redactions and no detail.  A Minister’s diary should be a publicly accessible document. 

“We lodged the Right to Information request because we wanted to understand why the Minister’s response to the crisis was so sluggish.  He fronted the media, and therefore the people, two days after the cable failed and then disappeared from public view.

“It is staggering that Mr Groom waited for more than a month to meet a representative from one of the State’s major employers, given the significant impact of the crisis on the bottom line of companies like Bell Bay Aluminium and Norske Skog. 

“Heavily redacted although it is, the schedule of the Minister’s diary tells a worrying story of a Minister who failed to understand the seriousness of the Basslink breakdown, left all the hard work and planning to Hydro Tasmania, left major industrial power users in the dark for weeks and let Tasmanians believe there was no crisis.

“In doing so, Matthew Groom let the whole State down.”

Absolutely!

I cannot believe how self-interested and grasping are our ‘leaders’: ABC: Tasmanian MPs get 10.5pc pay rise after move to block it fails in Upper House

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

BASSLINK: Tasmania’s power crisis, includes links to all earlier TT Basslink stories ...