Saturday, January 15, 2011

Kristina Keneally's power enquiry block goes to State Parliament's Jubilee Room

Andrew Clennell, Gemma Jones and Kate Sikora January 14, 2011 12:00AM

THIS is where the power inquiry Kristina Keneally tried to block will be heard - State Parliament's Jubilee Room.
Yesterday the room was empty. When hearings start on Monday, it might as well be.
Legislative Council President Amanda Fazio is expected to block attempts to force the appearance of eight former directors of power companies who resigned in disgust at the Government's rushed sale, neutering the inquiry.
The inquiry begins with Premier Keneally and Treasurer Eric Roozendaal to answer MPs' questions on the $5.3 billion power sale Mr Roozendaal rushed through. On Monday morning, the committee will meet and National Party MP Trevor Khan, Liberal Greg Pearce and Greens MP John Kaye will move to summons the former directors.
It will then be up to committee chair Fred Nile's casting vote against Labor MPs to approve the summons.