Chief environmental regulator resigns

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The resignation of the Deputy Chief Executive of the Office of Environment and Heritage, Greg Sullivan is a massive blow to embattled Environment Minister Robyn Parker, Shadow Minister for Environment, Luke Foley said today.

As head of the Environment Protection and Regulation Group, Mr Sullivan was responsible for the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), which led the investigation into the Orica chemical leaks.

"Greg Sullivan was the man charged with leading the investigation into the Orica chemical leaks and his advice to Environment Minister, Robyn Parker will be missed," Mr Foley said.

"Ministerial staff and ministerial colleagues are all distancing themselves from Ms Parker and her woeful record.

"Mr Sullivan dutifully supported the Environment Minister at numerous press conferences and Budget estimates hearings … but it was clearly time for him to move on.

“It is obvious Robyn Parker doesn’t know the first thing about her portfolio.

"The O'Farrell Government has now been forced into a search for a new Chief Environmental Regulator. Now is the perfect time to appoint a new Environment Minister.

"Robyn Parker is the Environment Minister who claimed 'logging protects koalas' and didn’t even know the name of the Orica managing director. She is clearly out of her depth."