Government trying to avoid scrutiny over Orica leak


The Labor Opposition has called on the O'Farrell Government to release Brendan O'Reilly's report into the Orica toxic chemical leak tomorrow – instead of sneakily releasing it on a Friday before a long weekend to avoid scrutiny.

Environment Minister Robyn Parker's office drafted the terms of reference for the Orica inquiry – which conveniently exclude investigating why the Minister sat on Stockton health warnings for 54 hours following the chemical leak.

"The O'Farrell Government needs to bring forward releasing the report into the Orica chemical leak in the interests of public scrutiny and transparency," Shadow Environment Minister, Luke Foley said.

"The O'Farrell Government is clearly releasing the Orica report on a Friday before the long weekend to avoid media scrutiny. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book."

Mr Foley challenged the embattled Environment Minister to finally hold a media conference with the NSW parliamentary press galley to face up to her handling of the Orica leak.

"Robyn Parker hasn’t held a press conference in Sydney since August 25 when she ran away from tough questions on Orica – she must front up to the media and release this report on Thursday," Mr Foley said.

"Robyn Parker's office drafted the terms of reference for the Orica inquiry so it would deliberately avoid investigating her failure to warn Stockton residents about the chemical leak for 54 hours.

"The O'Farrell Government has let the people of Stockton down once again by allowing Robyn Parker to draft the terms of reference for an inquiry investigating her own conduct."