Water Minister Harriet Shing has once again been caught out denying the involvement of her, or her office, in the delaying of a Melbourne Water inquiry, despite emails obtained under FOI showing otherwise.
In Question Time, Minister Shing denied any involvement from herself, or her office, claiming to have been sworn in as Minister for Water at 5.30pm on 14 December 2022, despite having been the Minister for Water since June 2022.
It is clear that the Minister has been caught interfering in an independent body and is now coming up with any excuse she can to avoid taking responsibility.
Shadow Minister for Water, Tim McCurdy, said that Victorians were sick of hearing the same feeble lies from the Minister.
“Victorians deserve better from this Government. They deserve to have independent bodies remain free from the interference of a government trying to ensure a favourable outcome,” Mr McCurdy said.
“This is another example of the Government trying to sweep the bad news stories under the carpet.
“The Minister cannot continue to deny the involvement of her, or her staff, when there is proof showing direct involvement.”
Shadow Special Minister for State, David Davis, said that Minister Shing continues to mislead Victorians.
“This is the third day in a row where the Minister is relying on deceit to try and dig her way out of this situation,” Mr Davis said.
“These are damning revelations, and for the Minister to treat Question Time, and Parliament, with such contempt, is a disgrace.”
“This will not go away until the truth comes out and those responsible are held to account.”