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Pleasure Dome business case not in the public interest.

By johnboy - 29 August 2011 14

Liberal leader Zed Seselja has the intriguing news that ACT Treasury won’t be releasing their business case for building a mega office block on London Circuit (to house the apparatus of the ACT Government in the style it believes it should become accustomed to).

ACT Treasury will not release the business case supporting the proposed $432 million office block, or the operational and productivity savings, because it would be ‘contrary to the public interest’ and would ‘confuse public debate’, ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja said today.

“This is an absolutely stunning admission from a Government Department,” Mr Seselja said.

“Not releasing the business case for the ACTs most expensive taxpayer-funded project is one of the biggest contradictions we’ve seen from this government.

“Perhaps even more worryingly, it seems Treasury is trying to prevent negative public debate on the issue which goes completely against the impartial principles under which government departments must operate.

“Treasury has used the excuse that some information in the business cases is outdated, so is therefore not in the public interest. Im sure taxpayers would be willing to overlook this in order to receive the current information, given they’ll be the ones footing the massive bill.

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Pleasure Dome business case not in the public interest.
alaninoz 2:29 pm 30 Aug 11

DermottBanana said :

Alaninoz says it best “without any supporting argument I say this is an obvious lie”.
Let’s all sit around and make assertions based on a complete lack of evidence.
Coz that’s what it’s all about, huh?

And what else can be done when the ACT Treasury won’t provide any evidence?

PantsMan said :

They even fudge the accounting treatments to made capital gains on the superannuation provision account appear a ‘revenue’. Easy $60 million thanks.

I love it! This must make the budget figures look bad when the returns on super are negative. Looks like we’re headed for a big unfunded obligation.

PantsMan 2:11 pm 30 Aug 11

Mysteryman said :

Where is that thread that asks the question about the ACT government being corrupt….?

Total bunch of crooks.

Here: http://the-riotact.com/act-government-corrupt-or-not-corrupt-what-do-you-think-with-poll/52729

That place is so bent the Budget’s pretty much made up. The ‘conservative bias’ varies every year to that we’re inevitably $10-20 million in deficit, but with $50-150 million surpluses predicted into the future. They even fudge the accounting treatments to made capital gains on the superannuation provision account appear a ‘revenue’. Easy $60 million thanks.

PantsMan 2:05 pm 30 Aug 11

The City Hill proposal – where people actually paid money for apartments and shops – did not get over the line, but the Pleasure Dome does? They see themselves as an extension of the Government, so their analysis is pretty likely to skewed. Frankly, I wouldn’t trust ACT Treasury to run a chook raffle.

DermottBanana 12:10 pm 30 Aug 11

Alaninoz says it best “without any supporting argument I say this is an obvious lie”.
Let’s all sit around and make assertions based on a complete lack of evidence.
Coz that’s what it’s all about, huh?

Bluey 12:03 pm 30 Aug 11

Open and honest government doesnt seem to be living up to the promise.

alaninoz 11:55 am 30 Aug 11

Gungahlin Al said :

Surely it is more along the lines of “why would you tell the world what your budget is before going to tender?”

Would be easy enough to excise any budgetary information, but I believe a figure of $432 million has been mentioned.

Gungahlin Al 11:13 am 30 Aug 11

Surely it is more along the lines of “why would you tell the world what your budget is before going to tender?”
Seems like it’s more of a straightforward probity issue. If so, is this just a case of not letting the facts get in the way of a beat-up?

Deref 10:05 am 30 Aug 11

Unbelievable.

Not so much that the gubmint would want to keep informaton out of the public’s hands, but that Treasury is so openly doing their dirty work for them. We expect dishonesty from politicians, but definitely not from the public service.

Mysteryman 9:52 am 30 Aug 11

Where is that thread that asks the question about the ACT government being corrupt….?

Total bunch of crooks.

Thumper 8:14 am 30 Aug 11

Par for course for this government.

Just don’t release anything if there’s any chance of it being contrary to their views.

alaninoz 7:38 am 30 Aug 11

I’m not a great fan of Zed, but he’s got it right this time. To examine some of the quotes:

‘contrary to the public interest’ – without any supporting argument I say this is an obvious lie. The only reason I can see for it not being in the public interest would be if the report contained confidential information, and there is no indication that this is the case. Confidentiality is, in any case, too often used as an excuse for hiding information.

‘confuse public debate’ – how can there be an informed public debate without the cost/benefit analysis?

“Treasury has used the excuse that some information in the business cases is outdated…” – then so is the business case and it should either be updated or not used as the basis for a decision.

LSWCHP 9:33 pm 29 Aug 11

Working in Fyshwick, I’m surrounded by “pleasure domes” as far as the eye can see, so I naturally pounced on this article, expecting it to be about the new you-beaut strip club in Gladstone St.

Imagine my surprise….

I-filed 9:31 pm 29 Aug 11

FreeRange said :

Seselja is such a kill joy. I’m really looking forward to the moat and the drawbridge myself.

Let’s see how much car park privilege is incorporated into the building …

FreeRange 9:20 pm 29 Aug 11

Seselja is such a kill joy. I’m really looking forward to the moat and the drawbridge myself.

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