INTERMODAL | Second audit on the way

SITE: Moorebank Logistics Park. Picture: Qube
SITE: Moorebank Logistics Park. Picture: Qube

Federal Werriwa MP Anne Stanley has welcomed the announcement by the AustralianNational Audit Office that it’s launching a second probe into the Moorebank Intermodal Company.

'FINANCIAL QUERIES': "The first audit revealed that the project isn’t doing its due diligence in ensuring costs are minimised." Anne Stanley, federal Werriwa MP.

'FINANCIAL QUERIES': "The first audit revealed that the project isn’t doing its due diligence in ensuring costs are minimised." Anne Stanley, federal Werriwa MP.

“This project still has major question marks over its viability,” she said. “The first audit revealed that the project isn’t doing its due diligence in ensuring costs are minimised. If public money is going into the intermodal then the public needs to know that money isn’t being wasted.”

The audit also found that there have been severe protocol breaches and that oversight has been compromised.

“If the Intermodal is to be built, and I’m still not convinced it should, it needs to be done well and the only way the local community can have any confidence is with further investigation and proper transparent processes.”

In 2016, before being elected to Federal Parliament, Ms Stanley called for greater transparency of the development’s environmental and residential effects, and stressed the need for greatly improved road and rail infrastructure.

  • Anne Stanley, Federal Werriwa MP

Moorebank Intermodal Company responds

The Moorebank Intermodal Company has been notified of the Australian National Audit Office’s intention to conduct a performance audit, as is common practice for government business enterprises such as MIC and looks forward to assisting ANAO in the process when it commences.

MIC and its probity advisers are satisfied that the procurement process undertaken gave ample opportunity to test the market and delivered a great deal for the Australian Government.

The commercial and contractual arrangements agreed with SIMTA represent excellent value for money for the Australian Government and taxpayers and completely align with the objectives set by the Government for the project.

MIC does not agree with Ms Stanley’s interpretation of the ANAO report.

  • per Sam Deans, Newgate Communications, for Moorebank Intermodal Company

Residents Against Intermodal Development respond

'CONTEMPT': "Politically appointed bureaucrats are showing contempt for taxpayers." Erik Rakowski, of RAID.

'CONTEMPT': "Politically appointed bureaucrats are showing contempt for taxpayers." Erik Rakowski, of RAID.

All up the intermodal is estimated to cost between $6 billion (best case) and $13 billion (likely) to taxpayers, without any proven public good and supply-chain improvement across the road and rail network.

This is just a case of politically appointed bureaucrats showing contempt for hard-earned tax dollars and the taxpayers for whom they work.

Individual professionalism and corporate accountability is crucially important but it should not overshadow or distract from investigating the collective culture of the Moorebank Intermodal Company and government business enterprises generally.

It’s claimed that a second audit is merely routine but this makes light of serious concerns and the many flaws in the project.

We vehemently support Anne Stanley and her call for “further investigation and proper transparent processes”.

However, we strongly suggest Ms Stanley do more. We ask her to sit down with her Senatorial colleagues Doug Cameron, Deborah O’Neill and Jenny McAllister and work with Senator Lee Rhiannon and the cross bench to establish a Parliamentary inquiry.

We also call on Rod Sims and the ACCC to investigate the Moorebank Intermodal Company and the Australian National Audit Office audit report.

Our community looks forward to contributing to the second audit.

  • per Erik Rakowski, secretary, Residents Against Intermodal Development
  • For a copy of RAID’s submission to the ANAO’s first performance audit: info@raidmoorebank.org.
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