Canberra Community Voters Party lead candidate for Ginninderra, Geoff Kettle, says that the ACT Auditor General’s Report into Certain Land Development Agency Acquisitions is so damning that the key players need to resign immediately.
“This report is explosive and I call for the immediate resignation of the Chief Minister who has particular responsibility for the actions of this authority. The LDA is the key agency within Mr Barr’s portfolio, one he has used to drive his personal agenda, irrespective of community views.” Mr Kettle said.
“Further, the Board and Director General of the LDA also need to resign because, as is outlined in the report, ‘Transparency, accountability and rigour have been lacking in the processes used by the Land Development Agency for acquiring the three sites and two associated businesses considered in this audit. Without these the integrity and probity of the acquisition processes cannot be demonstrated.
Although the acquisitions were few, and comparatively small in financial value compared with many of the Land Development Agency’s other transactions, given the significance of the findings an independent audit of other activities of the Land Development Agency seems prudent.’”
“The findings of this report also echo the contents of a letter from an anonymous, ‘disillusioned employee’ of the LDA that was leaked to me this week.
This letter has also been sent to the Chief Minister and others and I have arranged for a copy to be sent to the ACT Auditor-General for her ongoing investigations. It’s obvious to me from the letter that there has been an endemic abuse of process in the LDA for some time.” Mr Kettle said.
“In my past work I have witnessed this kind of unorthodox procurement and lack of transparent scrutiny and I moved to address it. The Chief Minister, the Board and the Director General need to go now! I also commend the Auditor General on her insistence of a ‘broader audit on the LDA’”.
“One way to stop a repeat of this behaviour is to elect me to promote the principles of good governance, to ensure openness and transparency is upheld and to support the establishment of an ACT Independent Commission Against Corruption” Mr Kettle concluded.
You can contact our convener Richard Farmer at 0450 735918
6 Lads Place, Dunlop ACT 2615
Authorised by Richard Farmer on behalf of Canberra Community Voters