The State Liberals are demanding Jay Weatherill pulls his taxpayer funded advertising blitz on the proposed solar thermal power station at Port Augusta until the deal is actually done.
“Given SolarReserve is yet to secure finance for the project Jay Weatherill’s advertising campaign verges on misleading and deceptive,” said Deputy State Liberal Leader Vickie Chapman.
“Taxpayer funds shouldn’t be wasted on this type of advertising at anytime, let alone before the contract is signed, sealed and delivered.
“It needs to be remembered that before the last state election the Premier promised 6000 jobs would be delivered at an oil and gas hub at Gillman.
“That deal was declared unlawful and irrational, fell through and today Gillman remains a wasteland.
“The Weatherill Government has a bad habit of rushing out to announce projects before the projects are secured.
“I know Jay Weatherill is desperate to latch onto any piece of good news to deflect from his government’s abject failure on energy policy.
“The State Liberals have long advocated for a solar thermal power station to be built near Port Augusta and welcome the State Government’s announcement that it will partner with the Federal Government to enable its construction.
“There is too much doubt regarding the delivery of the Weatherill Government’s chaotic energy plan to justify a public information campaign.
“The $110 million to hire diesel generators for just 13 months is the only firm figure to have emerged regarding the cost of Jay Weatherill’s chaotic energy plan.”