Controversial Reports Set To Be Released
The documents will be released Friday, after a sensational censure motion.
The NSW government's reports into controversial reforms to sporting stadiums will be released on Friday, after the party's leader in the state parliament was threatened with suspension when he refused to table the documents.
The Liberal leader in the upper house, Don Harwin, was sensationally censured on Tuesday after a vote in the chamber saw one member of the government, Matthew Mason-Cox, cross the floor and vote with the opposition.
The censure motion related to the government's refusal to release reports into the controversial stadium rebuild plan -- which would see two major stadiums knocked down and rebuilt, at a cost of billions -- as well as a report into the case for moving the popular Powerhouse Museum from the Sydney CBD to Parramatta, and the Tune report into child protection services.
Previous votes for the government to release the reports already passed the parliament, but were ignored, as the government claimed they were confidential cabinet documents. The vote to censure Harwin got up 21-20, and Harwin was compelled to produce the three reports by 9.30am on Wednesday. He faced suspension from the chamber if the documents order was refused.
That time came and went, however, and no reports were forthcoming. Instead, later on Wednesday, Harwin informed the upper house that the documents would be produced by 5pm on Friday. Labor MPs called it a "total backdown".
The Berejiklian government's controversial plan to knock down and rebuild the Sydney Football Stadium and the ANZ Stadium at Homebush has come under immense criticism, with a huge public petition calling on the proposal to be scrapped. The Labor opposition has even turned it into an election slogan, saying they would fund hospitals and schools over stadiums.