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Cronulla Fisheries workers call on O’Farrell to act

21 November 2012

Cronulla Fisheries workers will rally outside NSW Parliament at 1.00 pm Wednesday, November 21st, 2012.

The workers are protesting against the failure of Premier O'Farrell to respond to the report and recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the decision to close Cronulla Fisheries Centre of Excellence.

The damning report made thirteen recommendations including "That the NSW Government reverse the decision to close the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre of Excellence and not proceed with the closure".

"The report and its recommendations were unequivocal. The decision was made without stakeholder participation, without a business case and without an economic appraisal. On October 25, Premier O'Farrell said he would read the report on the plane to India and respond when he returned to Australia. He needs to tell these workers that he will intervene and overturn poor decision making", said PSA assistant general secretary, Shane O'Brien. The rally will focus on the need for NSW Government accountability in decision making.

"The Director General of Trade and Investment admitted to the inquiry that the cost benefit analysis on which the Government relied had only been completed on the day of his appearance before the inquiry. This was 12 months and two days after they made the decision" Mr O'Brien said.

"The findings and recommendations were accepted by Liberal, Labor, Green and Christian Democrat committee members. The people of NSW were promised a new government with higher standards in March last year. Mr O'Farrell's decision on Cronulla will demonstrate whether that is the case, or if it's just more of the same with a new party logo", Mr O'Brien said.

Mr O'Brien said while workers at Cronulla feel vindicated by the report, its findings and its recommendations, they wanted to see action to overturn the decision.

Contact Details
Shane O'Brien, Assistant General Secretary
Ph:  02 9220 0900

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