Premier must sack Robyn Parker

    Posted: Thursday, 17 November 2011 | By: John Robertson

    Premier Barry O'Farrell should sack Minister Robyn Parker immediately for gross incompetence following revelations today that Ms Parker has never spoken to the Head of Orica, Graeme Liebelt, despite repeated attempts by the company to contact her.

    Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Orica, Graeme Liebelt, told a Parliamentary Committee today that he tried to call Robyn Parker on August 15, 16 and 17 – the days following the first Orica leak – but was told the Minister was busy.

    To this day, Minister Parker has never spoken to the Head of Orica.

    "The Premier needs to pick up the phone in India today and sack Robyn Parker immediately," said Opposition Leader John Robertson.

    "The Head of Orica, the man with the power to fix the problems at the Kooragang Island Plant, tried to call Minister Parker three times and was ignored.

    "He was told she was too busy to talk – and to this day they have never spoken.

    "It's no wonder the Minister couldn't remember Graeme Liebelt's name last week – it's clear now they have never met.

    "There is no excuse for that sort of negligence.

    "The job of a Minister is to take responsibility for protecting the community and from day one Robyn Parker has failed to live up to that standard.

    "It is still unclear why Robyn Parker withheld information from the community for 54 hours about a potentially hazardous toxic chemical leak from the Kooragang Island Orica Plant.

    "When a second major gas leak occurred on November 9, Minister Parker again failed to front the media until almost 24 hours after the leak had occurred.

    "Now we know that Robyn Parker has never spoken to the one person who could have prevented a second leak, and protected the Stockton community – Graeme Liebelt.

    "The Minister has been negligent in her duties and must be immediately stood down."

    Tags: Barry O'Farrell, chemicals, environment, health, John Robertson, Luke Foley, Mayfield, pollution, Robyn Parker, Stockton

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