Premier Ball says the report, done in 2013, only came to him yesterday. He says former CEO Ed Martin did not make it public or share it with upper management. He can’t understand why, as the report foreshadows cost overruns and delays, as well as protests by indigenous groups.
He says government will do everything in its power to keep rates as low as possible, but rates will rise significantly.
As for an inquiry or review, Ball says yes but not right now. Government wants to keep the project’s momentum going and an inquiry could take up to two years and cause further delays.