Ryan may be called to inquiry

Stephen Drill

DEPUTY Premier Peter Ryan could be called before a parliamentary inquiry over his handling of the Fiskville scandal. Brunswick State Labor MP Jane Garrett told the Herald Sun she would move a motion in Parliament this week demanding an inquiry. Ms Garrett said Mr Ryan, who was emergency services minister until a Cabinet reshuffle when Ted Baillieu resigned from the leadership, had questions to answer.

“It’s fair to say that Peter Ryan, who was dumped from his position, has presided over yet another scandal and cover-up,” she said. In a letter dated March 6 this year, Mr Ryan told Ms Garrett that Fiskville “remains a safe site”. But she said she believed documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws showed that was incorrect.

She also questioned how much money had been spent on auditors and consultants into the chemicals at Fiskville, saying that money should have been used to clean up the site. But Les White, a spokesman for Mr Ryan, said Ms Garrett was fearmongering. “WorkSafe has advised yet again today that it is comfortable with training at the Fiskville site, including use of fuels, fire suppression fluids and water,” he said.

“It was Mr Ryan who requested WorkSafe and the EPA become involved in the implementation of recommendations made in the Joy Report in 2012.”

Herald Sun Sunday 5th May 2013