Thursday, May 8, 2014
Given everything that has been revealed over the last few weeks surely it would be in the public interest that all Barangaroo proceedings are halted and that all processes which led to Crown being granted carte blanche in combination with Lend Lease are reviewed.
The City of Sydney has 'accused the government of having a conflict of interest because it was both the land owner and the assessment authority for Barangaroo' and the City goes on to say in their 'blunt and strongly worded' paper that this 'brings with it significant risks, perceptions of bias and a lack of independent scrutiny of the development assessment.'
I couldn't agree more and I believe that we're entitled to ask our democratically elected representatives 'what the hell is going on?'
I blogged about the web of Barangaroo connections in March 2011 (and now notice that the 'Lend Lease' link with 'Better Place Australia' has been tidied into oblivion).
Reading the countless articles that have filled Australian newspapers and websites for many years on Barangaroo, it would appear that many fingers have been in the Barangaroo pie (although admittedly most of those fingers seem to be on the same hand) ...
Building on Barangaroo debacle
ICAC hearing: former NSW minister Tony Kelly says he did not turn a blind eye to AWH cabinet minute
Australians for Sustainable Development Inc v Minister for Planning, Lend Lease (Millers Point) Pty Ltd and Barangaroo Delivery Authority
Office politics: the $280k deputy who earns more than his boss
Electric car infrastructure coming to Australia - Better Place
The rise and fall of Better Place
Another Keneally sets sights on politics
Better place hits a dead end as CEO Evan Thornley abandons electric dream
A broken place: the spectacular failure of the start-up that was going to change the world
Lend Lease profit falls as Europe, US sales drop
Better Place Australia raises $25 million in first round funding
Keneally plugs into parking pay day
Barangaroo corruption allegations to be investigated
Revealed: national network of dirty deals
Lend Lease has big questions to answer
Barry O'Farrell is backing James Packers' Barangaroo Casino
James Packers' Barangaroo casino gets final approval from NSW government
...in a nutshell Barangaroo is toast.