Some interesting ’take aways’ from this article from the Age.
“AusNet Services argued during the trial that its spending on safety was ‘‘constrained’’ by both a regulatory obligation focused on price and reliability and the demands of its shareholders to achieve a good return on investment.”
THEIR SPENDING ON SAFETY WAS CONSTRAINED?
Does this make you feel safe? Knowing this company will potentially construct and maintain the WVTNP? Putting profits over people’s lives is not acceptable.
Lead plaintiff Carol Matthews, who lost her son and family home in the Kilmore fire, said she was offended by the company’s attitude.
‘‘I find it unthinkable that the primary concern of SP AusNet was not for the survivors and the 119 lives that were lost, but purely to try and reduce their liability regarding the fire that was completely preventable,’’ she said.
Even in the most dire of circumstances, AusNet were unable to show compassion and empathy.
‘‘The lack of accountability and transparency from these foreign government-owned electricity suppliers is a real issue,’’ said ETU state secretary Troy Gray.
We have to ask….
Have Ausnet learnt nothing from their past mistakes?
How can the government be comfortable to allow this project to continue in the hands of a company with such an atrocious history.