Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Solid Energy refuses request for Don Elder to meet with MPs

Clayton Cosgrove
SOE Spokesperson

6 March 2013

Solid Energy refuses request for Don Elder to appear before MPs

Solid Energy has refused Labour’s request for former chief executive Don Elder to appear before the Commerce Select Committee tomorrow, despite him still being on the payroll, Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says.

Last week Clayton Cosgrove wrote to Solid Energy’s new chairman Mark Ford and interim chief executive Garry Diack requesting that former CE Don Elder appear before the Commerce Select Committee as part of the 2011/12 Financial Review Hearing of Solid Energy on Thursday 7 March.

Today Solid Energy has responded simply by saying, ‘given that Dr Elder resigned from the role of CEO, it is no longer appropriate for him to represent the company, so he will not be appearing at Select Committee’.

Clayton Cosgrove says: “Solid Energy say it’s not ‘appropriate’ for Dr Elder to appear before MPs. It wasn’t appropriate for Solid Energy to lose $389 million through mismanagement and lack of oversight and taxpayers who are footing the bill have a right to an explanation from the man in charge not his proxies who weren’t there at the time.

“Everyone involved in the collapse of Solid Energy is running down burrows. Tony Ryall and Bill English won’t answer straight questions on it and Don Elder and the former chairman John Palmer are nowhere to be found.

“Tony Ryall himself says Don Elder is still on the payroll in a transitional role. Explaining what went wrong sounds exactly what someone in a transitional role should do. Solid Energy should be prepared to front up with Dr Elder.

“Solid Energy has gone from an export award-winning company bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars to the taxpayer to a basket case. Ordinary Kiwis deserve to know what happened, who is responsible and who should be held to account. Other than the ministers Don Elder is the only person who can provide that information.

“No one attending the select committee tomorrow took the decisions that led to Solid Energy’s collapse. The attendees are the new chair, the new interim chief executive, the chief financial officer and the company’s chief spin doctor. They will not be able to offer a detailed insight or explanation about how Solid Energy went from being worth $1.7 billion a year ago to absolutely nothing now.

“There are $389 million reasons why Kiwis deserve an explanation. Ministers and Solid Energy have to front up and Dr Elder must be present,” says Clayton Cosgrove.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news