A question raised by Labor in Parliament has revealed a dramatic change in direction over a plan to build the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels.
Labor infrastructure spokesman Shane Broad on Wednesday referred to a story published by The Advocate on July 15 where Infrastructure Minister Michael Ferguson said TT-Line were in conversation with Finnish shipbuilder RMC on construction of the new ships.
The next day, Premier Peter Gutwein announced the government had instructed the company to not follow through with the contract and that a taskforce would be established to investigate how the ships could be built domestically.
Dr Broad asked Mr Ferguson whether he had either been kept out of discussions over the new ships or if he had deliberately misled the newspaper and its readers.
Mr Ferguson responded by saying Mr Gutwein and himself, as shareholder ministers, were engaged in a frequent and regular basis in the lead-up to the announcement.
“Everything that sits on the record is truthful and we stand by it,” he said.