Senate Inquiry Postponed Amid Accusations of Bias and Flawed Invitations

Senate Inquiry Postponed Amid Accusations of Bias and Flawed Invitations

Today was to be the next sitting of the Special Senate Inquiry.  The event, however, was postponed with no reason for this second delay in the investigative process.  Love News did receive a copy of a letter to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Eddie Webster, from Portico’s David Gegg who was one of the people who were to show up to testify today.  The letter essentially points out to the clerk that the delivery of his invitation to appear before the Senate Inquiry was flawed in several ways, and that due to this he was unable to prepare for today’s hearing.  According to Gegg, the letter, which was delivered on Monday, was addressed to his late father, Edgar Gegg, which did not urge him to open the envelope.  He added that by the time he opened the document, it was Tuesday night.  In addition to all this, however, Gegg is accusing the inquiry’s Chair, Senator Janelle Chanona of showing a clear bias towards Waterloo when she failed to counter, contradict, or respond to a June 8, 2023, letter from Waterloo. The Ashcroft-owned company’s CEO, Stuart Howard, had written to Chanona calling out Oceana for speaking out boldly against Waterloo’s proposed cruise tourism port, while not saying anything about the Portico’s Port of Magical project. Howard further alleged that double standards were at play and stated, quote, “I hope I am mistaken. In any event, basic fair play requires that the environmental NGO community be not only fair but equally objective and relentless in its oversight and advocacy in relation to all development that could endanger the environment. Your silence, senator, is deafening.” End of quote. Gegg says that he is concerned that Chanona did not officially reply to the letter. With that line of thought, Gegg noted in his letter to Chanona, quote, “I will not subject myself to questioning from anyone who to me is or appears to be biased.”  End of quote.  Gegg further noted that he remains willing to appear before the Senate Inquiry with several conditions, including that Chanona recuses herself from the proceedings.

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