“Power flows to the most boring man in the room” – Bob Ellis
Labor Appointee to the chair of the board of South-East Queensland Water Board, David Hamill, is chairing a discussion of the Fitzgerald report 30 years on.
On 27 September 2018 the Qld labor government appointed former ALP Member for Ipswich, David Hamill, as SEQ Water chairman. SEQ Water manages S-E Qld dams and other infrastructure that supplies water to 3 million people. Hamill is a director of infrastructure transnational, Brookfield Business Partners, that owns shares in Nuclear Energy companies in Canada. Hamill was chairman of the Board of Directors of Prime Infrastructure, whose parent company Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Limited was declared insolvent in 2009. Prime was bought by Brookfield after Babcock went under. Babcock was a dodgy, high-risk infrastructure company that specialised in tax avoidance.
“Joining forces with established partners at Brookfield Infrastructure enables us to continue to participate in the returns from our current investments, within a larger, more diversified portfolio of high quality infrastructure assets,” said Hon. Dr. David Hamill – News Release on merger of Prime with Brookfield.
David Hamill as Treasurer in the Beattie and Bligh Labor governments sold the Suncorp/Metway bank and corporatised Queensland Rail in preparation for its later sell-off by the Bligh Labor government. Anna Bligh is now CEO of Australian Bankers’ Association. The Labor government sold off Queensland Rail at a time when its revenue could have helped the state’s finances. And Hamill was supposed to be in the Left faction!?