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Weatherill’s double standards over Hook sacking

Premier Weatherill’s sacking of Transport and Infrastructure Department CEO, Rod Hook, is a case of double standards at its finest.

Mr Weatherill failed to sack – or even discipline – his senior advisers, Simon Blewett and Jadynne Harvey, over their failure to notify him of sexual misconduct at a western suburbs school.

However, Mr Weatherill has sacked Mr Hook after building South Australia for 12 years.

“Mr Weatherill must explain to South Australians why he has sacked Mr Hook for no apparent reason, but refused to sack Mr Blewett and Mr Harvey,” said Shadow Education Minister David Pisoni.

“This is a case of double standards at its finest.

“You can’t have one standard for department staff and then a completely different standard for ministerial advisers.

“Mr Weatherill’s decision to sack Mr Hook has also plunged the Transport and Infrastructure Department into chaos and will leave L-Plate Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Stephen Mullighan, to be supported by an L-Plate CEO.

“It’s incredible to think that Mr Weatherill refused to sack two of his close advisers after Justice Debelle’s damning assessment of Mr Blewett and Mr Harvey, and their failure to advise then Education Minister Jay Weatherill of sexual misconduct at a western suburbs school.

“Yet we now have a situation where Rod Hook has surprisingly been axed by Mr Weatherill with two years left on his contract.

“South Australians deserve an explanation from Mr Weatherill and Labor.”