Thursday 24 September, 2020

UNC ‘treasonous’ in call for Aussie probe into procurement of vessels

Government is condemning what it describes as “ridiculous” attempts by the country’s Opposition to mislead Australian authorities and the population of Trinidad and Tobago on the procurement of marine vessels from Australia.

Former transport minister Devant Maharaj wrote to Australian Attorney General Christian Porter almost two weeks ago requesting a probe into the T&T Government’s procurement of vessels from INCAT and Austal in Australia.

Maharaj’s request was subsequently sent on to Aus­tralian Fed­er­al Po­lice for their con­sid­er­a­tion. 

In a statement issued by Communications Minister Stuart Young on Sunday, Government said it will not be bothered by “he say she say comments” in the media, but added that it will not sit by and allow the Opposition to act irresponsibly in spreading conspiracy theories.

“We have been open and informative on these issues all along and will not sit idly by and let the corrupt UNC stain the excellent work that we have done by planting and nurturing conspiracy theories and irresponsible baseless allegations of non-existent wrong doing.

The UNC ridiculous attempts to embroil the Australian Government in a so-called scandal for their local political survival is nothing short of reckless and treasonous.”

Government intends to make a statement on the matter in Parliament at the next sitting of the House.

“We will respond by educating the public on the very real dangers that the UNC poses to the wider national interest of the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” the statement concluded.

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