Water Utilities Minister Stephen Robertson speaks to the media outside the flood inquiry.
Water Utilities Minister Stephen Robertson speaks to the media outside the flood inquiry. Daniel Hurst

Minister missed report discrepancies

WATER Utilities Minister Stephen Robertson has told the flood inquiry he did not notice discrepancies between a briefing note, prepared for him after Brisbane was inundated, and the official Seqwater report from the event.

But Mr Robertson, who today took the stand at the inquiry for a second time, said he would not have been surprised that the details supplied to him immediately after the flood could contain errors.

The inquiry is holding extra hearings to examine claims that Wivenhoe Dam operators may have misled the inquiry about when specific water release strategies were activated in the days before Brisbane and Ipswich flooded.

 

Mr Robertson was questioned for about half an hour and was asked about a briefing note prepared for him ahead of a cabinet meeting on January 17, 2011, four days after the Brisbane River flood peak.

Mr Robertson said he expected the briefing note would have undergone "appropriate quality control" before he received it.

Read more on the Brisbane Times.


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