MLA accused of leaking an old report

A story published by the Collie Mail last month has led to a political spat between former energy minister Mike Nahan and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray.

The story showed how an unpublished report from Mr Nahan's office claimed Synergy’s Muja Power Station would close by 2025 due to the high level of renewable energy was false.

A Synergy spokesperson said they had “no plans” to close Muja within the six year time-frame at the time the report re-surfaced. 

Opposition Leader Mr Nahan has slammed the Labor party, suggesting the unpublished report was leaked.

“The selective leaking of a draft report from my time as energy minister is an attempt by Mick Murray to divert attention from his failed plans for Collie," he said. 

The leaked report was an analysis of WA Labor’s policy of a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030. Mr Nahan said Labor discarded the policy after receiving backlash from the Collie community.

“A 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030 would have been a death knell for Collie, yet Mr Murray has been silent on its main proponent Bill Johnston’s return to the Energy portfolio," he said. 

Mr Nahan said the policy was written by Mr Johnston when Labor was in opposition. "He was subsequently dumped from the energy portfolio along with the policy.

Now Mr Johnson has returned to energy and all Mr Murray can do is produce misleading leaks. It’s time Labor stopped trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Collie."

Mr Murray said the unpublished report came straight from Mr Nahan’s office and has not been tabled in parliament, meaning the report has always been in the control of Mr Nahan.

“Mr Nahan has not shared the report with the public or given any information about why he commissioned that report but, after being caught out, he is now trying to justify the report by blaming other people.

Thank goodness there was a change of government. We all remember the $350 million wasted on Muja A+B, which was authorised by Mr Nahan – this money could have been better used on new infrastructure."