6 Mar 2013

Elder won't appear before select committee

6:00 pm on 6 March 2013

The Labour Party has failed in its bid to have former Solid Energy chief executive Don Elder appear before Parliament's commerce select committee on Thursday.

Labour's State-owned Enterprises spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove had written to the company's new chairman Mark Ford and interim chief executive Garry Diack asking that Dr Elder accompany them to the select committee hearing.

But Solid Energy, which is now $389 million in debt, said Dr Elder is no longer chief executive so it is not appropriate for him to represent the company.

Mr Cosgrove said the problem for the committee is that no one attending on behalf of Solid Energy made the decisions that led to its collapse and only Dr Elder can answer questions about what went wrong.