Arrests at Wonthaggi desalination blockade

Seven protestors have been arrested after blocking an access road to the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant construction site with a caravan. The protesters were demanding that secret files on demonstrators gathered by police and given to Aquasure, the private consortium who owns the site. The protestors also demanded the Brumby Government release a full costing of the desalination plant and how it will affect the price of water. It has been estimated the desal plant, the largest private public partnership in the world, will cost Victorian taxpayers twenty-four billion dollars! The Brumby Government has hidden details of the cost of this financial and environmental disaster behind "commercial confidence" as it effectively privitises Melbourne's water supply and hands it over to multi-national corporations.

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