Updated December 02, 2015 10:47:47

Tasmanian Opposition Leader Bryan Green and Energy Minister Matthew Groom have traded individual insults over the failed sale approach of Aurora Energy.

The state-owned business’s performance in its very first year as a standalone electricity retailer under new management is getting examined in government organization scrutiny hearings.

The preceding state government transferred the business’s transmission arm to the newly formed TasNetworks and attempted to sell Aurora’s consumer base, but could not find a buyer.

You’ve turn into increasingly bitter and I feel that is a matter of wonderful regret and it doesn’t do you any justice.

Power Minister Matthew Groom

In a fiery exchange, Mr Green accused Mr Groom of making venomous and hateful comments about Aurora when he was in opposition.

“You accused me of botching the whole method when in reality it was the chair and the senior management you have just been so glowing about in your report,” he said.

“Have you looked the chairman in the eye for the language you used about Aurora and the way they conducted themselves throughout that whole approach?”

Mr Groom said he stood by his earlier assessment of the botched sale approach and described Mr Green’s line of questioning as “pathetic”.

“You can engage in your personal attacks,” he stated.

“It is quite clear that you’ve grow to be increasingly bitter.

“You’ve turn out to be increasingly bitter and I consider that is a matter of wonderful regret and it doesn’t do you any justice.”

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Initial posted December 02, 2015 10:43:08

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