Daniel Andrews simply lies to regional Victoria when it comes to money.
Premier for Melbourne Daniel Andrews owes regional Victoria $723 million – and a massive apology.
When the Port of Melbourne lease deal was negotiated in 2016, Daniel Andrews promised to invest 10 per cent of the $9.7 billion profit in new transport infrastructure projects in regional Victoria.
Today it has been confirmed Daniel Andrews has dudded Regional Victoria to the tune of $723 million.
Under questioning in a Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing, Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance David Martine admitted the last budget acquittal for the Port of Melbourne lease proceeds was wrong.
$288 million of the proceeds have instead been used on “periodic maintenance” of existing regional rail – not new projects - while a further $435 million has been spent elsewhere because the Federal Liberal Nationals Government stepped in to deliver this
amount for regional rail in Victoria instead.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh:
“The Premier for Melbourne has again been caught red handed ripping off regional and rural Victoria.
“The Port was built off the back of country Victoria’s industries but now we hear Daniel Andrews has not kept his word to spend at least $970 million of these lease proceeds on new transport infrastructure for our regional communities.
“This is another disgraceful show of contempt for country Victoria from Daniel Andrews and his Labor mates.”
Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien:
“It’s clear Daniel Andrews is the Premier for Melbourne only and couldn’t care less for regional Victoria.
“Daniel Andrews lied to regional Victorians as he yet again duds them out of funding they were promised and deserve.
“It’s pretty obvious Daniel Andrews thinks Victoria stops at the end of Melbourne’s tram tracks.”