Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Transcript of doorstop, Port of Melbourne Lease
bill introduced by Labor to sell off the Port of Melbourne raises really
significant concerns for the Opposition. It appears to be involving a 50 year
lease which kills off any prospect for a second container port for Melbourne for
half a century.
We also have serious
concerns about the competence of this Government to deal with public assets.
Victorians remember Myki, they remember Desal, they remember Daniel Andrews was
the Minister in charge of selling of poker machine licenses and he managed to
lose $3 billion in the deal with additional court cases still
We will scrutinise this
bill very carefully indeed. There are some very concerning signs that the
Government has got this wrong and we will use Parliamentary processes to
scrutinise what this Government is proposing because we will stand up for the
interest of Victorians, not for a quick and botched process that is merely to
satisfy Labor’s political interests over Victorians financial interests.
We understand that they’ve announced
there will be a 50 year lease for the Port of Melbourne and there will be
compensation payable to the lease holder if another container port is developed.
So effectively Labor is saying for a quick dollar now, kill off any second
container port for this state for the next 50 years. We don’t believe that
represent good policy.
[The Minister for
Ports] told PAEC that Melbourne would need another Port in the next 30 years. So
the Ports Minister gave that evidence to PAEC and as a consequence the Minister
for Ports and the Treasurer completely at odds over a growing Melbourne’s need
for a second container port.