Monday, 15 June 2015
Doorstop - Transcript extracts - East West Link, Metro Rail, Second Container Port
Whichever way you cut
it, Labor’s decision to tear up the East West Link contract has just been a
shocking waste of public money.
Over $400 million in
compensation, at least the same again in sunk costs that will never be
recovered and goodness knows how much on Labor’s new $3.1 billion credit card.
This has been a
financial scandal. Labor promised that the contract wasn’t worth the
paper it was written on; they were wrong. They promised that there would
not be a dollar of compensation paid; they were wrong.
Labor has now wasted
hundreds of millions of dollars of Victorians’ money all to not build a road
and a road that Victorians need.
We’re very concerned
that Labor has failed, absolutely failed to be upfront with Victorians about
the true cost of ripping up the East West Link contract.
That’s why I’ll be
writing to the Auditor-General, Mr John Doyle, asking him to investigate this
matter, get to the bottom of exactly what the cost of Labor ripping up the East
West Link will cost Victorian taxpayers.
government had always said that through asset recycling, asset recycling fund
money would be available for use by a state government for any purpose as long
as it was about new infrastructure. That’s always been on the cards.
I think that the
major problem is that we still haven’t seen a business case for the Melbourne
Metro Rail tunnel. We still haven’t seen a business case for the Western
Distributor. I understand the state government hasn’t even delivered
documents about the Western Distributor to Canberra.
This is a government
which is all about talking and press releases, fluoro vests and hard hats; very
little about shovels in the ground and very little about building infrastructure.
Second Container Port
Having a monopoly is
bad for Victoria. It’s bad for business, it’s bad for jobs, it’s bad for
Labor was promoting a
second container port before the election. They were talking about Bay
West, rather than Hastings. Now what we see is that Labor has brought a
bill into the parliament providing for a long term private monopoly of
Victoria’s only major container port, killing off the prospect for a new
container port for the next 70 years.
That looks to us to
be a very dangerous proposition. We’ll be examining this very closely.
But this wasn’t what Labor promised at the last election and they have no
mandate for this.