Ripon MP, Louise Staley, says Daniel Andrews owes regional Victoria an apology after ripping $723 million away from them.
During the negotiation of the Port of Melbourne sale in 2016, Daniel Andrews promised to spend 10 percent of the $9.7 billion profit on new transport infrastructure projects in regional Victoria.
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 Government stepped in to deliver this amount for regional rail in Victoria instead.
Member for Ripon, Louise Staley said Daniel Andrews must apologise for ripping off regional Victorians to the tune of $723 million.
“Daniel Andrews has been busted ripping off regional and rural Victoria; he owes regional Victorians an explanation and an apology”. Ms Staley said
“This funding was clearly set aside for new transport projects in regional Victoria; this is a slap in the face to all regional Victorians”.
“Daniel Andrews’ word counts for nothing; he is shamelessly ripping away $723 million from regional Victoria to cover his funding problems in Melbourne.”
Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien said it is 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.”