Shadow Minister for Industry, Ryan Smith
The release of Infrastructure Victoria’s 30 year strategy should leave Victorian’s asking – “What is Daniel Andrews’ real agenda?”
Daniel Andrews set up Infrastructure Victoria to “take the politics out of infrastructure”, and to put together a group of experts that would advise on the infrastructure needed for Victoria over the next 30 years.
Despite this, and following the release of the Infrastructure Victoria 30 Year Draft Plan, Daniel Andrews made it clear that he will ignore some of the recommendations of the report.
The report found a desperate need to build East West Link – a need Daniel Andrews has rejected.
The report calls for a rethink of the Melbourne Metro project before more money is wasted – Daniel Andrews refuses to listen.
However, Daniel Andrews has refused to rule out a range of other recommendations that will impose significant costs on Victorians.
The effect of these recommendations will mean that –
– Train fares will rise
– Road tolls will rise
– Land tax will rise
– Health consultations fees will rise
– Water bills will rise
– Rubbish fees will rise
– Park fees will rise
– Rates will rise
– Electricity bills will rise
In addition, Infrastructure Victoria’s recommendation for a transition from brown coal will put further stress on employment in the Latrobe Valley, with hundreds of jobs already set to be lost under Labor’s policy to close Hazelwood.
We may not know what Daniel Andrews’ future plans are, but we do know that Victorians will foot the bill.
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