Andrews’ MIA on transparency, accountability & public consultation

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

MEMBERS STATEMENTS

Infrastructure projects

Mr WELLS (Rowville) — This statement condemns the Andrews Labor government for its complete hypocrisy on the issue of transparency, consultation and accountability when it comes to proposed infrastructure projects. In opposition, and now in government, state Labor has deceitfully criticised the coalition for not releasing the full details of the business case for projects such as the east–west link and has espoused a holier‑than‑thou position in relation to consultation and the public release of information regarding projects.

On 4 May last year Treasurer Pallas stated on the Neil Mitchell program about the business case:

We can’t keep it hidden, like the previous government did.

In Parliament on 21 August 2013, Premier Andrews, then opposition leader, criticised the east–west link, stating:

As I have said, there is no business case … There is no business case other than a short form business case …

Yet now we have the Andrews government bullying local communities along the Dandenong railway line into accepting its seriously flawed sky rail proposal — a project for which a business case has not been presented to the public, a project that has clearly failed in relation to proper public consultation and a project that is being rammed through in a process that totally lacks any decency, transparency or accountability. Sky rail fails on every count against Labor’s own criteria for project assessment, yet it is not just sky rail that has no business case. The Melbourne Metro rail project, all level crossing removals, Mernda rail, the port of Melbourne lease — —

The ACTING SPEAKER (Ms Halfpenny) — Order! The member’s time has expired.