• Labor’s regional police radio plan full of holes
• Plan falls $40 million short of actual cost
• The Napthine Government has a strategic plan to implement the changes properly
Labor’s plan to replace police radios in regional Victoria is further proof of what an economic disaster Daniel Andrews would be for Victoria.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells said the opposition should be embarrassed by today’s announcement, given the policy has already been costed by Victoria Police for the Government at more than $50 million.
“They are so far off the mark it would be amusing if it weren’t so irresponsible, $10 million would not even be enough to pay for the radios,” Mr Wells said.
“In contrast, the Napthine Government has a strategic plan in place to implement these changes responsibly.
“To say that Labor have drastically under-costed it is an understatement.”
Mr Wells said although the system was a complex one that requires significant changes to the IT infrastructure for all emergency services agencies across Victoria, the Napthine Government has been working with Victoria Police and Treasury to make sure there was a properly costed plan in place.
“We have already made a substantial contribution to strengthening communications for our emergency services, delivering the $66 million CFA regional radio dispatch service earlier this year,” Mr Wells said.
“Labor seem to think that they can simply buy a few radios and everything will change.
“It’s another example of a botched and mishandled policy. Labor simply cannot be trusted with money or the implementation of any sort of IT change.
“They made a mess of the LEAP system police database which we are still trying to clean up, and they underfunded and underscoped a variety of other IT upgrades including Ultranet, The Royal Children’s Hospital IT system, Centitex and VicRoads licensing.”
“The bottom line is, Labor cannot be trusted,” Mr Wells said.
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