O’Sullivan calls out Daniel Andrews over missing $723 million

The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan MP has condemned the Andrews Labor Government in Parliament this week for breaking its promise that $970 million of the proceeds of the Port of Melbourne lease would be spent on new transport infrastructure for regional Victoria.

When the lease deal was struck for the Port of Melbourne in 2016, Daniel Andrews promised that 10 per cent of the $9.7 billion proceeds would be used for new transport infrastructure projects in regional Victoria.

“The Andrews Labor Government guaranteed that no less than 10 per cent of the proceeds of the sale of the Port of Melbourne, totalling more than $970 million, would go towards funding new transport infrastructure for regional communities.

“But $723 million of the promised money has not been delivered.” Mr O’Sullivan said.

Mr O’Sullivan moved a motion for debate in the Parliament which will provide the opportunity to tease out the Andrews Government’s failure to commit to spending the proceeds in regional Victoria and not on projects in Melbourne.

“Between Daniel Andrews, Jaala Pulford and Luke Donnellan, the promise of $970 million towards regional transport infrastructure projects has been made numerous times.

“Daniel Andrews went around publically patting himself on the back for pledging that money to regional communities and Jaala Pulford stood up in Parliament talking about how regional Victoria is a ‘major winner’ from the Port of Melbourne lease.

“They have lied and have again shown that they don’t care about regional communities.

“It’s another huge broken promise from the city-centric Labor Government with $723 million still missing from regional infrastructure projects.” Mr O’Sullivan said.

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