LIBERAL PARTY CHAOS CAPTURED BY BUMBLING SHADOW TREASURER
The chaos within the Victorian Liberals has been in full view today with the Shadow Treasurer publically contradicting himself and the Shadow Transport Minister and Federal Liberal Government on value capture.
In a bumbling press conference, Michael O’Brien criticised Labor for supporting value capture when it comes to our record infrastructure investments like the Metro Tunnel.
In doing so, the political hit has blown up in his face.
Less than 12 months ago, Shadow Transport Minister David Davis unequivocally backed value capture:
“The opposition supports achieving value capture from level crossing removals.”
David Davis, Media Release 15 November 2017
And even more embarrassing for the Shadow Treasurer and leadership wannabe, Mr O’Brien contradicted himself from 2014.
As Treasurer in the previous Liberal Government, Michael O’Brien handed down a budget that stated:
“Victoria is investigating ways to capture the value created by infrastructure projects as an innovative funding solution to deliver priority infrastructure projects.” 2014-15 State Capital Program
And the Federal Liberal Government:
“We are interested in leveraging this spend to attract funding from other sources… and we see value capture as one very important tool to do this.” Paul Fletcher, Federal Liberal Minister, Speech, March 2017
Like the Commonwealth Government, the Shadow Transport Minister, and Mr O’Brien when he last had the job as Treasurer, Labor supports value capture.
The chaos of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government is clearly infecting the Victorian Liberals.
In contrast, Labor will keep delivering for all Victorians – building the Metro Tunnel and removing 75 level crossings.
Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino
“The only thing that has been captured today is the chaos in the Victorian Liberal Party’s campaign, with the Shadow Treasurer not across his own party’s policies.”
“Maybe it’s time the Victorian Liberals finally let Scott Morrison into Victoria – he can demonstrate to them how to run a disciplined show.”
“It’s clear that only Labor can be trusted to build the public transport projects Victorians need now and into the future.”