Media Release

06 January 2015

Pesutto: Andrews Government must release Legal Advice

Tuesday 6 January 2015


 Andrews Government must release Legal Advice

The Coalition has today called on the Andrews Government to release all legal advice upon which Daniel Andrews based his decision to write to the East West Link Consortium to order a suspension of works.

“The new Labor Premier has stated publicly that he took it upon himself to write to the EWL Consortium to order a suspension of works,” Mr Pesutto said today.

“It is not clear that Mr Andrews had the proper contractual authority to do so.”

“Victorians need an urgent assurance that the Premier’s impetuous actions have not exposed taxpayers to massive damages for breach of contract or other causes of action,” Mr Pesutto said.

“The Andrews Government can allay public concerns about the potential for significant damages by releasing the Government’s legal advice in full.”
The documents to be released must include:

  • Advice from the Solicitor General
  • Advice from other Counsel
  • Advice from the Attorney General (was he consulted and did he approve the Premier’s letter being sent?)
  • Departmental legal advice.

“The new Labor Government has promised greater transparency. And, by releasing the East West Link business case and vowing to release the full EWL contract, Mr Andrews has no reason now to withhold the legal advice upon which he rushed to suspend works,” Mr Pesutto said.

Victorians have seen Mr Andrews’ form in this area. Tatts Group and Tabcorp sued the State in 2012 for damages from gaming licensing decisions made by the former Labor Government.

Daniel Andrews, as Minister for Gaming, was involved in those decisions.