Wednesday 29 March 2015
Daniel Andrews confirms police radios funding black hole
Daniel Andrews promised that he would replace analogue police radios for a total cost of $10 million. (Source: Labor statement: here)
Today’s announcement has put the cost of the project at $35.3 million ($11.5 million for the radios alone, plus a further $23.8 million for associated works to the network.)
The $23.8 million is not new money. Victoria Police is being forced to “reprioritise” this funding from other police activities.
At the time of Labor’s original announcements, the Coalition had warned that Treasury estimates had forecast that the cost of the project would be closer to $50 million. (See ABC report: here).
Comments attributable to the Shadow Treasurer, Michael O’Brien:
“Frontline police will now pay for Labor’s failure to properly cost its promise. This proves yet again that Labor cannot manage money.
“We warned at the time that Treasury has estimated the project would cost closer to $50 million.
“This announcement again shows that Daniel Andrews would say and do anything to win office, even if it meant fudging the figures.”
Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue:
“Daniel Andrews is tearing money out of police budgets to pay for his funding black hole.
“He is robbing Peter to pay Paul.
“Daniel Andrews must explain what police services are going to be cut to pay for this bungle.”