Media Release

28 May 2015

Guy – Walsh: Second Container Port for Victoria

Thursday 28 May 2015

 

Second Container Port for Victoria

Comments attributable to Matthew Guy MP:

The Victorian Liberal National Coalition supports the leasing of the Port of Melbourne in conjunction with the development of a second container port for Victoria.

We also support Tim Pallas’ position when he was Minister for Roads and Ports when he said:

“The Port of Hastings is well positioned to serve as Melbourne’s second container port.”

“No other port location offers the same overall advantages as Hastings and it holds major economic potential for the State of Victoria.”

Before the last election, Daniel Andrews also promised to develop a second container port, at Bay West, in this term of government.

That’s why it makes no sense that Daniel Andrews now says Victoria won’t need a second container port for at least 50 years.  To prohibit the development of a second container port for the next 50 years is highly irresponsible, anti-competitive and will cost Victoria jobs.

What Daniel Andrews is effectively doing is providing a leaseholder with a 50 year monopoly.  That will only harm Victoria’s development.

There is already significant concern in our state with the Andrews Labor Government’s anti-business, anti-jobs policies, particularly paying over $640 million to scrap the biggest road project in Australia, the East West Link.

Daniel Andrews seems to have no hesitation in exposing Victorian taxpayers to compensation.  First it was a $540 million payment to Tatts Group, then over $640 million on the East West Link and now the possibility of future compensation to the leaseholder of the Port of Melbourne.

Daniel Andrews has also misled the people of Geelong about his promise to develop a port at Bay West in this term of government.

 

Attributable to Peter Walsh MP:

 

The Andrews Labor Government’s legislation to sell the Port of Melbourne is complex and needs to be closely examined.

The Coalition does not oppose the principle of the sale of the Port of Melbourne, but any sale must be in the interests of all Victorians and that includes rural and regional Victorians and we will not blindly sign Victorian taxpayers up to another dodgy Labor deal like the desalination plant.

The last thing we want to see is the competitiveness of our state’s agricultural export industries put at risk by the Port of Melbourne being constrained in the future. We know the Port will reach capacity well within 50 years’ time.

The legislation will not be debated in Parliament until the end of June.  Prior to that, we will consult widely with the community, exporters and the wider sector to ensure the best deal for Victoria’s economic future.