Wednesday 13 June 2018
Daniel Andrews’ Commissioner nothing more than a cross-border mirage
Victoria’s cross-border communities will wait years for a Cross Border Commissioner under Daniel Andrews.
Today in Parliamentary Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford admitted there were no ongoing funds for the Commissioner past the next two years, when the program would be “evaluated”.
Ms Pulford also confessed she had no idea where the Commissioner will be located, only saying it would be “somewhere in the proximity of our borders”.
By contrast, an elected Liberal Nationals government will spend $4 million over the next four years on a Cross Border Commissioner based in Mildura, a community with tri-state links.
Border communities have long called for a dedicated Commissioner to resolve the unique challenges along Victoria’s borders with New South Wales and South Australia, including red tape, licencing and regulation.
The Andrews Government’s lack of commitment leaves Victoria lagging far behind New South Wales, which appointed a Commissioner in 2012.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation, Peter Walsh:
“Victoria’s cross border communities have waited too long for Daniel Andrews to get on with resolving problems with red tape and regulation between states.
“Now we discover the Andrews Labor Government’s ‘commitment’ to our cross-border communities is nothing more than a mirage.
“This city-centric Andrews Labor Government is completely out-of-touch with regional Victoria and can’t be trusted to deliver for our cross-border communities.”