Victoria Minister for Ports Denis Napthine
Labor Against Jobs At Victoria’s Ports
Victor P Taffa
Tim Pallas and the Victorian Labor Party showed their true colours yesterday when they opposed job growth and major infrastructure that is critical to the state economy, Minister for Ports Denis Napthine said.
“Despite being the Shadow Minister for Employment and Ports, Mr. Pallas yesterday voiced his opposition to the Port Expansion Project which will create more than 1,100 direct jobs and provide Victorian businesses with the capacity to export and import their goods.” Dr. Napthine said.
“Mr. Pallas’ claims that the Victorian Coalition Government’s announcement of a new $400 Million state-of-the-art export import automotive terminal at the Port of Melbourne somehow represents a cost blowout, ought to be an embarrassment for the former Minister.”
“In April, the Premier Ted Baillieu and I announced the $1.2 Billion expansion of container capacity at the Port of Melbourne and on Monday we backed this up with a further $400 Million to develop a state-of-the-art export import automotive facilities at Webb Dock.”
“As recently as two years ago, Mr. Pallas was the Minister for Ports so he should fully understand the difference between a container terminal and an automotive terminal.”
“He is either deliberately misleading Victorians with his claims about cost blowouts or he cannot tell the difference between a 40 foot shipping container and a Toyota Camry.”
“With Mr. Pallas as Minister for Ports, it is little wonder that Labor did absolutely nothing to address the urgent demand for additional capacity at our commercial ports.
In contrast, within 18 months the Victorian Coalition Government has:
- Fast-tracked the development of the Port of Hastings as a second container port to meet mid to long-term demand for additional capacity;
- Announced the $1.2 Billion expansion of container capacity at the Port of Melbourne to meet short to mid-term demand for additional capacity;
- Thoroughly investigated possible locations for new export import automotive facilities;
- Announced a $400 Million state-of-the-art development of a new automotive terminal at Webb Dock.
Dr. Napthine said every Victorian business relied upon having access to a network of commercial ports that provided the capacity required to efficiently export and import goods from the state.
“With 11 % growth in exports and 5 % growth in imports Mr. Pallas ought to support these crucial developments and the thousands of jobs they will create for Victoria rather than try to talk these initiatives down.” Dr. Napthine said.
“Instead, Mr. Pallas continues to release a string of embarrassing statements and is proving just as incompetent in opposition as he was when he was a Government Minister in charge of bungled projects like the Melbourne Market Relocation.”