Victoria Minister for Finance Robert Clark
Victoria Treasurer Kim Wells
Victoria Minister for Corrections Andrew McIntosh
Leader Of The House Andrew McIntosh
Labor Puts Politics Before Victorian Families
Victor P Taffa
Victorian Labor has declared that they will put Labor’s Political interests ahead of Victorian families, Minister for Finance Robert Clark said today.
Victoria has been singled out for an unprecedented $2.5 Billion cut in GST revenue by the Commonwealth yet Victoria will not be represented at the Treasury Ministerial Council in Canberra next Thursday (7 April) because Victorian Labor has refused to grant Treasurer Kim Wells a Pair for Parliament.
“I call on Daniel Andrews to show some leadership and immediately overrule this decision by Jacinta Allan so that we can fight for a fair share for Victoria.” Mr. Clark said.
The proposed distribution of GST revenue to be discussed at the meeting is a massive, unprecedented and unfair cut to Victoria.
“There will be an empty chair for Victoria at the GST table when we need to be fighting hard against a proposal that will result in Victoria subsidising the rest of Australia to the tune of $206 per person, up from $118.” Mr. Clark said.
“Every Victorian household will feel the effects of Canberra’s $2.5 Billion cut to Victoria’s budget.”
“It is inconceivable that any political party would consider its own desperate interests to be more important than fighting for a fair share for Victorians.” Mr. Clark said.
In previous years the Coalition granted a pair for the Treasurer to attend these ministerial councils.
“By refusing to grant a pair Victorian Labor is undermining Victoria’s fight against Canberra cutting Victoria’s funding which threatens less money for important community services for Victorians.” Mr. Clark said.
“Last week Prime Minister Julia Gillard admitted the GST funding formula was flawed however she is still refusing to restore Victoria’s GST funding, Treasurer Wells should be granted a pair by Labor so that we can fight for a fair share for Victoria.”
“It’s time for Victorian Labor to stand up for Victoria instead of trying to protect Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the expense of Victorian families.” Mr. Clark said.