Posted on 17. Sep, 2010 in News

Ted Baillieu’s choice as the next Treasurer of Victoria has twice declined to turn up to a public debate on the performance of the Victorian economy, the state of the budget and the costings of Opposition promises.

Treasurer John Lenders said Kim Wells was asked to participate in a debate on Stateline tomorrow night and had also declined to turn up to a debate hosted by VECCI later this month.

“Ted Baillieu is hiding Kim Wells from scrutiny because he knows Kim Wells is simply not up to the job,” Mr Lenders said.

“Mr Baillieu has never had to worry about where the money is coming from and Mr Wells wouldn’t have a clue where it’s coming from.

“It is no wonder Kim Wells is unavailable – his performance during the Global Financial Crisis has been embarrassing and frankly dangerous.

“When leaders around the world were working to fight off the worst global downturn since the Great Depression, Kim Wells and Ted Baillieu went around trying to talk us into recession and putting Victorian jobs at risk.”

Mr Lenders said he was looking forward to debating Mr Wells about his economic plans for the future but neither he nor Mr Baillieu had produced any, despite Mr Wells being in his job for over 1380 days.

“Given their lack of economic policy, I look forward to having a public debate about their failure to cost their promises and their attempts to deceive the Victorian public,’ Mr Lenders said.

Mr Lenders said there were many reasons why Mr Wells had decided to go into hiding including:

  1. Trying to talk Victoria into a recession during the Global Financial Crisis;
  2. Claiming Victoria’s budget was a ‘house of cards’;
  3. Getting Victoria’s surplus figure wrong – twice in one day;
  4. Allowing Ted Baillieu to make uncosted and unfunded election promises including up to $4 billion just last week;
  5.  Made up figures about Victoria’s job losses on 2 September last year and being forced to retract his statement when official Australian Bureau of Statistics reports showed he was wrong yet again; and
  6. Predicting that Victoria would lose its treasured AAA credit rating in May last year, but Victoria is the only state to have a surplus this year and for the next four years and our AAA credit rating was confirmed again in May.

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