Posted on 10. Feb, 2011 in News

The Victorian Government needs to stop wasting Victorian taxpayers’ money and reduce the size of its cabinet after Premier Ted Baillieu stripped two Ministers of their legislative duties.

Shadow Minister for Scrutiny of Government, Martin Pakula, said Mr Baillieu was focused on cutting $1.6 billion of services across Government targeting the key areas of health and education.

“Instead of slashing the essential services on which Victorian rely, Mr Baillieu should look across his bloated Ministry which includes two ministers who have nothing to do,” Mr Pakula said.

“The Minister for Manufacturing, Export and Trade, Richard Dalla-Riva, has lost control of the crucial Victorian Industry Participation Policy and management of Victoria’s overseas offices which bring in international investment.

“As Employment and Industrial Relations Minister, Mr Dalla-Riva has lost carriage of the Long Services Leave and the Public Sector (Awards Entitlement) Acts.

“At the same time, Sport and Recreation Minister Hugh Delahunty has had responsibility for the Melbourne Cricket Ground Act, the State Sports Centres Act, and the Melbourne and Olympic Park Act, transferred to the Premier.

“It is a fraud on taxpayers to increase the size of the Ministry and to then leave two Ministers with nothing of substance to do.

“The Coalition’s bloated cabinet is an extraordinary waste of taxpayers’ money and Mr Baillieu needs to get on with the job of honouring his election pledge to fix the problems.”

Shadow Manufacturing Minister Adem Somyurek said it was incomprehensible that the Minister for Manufacturing, Export and Trade not have responsibility for the VIPP or for the overseas trade offices.

“The Victorian Industry Participation Policy is the main vehicle for ensuring that government procurement supports Victorian manufacturing. If that’s not a job for the Manufacturing Minister, what is?” Mr Somyurek said.

Shadow Sports Minister Luke Donnellan said that oversight of the MCG and the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust had always been “core business” of the Minister for Sport.


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