Posted on 15. Jan, 2013 in News

The Baillieu Government’s move to hide the cost of major infrastructure projects from the public means Victorian taxpayers will be left in the dark about how their money is spent, Opposition Scrutiny-of-Government spokesperson, Martin Pakula said today.

Mr Pakula said the decision to hide the price tag of projects will allow the Government to avoid public accountability which will ultimately lead to poorer outcomes on the delivery of major projects.

“The Baillieu Government has already effectively reduced competition by excluding some companies from tendering for government work.

“Mr Baillieu’s decision to hide costings will ensure that departments can prepare half-baked budgets, safe in the knowledge that they will never be made public.

The Baillieu Government’s decision to no longer disclose the cost of major projects was released days before Christmas last year in a rushed response to Victorian Labor’s Jobs Plan.

“This approach is the exact opposite of what Ted Baillieu told voters he stood for. He stated that under his government there would be ‘no secrecy’, but increased transparency and disclosure’.

“What we are seeing is a deliberate decision to further limit accountability in order to shield his government’s laziness and inaction”, Mr Pakula said.

Mr Pakula said that in the future any claim by the Baillieu Government to deliver a major project on budget should be met with extreme scepticism.

“How can the Baillieu Government claim to have delivered a major project on budget if they never tell Victorians what the initial budget of a project was?

“Since coming to office in November of 2010 the Baillieu Government has failed to announce a single major state infrastructure or project for the state of Victoria.

“The Baillieu Government has claimed credit for previous state government projects such as the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre and the Hamer Hall Refurbishment”, Mr Pakula said.

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