WATCHDOG SLAMS NAPTHINE’S BOTCHED RAIL SCHEME

Posted on 26. Jun, 2014 in News

The Auditor General has slammed the Napthine Government’s handling of its botched rail scheme, in a report released today.

The report into the ‘Impact of Increased Scrutiny of High Value High Risk Projects’ says the Napthine Government’s rail projects are poorly planned and lack important details, assessments and a business case.

It has identified that the botched rail scheme and Cranbourne-Pakenham projects have both failed to progress through any of the steps normally undertaken for funded projects over $100 million.

Quotes attributable to Ms Hennessy:

“Denis Napthine’s botched rail scheme was drawn up on the back of a napkin and it will paralyse Melbourne’s public transport system for decades.”

“The Auditor General has today blown the whistle on this government’s failure to subject this botched scheme even to its own internal scrutiny.”

“Flashy TV ads are no substitute for hard work, proper planning and real consultation.”

“Denis Napthine’s botched rail scheme won’t take commuters where they want to go.”

Key Facts

• The Auditor General found that the High Value High Risk (HVHR) process with major projects as currently applied ‘falls short of consistently providing the level and quality of assurance governments needs to be fully informed when deciding whether and how to invest’.
• Only Labor will remove 50 of our most dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne and build Melbourne Metro Rail to double the size of the City Loop.
• Labor will also introduce 24 hour public transport on weekends. Trains will run all through the night to the outer suburbs, to get you home safe.

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