Victorians pay the price for Labor’s major project mismanagement

Liberal Party Victoria

Victorians continue to pay the price of Labor’s mismanagement of major projects as new reports reveal ongoing misconduct across Victorian construction sites.

Reports today have outlined how a CFMEU “takeover” of major projects is leading to inflated costs for projects and labour, amidst fresh allegations of rorts and coercion on Victorian road and rail projects.

In March 2024, the Victorian Liberals and Nationals announced a future Pesutto Government would establish Construction Enforcement Victoria, a new watchdog to crackdown on misconduct on worksites and ensure best-practice industry standards.

Under the Labor Government, major projects have blown out by more than $40 billion – pushing Victoria’s debt to $187.8 billion by 2028, with interestrepayments to hit almost $26 million a day over the period.

Shadow Minister for Major Projects, David Southwick, said: “Labor cannot manage money, cannot manage projects and Victorians are paying the price.

“The ongoing misconduct on Big Build sites under Labor is fuelling cost blowouts and means less money for desperately needed infrastructure projects across the state.”

Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, David Hodgett, said: “Every Victorian is paying the price of Labor’s continued mismanagement of major projects.

“Only the Liberals and Nationals will crack down on rorts, blowoutsand misconduct by introducing a Victorian construction watchdog to ensure best-practice industry standards.”

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