Don't trust Labor: Mulder hits back over access charge


There are no guarantees the $1b collected by Victorian Government’s new freight infrastructure charge will be spent on freight industry, Shadow Transport Minister Terry Mulder says

By Samantha Freestone | May 6, 2010

There are no guarantees the $1 billion collected by the Victorian Government’s new freight infrastructure charge will actually be spent on the freight industry, Shadow Transport Minister Terry Mulder says.

Endless broken promises from the Government make him "very suspicious" over the proposed charge that will see road freight operators forced to pay $150 to $180 per truck to gain entry into the Port of Melbourne.

"The first issue is if the Government will actually use the money for freight associated infrastructure. Secondly, there have been so many promises, all of which have failed to materialize," he says.

Mulder cites a promise that 30 percent of freight will be on rail by 2010 that has "dropped back to 12 percent."

"Queensland Rail came to Victoria … they packed up; the intermodal hubs have not been developed.

"It all makes you very suspicious," he tells ATN.

"I don’t think the Minister has any understanding about how operators negotiate fright rates."

Mulder also calls the policing of the proposed charge "impossible".

"Unless you end up with an army of authorized officers conducting investigations, it is going to be very difficult," he says.

"The simple fact is there are $31 billion of projects not funded. It is pie in the sky stuff.

"No one should be holding their breath."

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