Labor has job in hand: Symes

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Si­mon Rup­pert

Labor has ques­tioned elec­tion prom­ises made by the Lib­eral Na­tion­als at Lima South Quarry last week.

State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes, in re­sponse to the pledge which promised to make pro­cure­ment eas­ier for re­gional busi­nesses, said she could not be­lieve what she was hearing.

‘‘I’ve got to say I’m quite surprised that the Na­tion­als and Lib­er­als have the au­dac­ity to go near a busi­ness that is only get­ting 400 jobs for Be­nalla be­cause of the Labor Party,’’ Ms Symes said.

There has been much writ­ten about the Coali­tion at­tempt­ing to block plan­ning per­mis­sion on the West Gate Tun­nel Pro­ject.

The Lib­eral Na­tion­als have al­ways main­tained the at­tempted block­ing of the pro­ject was about trans­parency, rather than any- thing that might put the Be­nalla jobs in jeop­ardy.

Labor has pushed the rhetoric that sup­port­ing the block­ing of plan­ning per­mis­sion was part of a Lib­eral agenda, which the Na­tion­als were sup­port­ing de­spite it hav­ing a po­ten­tially bad ef­fect on vot­ers in Na­tional elec­torates, such as Euroa.

The sec­ond elec­tion prom­ise Ms Symes ad­dressed was re­gard­ing fund­ing to up­grade Wil­liams Rd.

‘‘I’ve al­ready spo­ken to Be­nalla 400 Ru­ral City Coun­cil about this,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘This is a pri­or­ity road and I can con­firm that un­der a re-elected Labor Govern­ment we will fund the coun­cil to up­grade the road.

‘‘The extra trucks us­ing that road are a di­rect con­se­quence of Labor putting in place an in­fra­struc­ture pro­ject that is de­liv­er­ing 400 jobs in Be­nalla.

‘‘A pro­ject that the Na­tion­als tried to stop.’’ Lib­eral

Ja­clyn Symes

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