Labor has job in hand: Symes
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