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Labor must release its regional review now

The Coalition is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to release its review into regional Victoria immediately.

Former Labor Premier John Brumby has provided the government with his review into ‘regional economic development and services’.

Yet his 61 recommendations will not be made public until Daniel Andrews’ Regional Development Minister, Jaala Pulford, releases her response in October – almost a year into this government.

Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said the report must be released now.

“Regional Victorians have every right to be very nervous about this review, considering John Brumby was the architect of the north-south pipeline and desal plant disasters,” Mr Walsh said.

“We should not have to wait for the government to now review its own review. Communities deserve to know what Daniel Andrews and Jaala Pulford are considering for their future.

“I already have serious concerns about their Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which is already almost half-spent and being used to cost-shift money into Melbourne.

“Now it looks like the future growth and prosperity of regional Victoria is being totally stalled until at least October.

“Regional Victorians are quickly growing sick and tired of the Andrews Labor Government’s constant spin and no substance.

“If the government has nothing to hide and regional Victorians have nothing to fear in this report, why can’t it be released?”