Andrews Labor Government backflips on secret China deal

It’s been revealed the Andrews Labor Government signed a secret deal to share information that would benefit Chinese government-owned infrastructure firms to build major projects in Victoria.

Earlier this year, Victoria’s Upper House passed a resolution seeking documents relating to the Andrews Labor Government’s Memorandum of Understanding with China's National Development and Reform Commission.

The Attorney-General, Jaclyn Symes then wrote to the Council on 8 June 2021 making a claim of executive privilege over the one document identified, but now three months later, she has backflipped on her decision, this time releasing the document demanded by the Council.

Has Daniel Andrews finally realised he is completely out of touch with the Victorian community who increasingly see China’s Communist Party rulers as a threat, rather than a benign government with whom Victoria should be signing secret preferential deals?

Victorians deserve to know the truth behind these matters, not endless delays and cover-ups. Only a Liberal Nationals Government will deliver accountability and transparency.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, David Davis:

“Daniel Andrews has kept this deal secret since it was signed in March 2017, refusing as recently as June 2021 to provide it to the Upper House.

“Now his government has backflipped and provided the deal. What exactly has changed in the meantime? Was it the taxpayer funded political polling that shows Labor’s secret deals with China were hurting the Premier?”