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Families and businesses paying the price of Labor’s Port of Melbourne mismanagement

Victorian families and businesses are paying a higher price for essential goods due to the State Government’s mismanagement of the Port of Melbourne (PoM).

A scathing report has revealed that the Andrews Labor Government’s failure to properly oversee operations at the PoM now results in higher prices and longer waits for critical business and consumer goods.

Furthermore, following an inquiry into the PoM, the Essential Services Commission this week released its final report which found widespread non-compliance with the Port of Melbourne Act.

Shadow Minister for Ports and Freight Roma Britnell said feedback she had received from stakeholders indicated PoM was the most expensive in the world to do business.

“It is driving people away from doing business in Victoria,” she said.

Ms Britnell said the Government had ignored the findings of multiple ESC reports into PoM’s operations and that the final report showed action must now be taken.

“The ongoing mismanage of the Port of Melbourne means higher prices and longer wait times for critical goods.”

“Supply chain bottlenecks and higher prices will only hold back our recovery. We need to get everyday goods off the boats and into homes and businesses sooner and cheaper,

“Rather than implementing voluntary frameworks and meaningless promises to keep an eye on things, the Andrews Labor Government must be proactive to ensure Victorians don’t fall further behind.”

Roma Britnell MP

Shadow Minister for Ports and Freight

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