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Farmers still waiting for Basin Rail benefits

The Andrews Labor Government again failed to explain how they will fix and finish the botched Murray Basin Rail Project.

Despite finding billions to put into level crossing cost blowouts in Melbourne, Daniel Andrews is refusing to say how Labor will fix its mess.

The Premier was asked in State Parliament today to explain why the project has been left languishing.

Farmers and the freight industry desperately want to see the Basin Rail project, which promised to upgrade and standardise the freight rail network in Victoria’s north west and save 20,000 trucks trips to port a year, completed in full.

In June Minister Jacinta Allan finally admitted the project was indefinitely on hold after cost blowouts, missed deadlines and appalling contract management on her watch.

Farmers in north west Victoria rightly expect Daniel Andrews will keep his promise to complete the Basin Rail project – in full.

Comment attributable to Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh

Arrogant grandstanding from the Premier won’t fix the mess Labor has made of this once-in-a-generation project.

Instead of making it easier for farmers in north west Victoria to access port and international markets, Labor’s failed delivery has left farmers and the freight industry worse off.

Under Labor, the Basin Rail project has been dogged by cost blowouts, project mismanagement and failed to meet key milestones which has left the project stalled indefinitely.

Daniel Andrews and his Minister for Excuses Jacinta Allan need to quit with the excuses and get on with funding, fixing and finishing this critical infrastructure project – in full.

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