Labor, the self-styled defenders of communities in Melbourne’s west, showed their true colours in the Legislative Council today, combining as a block to narrowly defeat the following Opposition motion by 19 votes to 18:
That this House opposes any decision by the Andrews Labor Government, or its agencies, to dump toxic soil from the West Gate Tunnel project into the Wyndham Vale rail stabling yard as it is situated close to houses, local community infrastructure and the Werribee River.
Labor Members for Western Metropolitan Region, Ingrid Stitt, Cesar Melham and Kaushaliya Vaghela callously abandoned the best interests of the people that elected them, instead supporting the dumping of toxic soil from the West Gate Tunnel in their community.
These Labor members need to take a good hard look at themselves. Are they local representatives in Parliament or Labor’s mouthpieces in the west?
Labor was aided and abetted in supporting a Wyndham Vale toxic dump by the Transport Matters Party’s Rod Barton and Liberal Democrats Tim Quilty and David Limbrick.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, David Davis:
“Communities in Melbourne’s west will be rightly outraged by the betrayal visited upon them today by the Labor Party, Liberal Democrats and Transport Matters Party.
“The Liberal Nationals, by stark contrast, stood up for the interest of the citizens of Melbourne’s west and will continue to actively oppose the dumping of toxic soil dangerously close to homes, schools, community infrastructure and water courses, be that at Wyndham Vale or anywhere else that is patently inappropriate.”
Comments attributable to Member for Western Metropolitan Region, Bernie Finn:
“The meeting I attended last night with hundreds of concerned members of the local community opposed to Labor’s toxic dump near their houses, schools and river, sent a clear message to Daniel Andrews and toxic Tim Pallas and the other local Labor MPs – a message, sadly, that fell on deaf ears.”