Brumby vows less
secrecy on big projects
Farrah Tomazin, November 1, 2006
TREASURER John Brumby has bowed to
internal Labor pressure by promising to be less secretive about
infrastructure projects done in partnership with the private
As the election campaign officially
began yesterday, Mr Brumby pledged that, if re-elected, Labor
would provide more information about the controversial
Taxpayers have billions of dollars
invested into PPPs such as Eastlink, Southern Cross Station
redevelopment and the Melbourne Convention Centre redevelopment.
Mr Brumby promised that a future
Bracks government would release full "value-for-money
statements" and "public interest statements" within three months
of a PPP deal being closed.
"I think it's fair to say that the
community is demanding even more information, so I think in this
policy we acknowledge that," he said.
The election promise comes only
weeks after a Labor-dominated parliamentary committee found that
Government secrecy surrounding PPPs meant Victorians had no idea
whether they provided real value for money.
But while the Treasurer seems to
have given some ground, he has not agreed to a Labor Party
platform that called on him to provide the value-for-money
statements within a week of project disclosure.
Mr Brumby said he did not believe
the process had been too secretive, but governments needed to
respond to community expectations. But Liberal shadow treasurer
Robert Clark said: "Despite what Mr Brumby has said, this is
clearly evidence that the way he has handled PPPs has been far
The move on PPPs is part of a Labor
policy to release annual infrastructure reports.