DEPUTY Opposition leader and Coalition ports spokesman David Hodgett has expressed scepticism about the value of creating a new freight body.
Ministers Luke Donnellan and Jacinta Allen announced the creation of Freight Victoria last week, a decision applauded by several industry bodies.
Approached for comment by Daily Cargo News, Mr Hodgett declined to expand upon the future of the new entity should the Coalition win office in November.
But Mr Hodgett did take the chance to criticise the government’s approach.
“Freight Victoria simply adds to the list of over 40 authorities, agencies and government bodies that have been created by Daniel Andrews,” Mr Hodgett told DCN.
“Victoria’s freight and logistics sector is in desperate need of tangible policies to improve its competitiveness and efficiency – not more bureaucracy and red tape.
“Unlike Daniel Andrews, the Liberal Nationals have already committed $21.5m towards real initiatives aimed at improving efficiencies and productivity within the freight and logistics sector.”
The next Victorian election is set for November 24 and is expected to be close with recent opinion polls suggesting little margin between Labor and the Coalition.