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Martin Cameron warns Andrews Labor government is repeating past mistakes by impacting local communities by neglecting regional roads
Martin Cameron, The Nationals Member for Morwell, accuses the Andrews government of underspending on regional roads, leading to unsafe conditions and an increase in road fatalities.
The Nationals Member for Morwell, Martin Cameron, has blasted the Andrews government in Parliament for shirking its responsibility to answer questions from regional Victorians. Mr Cameron used his Members Statement last week to highlight the complete lack of acknowledgement, answers, and accountability shown by Labor Ministers in failing to respond to correspondence from Opposition MPs.
MPs Melina Bath, Danny O'Brien and Matin Cameron at the neglected road Latrobe Valley Brown Coal Mine Road by the Andrews Labor government
Accountability evasion disappoints
Mr Cameron said, "I am appalled and frankly disgusted by the lack of accountability shown by the Andrews government in failing to answer questions asked by those on this side of the chamber on behalf of our constituents. During my short time as a Member of Parliament, my office has made countless enquiries with Ministers seeking answers for the people of the Latrobe Valley."
"I have asked several questions in this House, and not a single response has been received within the required 30-day timeframe - and it's not even a close call. It's now the end of May, and I asked questions in January that have still not been answered," he said.
Regional neglect persists
Mr Cameron also said, "The Friends of the Courthouse - a not-for-profit community group based in Traralgon - applied for a rebate on their water bill more than 14 months ago, and to-date they have had no response from the State Revenue Office. We already knew it, but this example is just one of many that shows the Andrews government has absolutely no regard for regional Victorians and is completely unanswerable to anyone outside of metropolitan Melbourne."
"We are dudded by Ministers who refuse to visit the regions, we are dubbed by chronic under-funding, and we are denied any acknowledgement or response. Trying to get answers out of this government is like butting your head against the proverbial brick wall."
"This is not pity point-scoring or grandstanding - this is a very real issue with real ramifications that should sound alarm bells for anyone with a conscience who claims to care about the people who elected them to these positions of privilege. As Members of Parliament, we cannot properly represent our constituents when we are being blocked at every turn by a government that is a law unto itself," Mr Cameron concluded.
Pictures from Martin Cameron MP website.
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