The Victorian Labor Government are selling off important public assets, just like former Liberal Premier Jeff Kennett did.
The Greens will keep our public assets in public hands, because public services should be run for the public good — not for private company profits.
Trains & Trams
In the 1990s, our electricity system was sold to private companies. Since then, these multinationals have made huge profits while our bills have skyrocketed. While the world is rapidly transitioning to clean, renewable energy, Victoria still has some of the most polluting brown coal power stations in the world. Privatisation of energy has failed to deliver lower prices and has locked in old, polluting coal power when we should be transitioning to clean, renewable energy to drive down power prices and drastically reduce our emissions.
Port of Melbourne
The current Labor Government has privatised the Port of Melbourne, creating a private monopoly over one of our state’s most important assets. This will lead to increased costs for port users including exporters, which will hurt regional economies, result in loss of control over port infrastructure planning and loss of dividends paid to the state.
The Victorian Labor Government is trying to sell off land that was put aside for public housing to private developers. At a time when more than 82,000 Victorians are on the waiting list for public housing, we should be building more affordable housing — not selling off our public land for private profit.
Without any public consultation, the Victorian Labor Government — supported by the Liberals — have invited a multinational corporation to demolish part of Federation Square and replace it with a massive retail store. Federation Square is one of Victoria’s premier public cultural spaces — not a shopping mall.
This government is privatising transport planning, infrastructure and operations to toll road company Transurban. Transurban are profiteering off congestion and the Labor Government are signing sweetheart deals on toll roads like the West Gate Tunnel — which will lock Victorians into car dependency and higher tolls for decades to come.
The Victorian government is still slashing and burning our precious native forests for the production of low-grade paper and pulp products — pushing native animals to the brink of extinction. Both Labor and Liberal are refusing to create a Great Forest National Park for Victorians to enjoy and to protect Victoria’s faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s Possum.
Disability group homes
The Victorian Labor Government have put our public disability group homes out to private tender, so private corporations can profit from the new NDIS funding. The welfare and proper care of people with a disability should be their priority — not private company profits.
Land titles office
Following in the footsteps of the New South Wales Liberal government, the Victorian Labor Government are trying to sell off our land titles office. This has been disastrous for hundreds of families in New South Wales, who may have unknowingly purchased properties in the path of major road projects planned for Sydney. The government should be ensuring that the community has absolute confidence in our land titles system — not lining the pockets of private corporations.
Of public transport customers dissatisfied with service in 2016-17.
Increase in public transport fares since 1992.
Train services that skipped the City Loop in 2017.
Victorian customers disconnected for not being able to pay their energy bills since June 2017.
Average increase in Victorian annual power bills since June 2017.
Tonnes of toxic air pollution produced by Victoria’s power stations every year.
The average age of Victoria’s neglected public housing stock.
Increase in the median Victorian house price since 1995.
People desperately waiting for public housing in Victoria — including 24,622 children.
Figures are estimates only based on available online data.
Dear Premier Andrews,
The privatisation of Victoria’s most valuable and important assets has failed to deliver better outcomes for our community.
Please abandon your plan to sell off or privatise our public housing estates, transport, the land titles office and disability group homes.
Our most important public assets should be kept in public hands and run for the public good — not for private company profits.