Labor must put Games venues ahead of union mates

19 Aug 2016 2:56 PMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Delays on key Commonwealth Games venues are costing Queensland taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars as the asleep at the wheel Palaszczuk Labor Government continues to do nothing to address union stoppages halting progress on the sites.


Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Jarrod Bleijie said it was time Labor stopped protecting their CFMEU mates and used their power to intervene in industrial deputes to ensure these projects will be ready in time for the 2018 Games.


“The Gold Coast will soon be on the world stage, yet here we have several major venues being held to ransom by militant unions and a Government doing nothing about it,” Mr Bleijie said.


“The Minister has the power to intervene, but hasn’t, because she’s more concerned with protecting the interests of her union mates than ensuring taxpayers’ money is well spent.


“Despite widespread media reports of costly delays, Labor admitted they hadn’t even sent out an inspector from the Department to make sure the sites were on track.


“It’s time Labor started putting the interests of Queenslanders ahead of the interests of the Labor party.”


Shadow Commonwealth Games Minister John Paul Langbroek said it was clear Labor was reluctant to act because of their close ties to the CFMEU.


“It would be an unmitigated disaster if these venues weren’t delivered in time for the Games and Queenslanders need assurance that the Government will get these projects back on track,” Mr Langbroek said.


“Just this week we’ve seen a Principal Contractor for some of the key Commonwealth Games venues express concern that venues won’t be ready to host a number of events scheduled prior to the Games.


“We want the Games to be a huge success, but right now we have no certainty that the people of the Gold Coast will have the facilities they deserve ahead of time as promised.


“It’s time Labor stood up to the unions and gave Queenslanders some much-needed confidence that these venues will be ready and on time when the world’s eyes are upon us.”


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