ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja has said today’s announcement that the Government will scrap the plan for $432 million office block, is a blow to Chief Minister Katy Gallagher’s credibility.
“This is a building which ACT Labor said Canberra simply could not do without, that it would not compete for funding for hospitals, and that it would save taxpayers $34 million a year,” Mr Seselja said.
“But this was clearly not true, as the government has been unable to justify these claims, even after spending $5.7 million of taxpayer dollars to justify their office block plans.
“The real question is, after this latest half billion dollar backflip – can Katy Gallagher’s word ever be trusted? She has a long record of backflips and broken promises.
“This is a government which originally promised a four lane GDE. In 2004, Katy Gallagher promised not to close schools. In 2008, Katy Gallagher said all her health plans were on the table when she was secretly trying to buy Calvary hospital. Today, she has promised to deliver on health when she hasn’t been able to for the past 10 years.
“ACT Labor has form in over promising and under-delivering in election year ploys and today’s announcement is a blatant example.
“After repeatedly saying one thing then doing another, the electorate would be fully justified in asking whether they can really believe anything Katy Gallagher says, particularly during an election year.”