Labor must rule out Port of Melbourne truck tax

Saturday 3 February 2024

Labor must rule out Port of Melbourne truck tax

The Allan Government must rule out imposing a Port of Melbourne truck tax for freight
movements.

Documents from the Department of Transport and Planning reveal a road freight tax is
being actively considered for trucks loading and unloading at the Port of Melbourne to make
the cost of road freight more expensive, and thus making rail freight more competitive,
despite one container terminal not even having rail access.

Due to Labor’s failure to deliver the Murray Basin Freight Rail Network and upgrades
desperately needed in other corridors, the cost of freight by rail has remained high and
uncompetitive.

Worse still, only part of the proposed tax is to be spent on upgrading the rail freight
network, with most simply being returned to consolidated revenue to cover some of the
more than $30 billion in cost blowouts on Labor’s major projects.

Shadow Minister for Ports and Freight, Roma Britnell, said: “Labor must immediately rule out
imposing a truck tax on the Port of Melbourne. This ludicrous approach by Labor will raise
the cost of freight on roads, costing Victorians more for goods.

“Instead of making rail more competitive by investing in it, this will simply make road freight
more expensive and is no solution to Labor’s long neglect of Victoria’s rail freight network.

“Labor should fix the rail freight network in order to bring costs down rather than impose a
sneaky tax that will do little to improve freight route efficiency and will be passed on to
Victorian families who will pay more for goods.”

Roma Britnell MP
Member for South West Coast
Shadow Minister for Ports and Freight
Shadow Minister for Child Protection
Shadow Minister for Boating and Fishing

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