A split has emerged within the Liberal Party on fair go rate capping, as Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon, declared war on the policy – despite Opposition Spokesperson David Davis’ support.
The split emerged after Mr Katos declared he did not believe in rate capping in today’s Geelong Independent, saying the policy was merely “populist stuff trying to win votes”.
This is at odds with Opposition Spokesperson for Local Government, David Davis, who has said the Andrews Labor Government’s rate capping policy should be introduced as soon as possible.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, said that it was disappointing that Mr Katos had chosen not to stand with local ratepayers on the issue.
As committed before the election, the Labor Government will introduce a cap on council rates from 2016-17.
The Labor Government has tasked the Essential Services Commission (ESC) with developing a new framework for the policy and undertaking consultation with councils and the community.
Quotes Attributable to Gayle Tierney MP:
“It’s time the Liberals came clean on what their position is on rate capping. Do they support hard working ratepayers, or do they want to see more wasteful spending?”
“It’s clear just how out of touch Mr Katos is, if he doesn’t think that local residents deserve more affordable rates.”
“We are working with the ESC to develop a new framework. This will take into consideration the unique needs of regional councils and communities like our own.”