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AG report confirms Labor has no plan for population

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien says a new report by the Victorian Auditor-General has found Labor has no plan to manage soaring population growth.

Mr O'Brien, who is the deputy chair of the Liberal-Nationals' Population Policy Taskforce said only the Coalition was working on a plan to get people out of Melbourne and grow jobs in the regions.

Effectively Planning for Population Growth, released on Wednesday, highlights particular gaps in the health sector, saying Labor has not done enough to plan effectively for future demand for birthing, maternal and childhood health services and kindergartens in growth areas.

Mr O’Brien said The Nationals recognise that planning for population growth is a problem that needs addressing urgently.

“Our Taskforce has been travelling and speaking with regional residents from around the state about how best to achieve decentralisation and it’s clear that there are huge growth opportunities being overlooked by the city-centric Andrews’ Labor Government.”

“The Auditor-General’s findings are just further evidence of the importance of the Liberal-Nationals’ focus on planning for Victoria’s future.

“Victoria needs a population plan that shares the benefits of population growth with our rural and regional communities.

"We need a plan that will encourage, jobs, infrastructure and investment into our regions and eases the squeeze on Melbourne."

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