The fund was supposed to help taxi drivers that were impacted by the drop in taxi licenses, but Labors bureaucracy nightmare has only delayed fixing the problem.
Ombudsman Deborah Glass, started conducting an investigation into the Fairness Fund last year upon receiving numerous complaints and what she discovered was shocking.
The Ombudsman found that the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources grossly underestimated the number of applicants that would apply to the program; leaving many uncertain of their future.
The pitiful execution of this fund, resulted in applications taking double the expected time to process. This resulted in some applicants waiting month after month for approval only to find that their application wasn’t accepted.
“The department’s poor communication, compounded by delay, was unreasonable and would have exacerbated the distress already felt by people who believed the government had taken away their livelihood or life savings,” Ms. Glass said.
Worse yet, the bloated Andrews Labor Government has defended its irresponsible, careless and negligent handling of the situation. It’s failure has caused those in the taxi industry and their families immense distress, and Daniel Andrews has simply brushed off their concerns.
It is clear that Daniel Andrews and the whole Labor party are unconcerned with extreme stress that these most devastating actions are having on the taxi industry and working families.
Comments attributable to Inga Peulich MLC:
“This ‘Fairness’ Fund is just the latest example of the Andrews Labor’s governments pretentious disdain toward our taxi industry and working families.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is responsible for cutting off license owner’s income and transition payments that are too small, people are left high and dry and suffering extreme financial and emotional stress’.”
“This November Victorians should vote to replace this inept Labor regime with a Liberal-National Coalition who will support our taxi industry and its hard working families.