A COURT ruling against the state government is proof it tried to “sabotage” the Bendigo Hospital project, according to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan.
The Federal Court imposed a $53,000 fine on the government on Friday for a breach of federal workplace laws.
The issue concerned the government’s handling of Lend Lease – which is building the new Bendigo hospital – over a deal it signed with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.
A decision from Justice Mordy Bromberg found the government had exerted pressure on Lend Lease and threatened the job security of employees.
“This is further evidence that the Napthine government were working incredibly hard to deny the Bendigo community the best hospital option on offer from Lend Lease,” Ms Allan said.
A spokesperson said the government was appealing the penalty.
"The government considers that it has not infringed Commonwealth law and that imposing a civil penalty in circumstances where the government has fully complied with the court's ruling since it was made only causes unnecessary cost to Victorian taxpayers," they said .
"The government considers there are good grounds to appeal against today's decision, as well as continuing with the appeal already underway against the court's original finding that Victoria has infringed Commonwealth law."