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Melbourne mayor fires up over accusation of a ‘sweetheart deal’ for Queen Victoria Market project

Robert Doyle has slammed ‘seriously offensive’ claims of a possible sweetheart deal between the council and the Andrews government over new height rules for CBD skyscrapers.

In the Herald Sun today, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy implored the government to come clean on why the Queen Victoria Market precinct was excluded.

The accusation that the council and government may have made a sweetheart deal stirred an angry response from Cr Doyle.

The mayor told Neil Mitchell the height controls introduced last weekend didn’t apply to redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Market precinct, which was already ‘in the system’ before the new rules were introduced.

‘I find the accusation seriously offensive as well as wrong,’ he said.

‘I wish Matthew had given me a call to be perfectly honest.’

Questioned whether Mr Guy had misunderstood, Cr Doyle said that wasn’t the case.

‘No, he’s wrong. To me it’s really disappointing.’

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