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YCAT Editorial – Fact Busters

Kitty Flanagan as Rhonda and Rob Sitch as Tony in Utopia

With the East West link slowly sinking under its own weight, big business is pulling out all stops to try and save it. Treasurer Michael O’Brien said Labor’s position was “economically insane, and would cost Victoria $3 billion and 6200 jobs”.

Tony Abbot has promised $3 billion, some of it for stage 2, as part of his ‘stick to your knitting’ no trains policy. That funding can now be reassigned to higher priority and more productive projects such as the unfunded Melbourne Metro. So that’s hardly a cost, more of a gain.

The Treasurer also said no one would want to do business with a Labor government that was prepared to “rip up contracts and … go back on their word.” The contracts will be unenforceable, so there is no need to rip up anything, they can simply be set aside.

We are not going to be held hostage by Mr Andrews and his reckless behaviour, we are going to get on with negotiating the final stages of these contracts, signing the contracts and getting on with building the East West Link.”

Michael West in Fairfax Business Day, put it succinctly,

“This idea that you can stick an incoming government with an $8 billion bill just weeks before an election is a bit rich”. The government is recklessly trying to hold the next parliament hostage to contracts.

“Nobody should ever be required to commit $8 billion of other people’s money on a project that they know nothing about and which lacks community approval in any case. This would be truly reckless.”
Michael West, Business Day, September 12, 2014, p.32.

Continue Reading…

Daniel Andrews interviewed on 774 ABC Melbourne

Daniel Andrews interviewed on 774 ABC Melbourne (11 September 2014)

Residents Against the Tunnel: Murphy v East West Toll Supreme Court Verdict

Residents Against the Tunnel: Murphy v East West Toll Supreme Court Verdict

This morning the judge handed down his decision in relation to the ‘separate questions‘ that he had previously ordered be the matters to be considered first in relation to the allegations of misleading conduct about the East West Link business case.  These separate questions were:

1. Was the conduct engaged in by the State Government and Linking Melbourne Authority part of the carrying on of a business (as defined in the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (VIC))?

2. Was the conduct engaged in by the State Government and Linking Melbourne Authority part of trade or commerce?

3. Should an injunction be granted?

The judge ruled against us in each question, in other words, the answer to all three questions is ‘No”.

Here is what we had to say about it:

We will need to consider the decision to understand its implications, but naturally are disappointed the opportunity to have independent scrutiny of the alleged benefits of this project has not happened yet. We’ll be leaving all decisions about an appeal to Tony Murphy and his legal team. But from the community perspective this particular decision is only one step in the longer journey, and community opposition to this project will continue. Continue Reading…

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Residents Against the Tunnel: Announcement of East West Link preferred tenderer another pre-election stunt by Government

Residents Against the Tunnel: Announcement of East West Link preferred tenderer another pre-election stunt by Government. Media Release 9 September 2014

Today the East West Connect consortium was announced as the preferred bidder.

“This is another political stunt to try and paint this project as being a done deal” said Harriet Mantell from the Residents Against the Tunnel (RAT) group.

There is no binding contract and nothing can be signed. The conditions of the Planning Minister’s own Approval Decision have not yet been met.

“How can contracts be signed for something for which there is no final design?” asked Ms Mantell. Continue Reading…

Health Impacts of Air Pollution – Is the air safe for our children?

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The East West toll road means more cars on the road, more climate pollution and more air pollution, with tunnel ventilation stacks near homes and a primary school. A new report from the Secret Agent (signup required to view report) has drawn attention to air pollution in areas near the proposed toll road, with the report raising health issues as well as linking air pollution to property prices.

It finds that property prices are falling in areas affected by the toll road proposal. “The Burnley Tunnel modelling showed for every metre further away from a ventilation stack, a home gained about $61 of value per square metre. Mr Osborne said if the vent affected parents’ willingness to send their children to the school, it could further hurt property prices across the school zone.”

Health Impacts of Air Pollution – Is the air safe for our children?
Wed, 17 September, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Collingwood Toy Library, Magpie Stadium, Cnr Lulie & Abbot St, Abbotsford.

An Evening for localparents interested in the health impacts of air pollution to their children.
Speaker: Dr Merryn Redenbach MBBS BMEDSCI
Email: clare_francis[AT]hotmail.com to register your interest.

An evening for parents and community members concerned about air pollution will be held at the Collingwood Toy Library – “Health Impacts of Air Pollution: is the air safe for our children?” Dr Merryn Redenbach, Research and Liaison officer with the Doctors for the Environment, will be introduced by Clare Walter, Yarra resident and air quality advocate. The event is at the Collingwood Toy Library (corner Lulie and Abbot Sts, within the Victoria Park grandstand) on Wednesday 17 September at 7:30pm.

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