Another port in the storm: The real reason for the East West Link

Independent Australia: Another port in the storm: The real reason for the East West Link. Dr Matthew Mitchell. 27 November 2014

With Victoria going to the polls on Saturday, Jenny Warfe and Dr Matthew Mitchell present compelling evidence the real reason for the East West Link is not road congestion but a superfluous new port project.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine’s figurehead multi-billion dollar road project, Melbourne’s East West Link, does not make financial sense — at least, not in the way it is being presented to the public. (More in link)

“The last thing the Coalition wants to do is draw attention to environment policy, because there isn’t one”

Coal generates more election heat

A senior government insider told The Sunday Age there would be no announcements on coal before the election, citing lingering disquiet over the Hazelwood mine fire that forced some residents to leave the area in February and concern it could cost votes in seats such as Morwell, held by Energy Minister Russell Northe, and inner-city Prahran, held by Liberal Clem Newton-Brown.

“The last thing the Coalition wants to do is draw attention to environment policy, because there isn’t one,”

the source said, noting that both the Coalition and Labor appeared to have sidelined green-related issues in the campaign.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/coal-generates-more-election-heat-20141018-1181yk.html#ixzz3GiuIhzoH