Time to pull up our socks

The Victorian Government missed its chance to solve traffic gridlock by tearing up the contracts on the multi-billion East West Link that would have ...

Tearing up East West Link contract puts Victoria in reverse, writes Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Herald Sun: Tearing up East West Link contract puts Victoria in reverse, writes Prime Minister Tony Abbott

BY tearing up the East West Link contracts, Dan Andrews has put Victoria in reverse.

The Victorian Government hasn’t just wasted hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer’s money — it has condemned Victorian motorists to spending more time stuck in traffic gridlock, and businesses to higher costs to deliver goods and services.

The East West Link would provide an essential alternative to the Monash and West Gate Freeways, reducing congestion on inner-northern and western suburbs roads.

The Link would cater for around 100,000 vehicles a day, bypassing 23 traffic lights and cutting an average 30 minutes travel time between CityLink and the Eastern Freeway.

We pay a high cost for good politics

Herald Sun: We pay a high cost for good politics. 16 Apr 2015

Next year, as you’re sitting in Melbourne’s peak-hour traffic, you can expect to hear back-to-back advertisements on your car radio that go something like this:

“Sick of sitting in traffic? Blame Labor Premier Daniel Andrews for axing the East West Link. Only a vote for the Liberals will get the Link built. Written and authorised by the Liberal Party, Canberra.’’

Andrews’ decision to axe the East West Link has gifted the Coalition Government a golden electioneering opportunity.

Sure, Andrews was elected after declaring he would axe the project (remembering that he also said the contracts weren’t worth the paper they were written on).

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