East West Link: The end has a start

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ABC News Victoria segment about negotiating the end of this dud project, and subsequent news articles on possible Victorian government developments on special legislation to block consortium compo claims due to Napthines dodgy side letter. BTW, is Joe the Hockey still crossing his fingers in futile hope this monstrosity gets built?

Guardian: East West Link: Labor admits it will have to reach compensation settlement (20 January 2015)
Some members of the consortium that was due to build Melbourne’s dumped toll road are reportedly demanding $1.2bn. Labor has backtracked on a Victorian election promise that no compensation would be paid for scrapping Melbourne’s East West Link just two months after coming to power. Before the election, Labor leader Daniel Andrews said no compensation would be paid, and the contracts “aren’t worth the paper they’re written on”. Labor wrote to the East West Connect consortium in December requesting a halt to work on the controversial road tunnel project that was approved by the previous state government.

The Age: Daniel Andrews won’t rule out using parliament to block East West Link compensation. Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent. (20 January 2015)
‘Dud project’: An artist’s impression of East-West Link, which Daniel Andrews has vowed to scrap. Premier Daniel Andrews could use special legislation to avoid paying more than $1 billion in compensation to the East West Link consortium. The state government may have to make the payments to the East West Connect consortium, as flagged by then treasurer Michael O’Brien before the election last year. On Tuesday, Mr Andrews would not rule out using legislation to avoid paying compensation. The Greens, who hold a critical five votes in the upper house, would support any such move.

ABC: East West Link: Government will not rule out legislating to avoid paying compensation (20 January 2015)
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has refused to rule out introducing legislation to avoid paying compensation over dumping Melbourne’s East West Link project. The Government is in talks with the companies contracted to build the road and has refused to discuss the amount of compensation it could be facing under the project’s secret contract. In Opposition, Mr Andrews maintained there would be no compensation payable because the contract was not valid. He said he would not rule out passing legislation to avoid paying compensation.

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