YCAT calls on opposition leader Daniel Andrews to use his unique position in the parliament to kill off the loathed East-West Link.
The State budget can now only be passed with the support of the Opposition. Mr Andrews has given a commitment to pass it. The budget provisions for the East-West link will put Victorians in debt and disarray to pay for a project Mr Andrews has called a dog.
At the same time he has given comfort to the road lobby and investment banks by saying he would honour any contracts signed. Mr. Andrews, you have the opportunity to kill this project now, by making your support of the budget conditional that the East West link be deferred to an election and demand the release of the business case.
Victorians are wondering whether the Labor party really supports this project but doesn’t want the opprobrium of being held responsible for it. Now the opposition has shared responsibility for the continuance of this mad scheme.
We commend Mr. Andrews for acting like a statesman, and putting the interest of Victorians ahead of party political gain. The Liberal government would no doubt also be relieved to have this unpopular, rushed and badly conceived project taken out of their hands.
At least let Victorians vote on it and save the exit fees from rushed contracts.
From Adam Bandt: BREAKING NEWS: Victorian Labor leader Daniel Andrews is set to back the East-West toll road. Sign the Greens’ petition now to ensure this doesn’t happen.
With the Victorian parliament in disarray, the Napthine government is relying on Labor to pass their budget. Victorian Labor leader Daniel Andrews has indicated that Labor will give its support, meaning Labor is set to back the East-West toll road.
What happens over the next few days could determine whether the East-West toll road is built.
The Liberal Premier, Denis Napthine, said today “Mr Andrews has now committed for the first time to support the budget, despite previous statements opposing East West Link … Accordingly, when Parliament resumes next week, the Government will move to complete debate and pass the budget, so that work can proceed”.
However, there is another way.
Labor could put a condition on its support for the Liberals and demand the toll road contracts not be signed before the election.
That way, the toll road wouldn’t proceed and there would be more money available to invest in clean, fast and efficient public transport.
We need to put pressure on Labor to take a stand.
You have stood with us to fight the East-West toll road each step of the way. Let’s now demand Labor leader Daniel Andrews use his new found power to stand up to Tony Abbott and the Victorian government and stop the East-West toll road.
Sign the petition now at ellensandell.com/eastwest.
Thanks for standing with us.