Abbott: Andrews government ‘dead’ following $420 million East West Link deal

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The Age: Abbott: Andrews government ‘dead’ following $420 million East West Link deal April 16, 2015 Josh Gordon, State Political Editor

Daniel Andrews is gambling his political future on the hope Tony Abbott will not be prime minister when it comes time to build the $11 billion Metro Rail Project.

The Prime Minister, on the other hand, has declared the Andrews government “dead” following a $420 million deal to end the East West Link contract, vowing not to abandon the controversial road.

Mr Abbott said $3 billion stumped up for both sections of the project by the Commonwealth would remain in a “locked box” for a future government to build.

“My pledge for the people of Melbourne, and Victoria, is that the $3 billion of Commonwealth dollars pledged to East West Link will remain in a locked box for the first Victorian government that is prepared to build this absolutely necessary piece of infrastructure,” Mr Abbott said.