Junkee: Angry Young Labor Members Have Launched A Pretty Excellent Meme War Against The Greens By Meg Watson
Earlier this week, the controversial East West Link toll road planned by Denis Napthine’s Victorian government was officially put to rest. The new Labor Premier Daniel Andrews settled to pay the consortium $339 million to bow out of the project, and delivered the news to the state.
Though that kind of payment with taxpayers’ money is obviously not a perfect result, it’s good news for the thousands of Victorians who rallied against the project for the last few years. And, when discussing the news on Facebook, Premier Andrews tried to soften the blow by revealing the original project would have in fact cost a whopping $10.7 billion if it had gone ahead. He also announced that money would soon be redirected towards the government’s upcoming Melbourne Metro rail tunnel — a hugely ambitious subway system that will run through the city centre.
Anyone who has hopped on whatever rickety old tram, train and canoe combo that takes you from North Melbourne to South Yarra will tell you that this is a big deal, so Labor were rightfully celebrating by ferociously patting themselves on the back for it.