East West Link contracts signed

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Lateline: East West Link contracts signed. Emma Alberici. 29 September 2014

The Victorian government has signed the contracts for its controversial eight billion dollar East West Link just hours after winning a legal challenge in the High Court.

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EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The Victorian State Government has signed the contracts for its controversial $8 billion toll road hours after winning a legal challenge in the High Court.

A resident opposing the development sought the court-imposed delay.

The Victorian Government and the consortium building the road argued the delay in signing contracts would cost taxpayers $435,000 a week.

ANTHONY MURPHY, EAST WEST LINK OPPONENT: Obviously it’s disappointing. We were denied the – an injunction today in the High Court.

EMMA ALBERICI: The State Government denies the contracts have been rushed through.

DENIS NAPTHINE, VICTORIAN PREMIER: We’ve always said we were going to have the contracts signed by October and that’s always been our schedule.

EMMA ALBERICI: However, the East West Link faces another legal hurdle. The Court of Appeal has granted the applicant a retrial in his bid to access the Government’s business case for the project.

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