Auditor General critical on WestConnex spending

The criticism echoes earlier ones relating to Melbourne's East-West Link and the Perth Freight Link. "The latest report confirms the Coalition misled ...

Election jitters jeopardise WestConnex funding

Community opposition to Sydney's WestConnex motorway is creating headaches for politicians. Sarah Keayes

Community opposition to Sydney’s WestConnex motorway is creating headaches for politicians.
Sarah Keayes

AFR: Election jitters jeopardise WestConnex funding as national audit gets under way by Jenny Wiggins

Australia’s biggest infrastructure project, Sydney’s $16.8 billion WestConnex motorway, pledges to “ease congestion, create jobs and connect communities”.

But instead of bringing people together, WestConnex is tearing them apart, with politicians launching attacks on one another ahead of the federal election as the motorway’s merits come under fresh scrutiny by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Projects Minister Paul Fletcher on Friday accused federal Labor of hitting “reverse gear” on its previous strong commitment to the motorway, highlighting the $1.8 billion committed by the then Labor government in the 2013 budget and former infrastructure minister Anthony Albanese’s claims that it would improve the quality of life for people in western Sydney.

“But that was before his seat of Grayndler was affected by 2015 Federal Redistribution in NSW, exposing Albanese to a significant challenge from the Greens,” Mr Fletcher said, adding this had led to a “marked change” in position, with Albanese now promising not to spend any more federal money on WestConnex if Labor is elected. Continue Reading…

Submission on the establishment of a National Integrity Commission

In April 2016, WestCONnex Action Group joined forces with Victoria’s Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport and WA’s Rethink the Link to make a submission to the Senate Committee on the establishment of a National Integrity Commission. We supported it on the basis that a federal anti-corruption body would be well-placed to investigate issues related to WestCONnex, the East West Link and Perth Freight Link. This was our joint cover letter. Continue Reading…

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