Resident to ask High Court for East West Link injunction

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The Age: Resident to ask High Court for East West Link injunction, September 26, 2014, Jane Lee, Legal Affairs Reporter for The Age

Brunswick resident Anthony Murphy. Photo: Justin McManus

Brunswick resident Anthony Murphy is taking his fight to prevent the state government from signing contracts to start building the East West Link to the High Court.

Mr Murphy maintains the state should not be able to sign contracts with its preferred bidder, the East West Connect consortium, because it has misrepresented the road’s economic benefits to the public in breach of consumer law.

The Supreme Court rejected this argument and dismissed his case against the state and its Linking Melbourne Authority. The Court of Appeal is deciding whether the case should be heard again and is due to hand down its ruling at 10am on Monday.

The court refused to grant Mr Murphy an injunction blocking the government from signing the contracts beyond that time.

On Friday afternoon, the High Court granted Mr Murphy special leave to challenge that decision before the full High Court on October 17.

A spokesman for Mr Murphy’s lawyers said the state had assured the court it would not sign the contracts before noon on Monday.

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