Victorian Labor ‘resolute’ on scrapping East West despite Europe protest

The Age: Victorian Labor ‘resolute’ on scrapping East West despite Europe protest. April 14, 2015 Richard Willingham State Political Correspondent for The Age

Victoria’s Treasurer Tim Pallas remains “resolute” in abandoning the East West Link despite protests from Europe about Labor’s treatment of Spanish and French companies involved with the multibillion-dollar project.

Mr Pallas confirmed on Tuesday morning that the French and Spanish embassies had lodged complaints with the Premier’s Parliamentary Secretary about treatment of tenderers Bouygues and Acciona.

The two governments made a joint protest to the Andrews government about Labor’s plan to cancel the controversial road project, according to a News Corp report.

“We have heard them but we remain resolute in our view, the interest of the Victorian taxpayer will be the prime consideration of this government,” Mr Pallas said as he entered parliament on Tuesday morning.

“We will work constructively with the consortium, this is not a never-ending process, and we are intending to bring this matter to a rapid conclusion.”