Despite the Treasurer’s characterisation of the 2019-20 State Budget as one “of hard choices”, the Andrews Labor Government has made the choice to reject $4 billion on offer from the Federal Liberal Nationals Government to build the desperately needed East West Link.
In Question Time today, Treasurer Tim Pallas stated “I’ll be clear, we are not building this road.”
The East West Link would not cost the Victorian Budget a single cent, yet Daniel Andrews is calling the $4 billion on offer “a piece of paper and a few words.”
Infrastructure experts, including Infrastructure Australia and Infrastructure Victoria, all agree that the East West Link needs to be built.
With the North East Link set to put 100,000 extra vehicles onto the already congested Eastern Freeway, the need for the East West Link has never been greater.
Daniel Andrews is effectively being offered a free road. Having wasted $1.3 billion of taxpayers’ money on ripping up East West Link once, it would be sheer bloody-mindedness for the Andrews Labor Government to turn their back on $4 billion now.