Victoria Minister for Roads Terry Mulder
Federal Election Results Show Strong Support For East West Link
Victor P Taffa
The large swing to the Coalition in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs shows strong support for the East West Link project, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said today.
“Yesterday’s federal election results saw big swings to the Coalition in Melbourne’s east, showing even stronger support for Coalition members and two Labor members being turfed out.” Mr. Mulder said.
“We’ve known there have been some very vocal supporters of the East West Link among business and freight organisations, but now we are hearing from the silent majority who support this vital nation-building project.”
“This is great news for everyone who can see the absolute need for the East West Link.”
It is terrible news for Victorian Labor, which made the reckless decision to oppose this vial project.”
As at Sunday, strong support for the Coalition included swings in:
- Menzies, 5% swing to Coalition (Doncaster, Donvale, Templestowe, Warrandyte, Park Orchards);
- Kooyong, 3% swing to Coalition (Balwyn North, Kew, Hawthorn, Camberwell);
- Casey, 4.7% swing to Coalition (Chirnside Park, Lilydale, Mooroolbark, Healesville, Yarra Junction and Warburton);
- Aston, 7.3% swing to Coalition (Bayswater, Wantirna, Knoxfield, Scoresby, Lysterfield and Rowville. Also includes parts of Boronia and Ferntree Gully).
Two Labor seats that fell to the Coalition include:
- Deakin, 3% swing to Coalition (Blackburn, Mitcham, Croydon);
- La Trobe, 5.1% swing to Coalition (Berwick, Emerald, Officer).
“We also saw a massive swing of more than 8% against Labor in Jagajaga (Ivanhoe, Heidelberg, Watsonia, Montmorency, Eltham, Kangaroo Ground, North Warrandyte and parts of Greensborough).” Mr. Mulder said.
Mr. Mulder said the Abbott Government’s pledge of $1.5 Billion meant it was all systems go for the East West Link, which will create more than 3,200 jobs.
“I look forward to working with the federal Coalition Government to build the East West Link to help bust congestion, improve Victoria’s productivity and connectivity and make local roads safer.” Mr. Mulder said.