Victoria Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure David Hodgett
Daniel Andrews Puts The Handbrake On Motorists
Victor P Taffa
Australian Automobile Association’s first annual congestion report shows what every Victorian already knew that Melbourne’s traffic congestion is out of control and the worst in Australia, Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure David Hodgett said.
“Labor has been in government for 15 of the last 19 years but failed to plan for population growth and now every Melbourne motorist is paying the price.”
Road Congestion in Australia report reveals that average speeds are slowing at record rates across Melbourne with average annual speed for motorists dropping from 65.3 km/h to 59.9 km/h.
“If Premier Daniel Andrews hadn’t cancelled the East West Link contract, costing taxpayers $1.3 billion, this important road would now be close to completion.” Shadow Minister Hodgett said.
“Melbourne is jam packed but only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to decentralise our population.”
“With Melbourne’s population now 5 Million people and growing at an average of around 2,700 a week, it’s going to get worse unless we start taking action now to decentralise our jobs and our population.”
That’s why the Liberal/Nationals Coalition have developed a comprehensive strategy to unclog Melbourne’s roads and transport plus build European-style high speed rail links across Victoria.
“Our decentralisation plan ticks every box unclogging major arterial roads, metropolitan rail extensions to growth areas, new highways and building the fastest passenger rail in Australia.” Shadow Minister Hodgett said.
“By contrast, Daniel Andrews and Labor have announced a ring rail project that will cost around $70 Billion that at best will take over 30 years to build and will result in massive tax increases on Victorian families.”
Despite promising 4 years ago to not introduce any new taxes, Daniel Andrews has since slugged Victorians with 12 new or higher taxes. Every Victorian knows he will raise taxes again to pay for this $70 Billion proposal.
Melbourne’s population squeeze is putting enormous stress on housing affordability, roads, public transport, schools and hospitals and that negatively impacts everyone’s quality of life.
“Victoria needs population growth but it needs to be the right growth in the right places at the right time. We can’t afford another 4 more years of Premier Daniel Andrews unplanned, unmanaged population growth.” Shadow Minister Hodgett said.
Victoria State Election will be held on 24 November 2018.