Pallas and Andrews hypocrites on highway funding
Premier Daniel Andrews and Treasurer Tim Pallas are being labelled hypocrites for their response to the federal budget, which confirms the Federal Nationals contribution of $132 million to the final stages of the Princes Highway duplication.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien was responding to yet another media statement from the Treasurer complaining about a lack of federal infrastructure funding for Victoria.
“There is $132 million of federal infrastructure funding on the table for the Victorian Government to complete the Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale.
“And yet the State Government refuses to put up it’s $33 million share of that project and now has the gall to complain about federal infrastructure spending.
“The people of Gippsland are sick of the politicking on infrastructure and this project in particular, they just want to see it finished.”
Mr O’Brien said State Labor failed to make an election commitment towards the Princes Highway duplication and has indicated it won’t be in this months state budget.
“Tim Pallas and Daniel Andrews have an opportunity on budget day later this month to put their money where their mouth is.
“They can continue to falsely claim a lack of funding support for roads from the Federal Government, or they can actually get on with the project that all Gippslanders want to see finished.
“A $33 million investment to match the contribution from the Federal Government would see this important project finished once and for all.
“Duplicating the highway will improve road safety, make our region a more attractive place to live and invest, improve freight efficiency and boost tourism in the region.
“Rather than pointing the finger, Tim Pallas and Daniel Andrews need to look in the mirror and stump up the cash to get this project finished.”
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, pictured with Federal Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, is again calling on the State Government to fund the final stages of the Princes Highway duplication.