Posted on 20. Aug, 2010 in News

On 11 June, 2008, Ted Baillieu promised the Victorian people he would progressively announce his transport strategy and exactly 800 days later Victoria is still waiting for the lazy Opposition leader to stop opposing everything and stand for something.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas questioned when Mr Baillieu would pull his attention away from his massive shareholdings and start to deliver a transport policy.

“The Brumby Labor Government is delivering our $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan so people can spend more time with family and friends and less time in traffic,” Mr Pallas said.

“In June 2008, during the Kororoit by-election, Mr Baillieu promised to progressively announce a transport strategy – but all he’s done since then is threaten to scrap billions of dollars in key transport projects.

“Mr Baillieu and the Liberal National Opposition have shown they do not understand or respect real Victorians. We know what they oppose, but what do they stand for?

“Mr Baillieu is lazy and weak and has never had to take a tough decision in his life, and it shows. While the Brumby Labor Government has a plan for transport in Victoria, the Opposition has no vision and is not prepared to do the hard work for Victorian families.”

Mr Pallas said in the last 800 days Government had worked to deliver Victorians the best transport network in Australia, with funding allocated for more than $10 billion worth of projects.

In the last 800 days the Brumby Labor Government has:

  • Delivered ten of 38 new X’Trapolis trains into the metropolitan rail service;
  • Opened new lanes on the Monash Freeway and new West Gate Freeway ramps as part of the $1.39 billion M1 Upgrade;
  • Started work on the toll-free $759 million Peninsula Link project; opened three stages of the Geelong Ring Road, completed the Deer Park Bypass and started works on the $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road upgrade;
  • Returned passenger rail services to Maryborough, started construction on the Sunbury metro rail electrification and early works are underway on the new South Morang rail line;
  • Rolled out Melbourne’s first ever public bike hire scheme; and
  • Removed the level crossing at Springvale Road in Nunawading, completed the Calder Highway upgrade and started works on the Nagambie Bypass and the Western Highway at Anthony’s Cutting.


Mr Pallas said over the last 800 days the weak Mr Baillieu had failed to meet his promise to Victorians to release a transport strategy.

“After seven years of neglecting transport and shutting down transport services in the 1990s, the Opposition is now refusing to tell Victorians what they have in store,” he said.

“Mr Baillieu needs to do more than just oppose our $38 billion transport plan – he needs to produce his promised transport policy and guarantee he won’t tear up contracts currently underway with local businesses.”

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