These projects make nice headlines but do nothing to create jobs

Posted on 02. May, 2012 in News

The Baillieu Government’s major infrastructure projects are not likely to be built for more than 10 years, if ever, Shadow Minister for Major Projects and Infrastructure Tim Pallas said today. Mr Pallas said there was no guarantee the proposed east-west link connection from the Eastern Freeway to CityLink and the Western Ring Road or the Port of Hastings would see the light of day as the Baillieu Government projects would cost tens of billions of dollars.

Mr Pallas said the proposed Melbourne Metro rail tunnel project would cost tax payers billions of dollars and take years to complete.

“The real risk for Victorian families is the Baillieu Government would need to introduce major tax hikes, large tolls or send the state into major deficit to pay for these projects as Federal funding is not guaranteed,” Mr Pallas said.

“These budget projects make nice headlines but do nothing to create jobs or ease road congestion now.

“It’s disappointing that in just 18 months we’ve gone from being the jobs and infrastructure engine room of the Australian economy to an economic Titanic – sunk by Captain Baillieu.

“You can’t deliver these projects without funding to commence works and this budget does not have funding allocated to start construction.

“The Baillieu Government has wasted the past 18 months and now all Victorians will pay for the delays.

“Victorians expected the Baillieu Government to deliver infrastructure projects that create jobs and investment now, not proposals that may not be delivered for 10 to 20 years.”


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