LABOR candidate for Eden-Monaro, Steve Whan has attacked the Federal Government for injecting $220 million for a new freeway in Victoria, while it is unable to find any funding for the Princes Highway.
Mr Whan has suggested Eden-Monaro needs a by-election in order to receive Federal Government funding for the Highway.
“In the last budget the Treasurer made the sudden announcement that the Howard Government had allocated $220 million to the Scoresby Freeway,” Mr Whan said.
“Surprise, surprise, the Scoresby Freeway is an important project for voters in the seat of Aston, the location of the latest critical by-election.
“I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the Government continues to make policy on the run.
“There has been so many backflips lately it’s surprising Mr Howard is not constantly dizzy.”
Mr Whan also criticised the Federal Government for not having a national strategy that would make independent assessments of road funding priorities.
“I have made it very clear that I believe the Princes Highway should be a Road of National Importance (RONI), but it would be irresponsible of Labor to promise to spend money the country does not have.”
Mr Whan said Labor’s strategy is to establish a National Infrastructure Advisory Committee which would independently assess the national transport priorities.
“That process would take into account the sort of factors that make the Princes Highway so important to our region.
“Through that process I would push hard for the Princes Highway to become a Commonwealth priority. I will do my best to get a result, but I will not make promises I can’t keep.”
The Howard Government has embarked on a desperate spending spree in the lead up to the Federal election with $20 million a month being spent on advertising, Mr Whan said.
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