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To: Daniel Andrews MP, Leader of the Labor Opposition in Victoria and prospective, future Premier of Victoria
Stop the East West Link toll road from being built
We want you to rescind the contracts which have been signed by the Napthine Government for the construction of the East West Link toll road and to unconditionally commit to abandon them irrespective of their legality or enforceability, or the cost of dumping them
Why is this important?
The East West Link toll road is bitterly opposed by many sectors of the Victorian community. It promises to be the biggest generator of traffic congestion in Victoria's history. It will cost $8.6 billion to build, a record $1 billion per kilometre. No detailed information has been made public as to its feasibility or how it will be funded or paid for. A “spend” of $8.6 billion on this road project will mean that there will be no funds for public transport projects in this State for the next 10 years.
The East West Link toll road is to be constructed through Royal Park. Seven flyover roads will connect the toll road to the Tullamarine Freeway, City Link and Flemington Road. The damage to Royal Park, Melbourne’s oldest and largest park, will be catastrophic. The parkland destroyed by this roadway can never be replaced. The loss to public wellbeing, to the environment and to our liveability will never be made up.
Some 102 properties have been acquired for the project and up to another 88 more property owners in Collingwood and Parkville are awaiting acquisition notices. Over 50 more residents in Kensington will not know their fate until next June.
Economist and columnist Ken Davidson writes: “Dan Andrews says the contract [for the construction of the East West Link toll road] “will not go ahead” because it is not a legally binding document, and he pledges to “snub” the contract if elected. This provides a lot of “wriggle room” for a Labor government to allow the contract to go ahead.” (“The myth about Whitlam’s economic incompetence”, The Age 27/10/14)
The legislation enabling the State to avoid public scrutiny of these types of deals with the transport lobby and the finance industry was put in place by Victoria’s former Labor governments. Labor in government undertook infrastructure projects without disclosing the business cases for the projects or allowing adequate public scrutiny of the projects, using private public partnerships which have been outrageously expensive and exploitative of Victorian taxpayers. There is little confidence in the community that similar deals will not be done by Daniel Andrews if his team wins government in the November State elections.
The purpose of this campaign is to secure an unconditional and immediate written commitment from Victorian Labor and its leader Daniel Andrews to rescind the contracts for the building of the East West Link toll road upon taking government in the November State elections irrespective of the legality or enforceability of the contracts or the outcome of any legal proceedings challenging the legality or enforceability of the contracts or the Minister of Planning’s actions in issuing approvals for the construction of the toll road, and irrespective of the costs of rescinding the contracts.