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Calder Highway.

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The Hon John Anderson MP

Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of the National Party

22 November 2002 A141/2002


The Federal Government recognises the importance of the Calder Highway and is committed to its progressive upgrading over time. However, the highway is a state arterial road and the principal responsibility for upgrading it rests with the Victorian Labor Government.

The Federal Government declared the highway a Road of National Importance (RONI) in 1996. Since then, we have allocated around $100 million to Calder Highway upgrading and planning projects.

These include the Carlsruhe Deviation, which will provide the final link in the construction of a continuous freeway-standard road from Melbourne to Kyneton. We allocated $14 million to the project in the 2002-03 Federal Budget, and construction expected to be completed by December 2003.

In 2002-03, Victoria accounted for more than half the Federal Government's expenditure on Roads of National Importance.

The Victorian Labor Government should spend more time thinking about the transport needs of regional Victorians and less time planning hero advertisements.

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