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Costello clutches $540 million while Vic dockyard workers cling to their jobs.

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Kelvin Thomson MP Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Roads; Housing and Urban Development Federal Member for Wills


1 June 2005

Costello clutches $540 million while Vic dockyard workers cling to their jobs

Peter Costello continues to withhold more than half a billion dollars of Victorian transport infrastructure funding despite the risk to jobs at the Williamstown dockyard and the release of a new study advocating major upgrades to Melbourne's choked transport arteries.

The decision to build the new destroyers in Adelaide puts 1200 jobs at the Williamstown Dockyards at risk.

The Committee for Melbourne has also this morning released a plan highlighting the fact road capacity constraints and transport congestion are seriously impacting on the region's liveability and investment.

It's not just about Melbourne; it's also about access to the State's economic and cultural hub for regional Victorians and enhancing our interstate freight links.

Peter Costello and the Howard Government, having cheerfully accepted tolls in other parts of the country are trying to drag this issue out to politically assist the Victorian Liberal Party at the expense of Victorian motorists.

It is time to face the facts and get on with the job of upgrading Victoria's road infrastructure and stimulating investment and jobs growth in Victoria.

Mr Costello simply needs to travel into town through Deer Park during peak hour to understand the community's frustration. His attempt to assist his struggling Victorian Liberal colleagues is damaging Victorian motorists and wasting an opportunity to provide construction jobs in Victoria.

/Ends Canberra 1/06/2005

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