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Brown rejects Greiner government's grab for motorists' cash



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7 May 1991 195/91

BROWN REJECTS GREINER GOVERNMENT'S GRAB FOR MOTORISTS' CASH

Federal Land Transport Minister Bob Brown today rejected a proposal by the NSW Greiner Government to impose a toll on the F4 Western Freeway in Sydney.

Mr Brown said that imposition of a toll would place an unfair burden on residents of Parramatta and other western suburbs, and would lead to unacceptably high volumes of traffic through adjacent streets as drivers sought to avoid the toll booths.

”This is an appalling example of ordinary motorists being slugged twice for the one section of highway — once to construct it and again to use it," Mr Brown said outside Parliament.

"The Greiner Government wants to levy a toll to accelerate State Government work associated with a project that the Federal Government has fully funded under the Australian Bicentennial Road Development Program.

"Under the ABRD Act, States are required to seek my consent to impose a toll which will affect Federally-funded work. In this case, the Greiner Government is asking commuters in Sydney’s western suburbs to unfairly shoulder a burden not borne by the wider community.

"I will not agree to this proposal. I am not convinced that the social costs to the local community will be outweighed by the benefits of fast-tracking this section of connecting road through the use of tolls rather than conventional

State funding."

Earlier today, in Federal Parliament, Mr Brown provided further reasons for rejecting the Greiner Government's proposed toll.

A copy of Mr Brown's remarks during Question Time will be available later this afternoon.

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