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Monday, 2 May 2016
Page: 3975

Mr WOOD (La Trobe) (13:58): For the last 12 months I have been fighting for an upgrade of the Monash Freeway. It has been a major issue in the electorate of La Trobe. We had fantastic news recently when Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced a $1 billion upgrade plan for the Monash—precisely what was needed. The Turnbull government will deliver the following: a $500 million commitment that will include widening of the Monash Freeway, not just from the South Gippsland Highway to Clyde Road but also from Warrigal Road right down to Cardinia Road in my electorate. In addition to this, the Turnbull government will also complete the Beaconsfield interchange, which sadly has been missing two ramps since it was first constructed, and the extension of O'Shea Road from Soldiers Road to the interchange. This is fantastic news as we want to build an IT business park in this area. You compare this to the Labor plan: at a federal level, the Labor plan is just a $63 million commitment for traffic management and lights—traffic management; not even turning over any bitumen! This is a really sad state of affairs. I highly commend the Turnbull government's $1 billion plan for upgrading the Monash Freeway.

The SPEAKER: In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.