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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Page: 7469

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government) (16:04): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: Solving the east-west transportation dilemma is crucial to transport efficiency in Melbourne and the broader state. While the Victorian Labor government had no qualms destroying 7,000 jobs and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars by cancelling the East West Link project that the federal opposition leader supported, the Turnbull coalition government is keen to get on with building the infrastructure Victorians want and need. All projects of national significance in Victoria will be on the table for consideration when the Victorian government come forward with credible options. But we have to be clear: a one-sided solution to Melbourne's congestion problems is insufficient. The solution needs to solve the full east-west transportation dilemma. Any project submitted for funding consideration together with detailed business cases, including the Western Distributor and Melbourne Metro projects, will be subject to rigorous assessment by the Australian government and Infrastructure Australia.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Rice be agreed to.