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Tolls remain on the Scoresby Freeway.

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Media Release John Anderson Deputy Prime Minister • Leader of The Nationals Minister for Transport and Regional Services

Tolls Remain on the Scoresby Freeway

A133/2003 31st October 2003

The Victorian Government is still determined to impose tolls on the Scoresby Freeway despite today’s sneaky announcement, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said today.

Mr Anderson was responding to the announcement by the Victorian Government that the extension of the Ringwood Bypass would be toll-free.

“The Victorian Labor Government knows they are in deep trouble about their decision to impose tolls on the Scoresby Freeway, despite their election promises and their signed agreement with the Australian Government.

“That’s why the Victorian Transport Minister made his sneaky announcement today. He is hoping that he can trick the residents of Eastern Melbourne into thinking that the state government has made a major concession.

“The residents of Eastern Melbourne won’t be tricked. Today’s announcement will not remove tolls from a single centimetre of the Scoresby Freeway, because the Ringwood Bypass extension is not and has never been part of the freeway.

“For our part, the Australian Government is ready to invest a further $420 million in the Scoresby Freeway. Our total commitment is $445 million, including the amount we have spent so far.

“The funds will be released after Victoria reverses its decision to impose tolls on the freeway,” Mr Anderson said.

Media contact: Bill McKinley 02 62777680 / 0407 701 034