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Pearce questions local commitment of Labor MPs.



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Pearce questions local commitment of Labor MPs

Aston MP Chris Pearce today challenged Labor MPs in the Scoresby Corridor to demonstrate their action on behalf of the local community to ensure that the Bracks Government honours its commitments on the Scoresby Freeway and reverses its appalling decision to impose tolls.

“The local community deserve more than rhetoric and excuses from their local MPs, they deserve action. That’s why I have been working hard to get a better outcome for the local community, rather than simply peddle weak excuses while claiming to represent the community”, Mr Pearce said.

Since the Bracks Government’s latest backflip on April 14, Chris Pearce has worked tirelessly to seek a reversal of the decision including: · Meeting and speaking with neighbouring Federal MPs to reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to building the freeway without tolls; · Writing to Premier Bracks and asking the Victorian Government to reconsider their decision; · Writing to the State Opposition to seek their support; · Writing to all local councils in Aston to seek their support, as well as meeting and speaking with individual councillors; · Informing local residents about the latest developments through a community newsletter delivered to every household in Aston; · Hosting a public meeting to update local residents and businesses and to enable them to have their say; · Voicing community concerns through a series of media releases; and · Launching a petition to help the local community ensure their voice is heard by the Bracks Government; and · Speaking with hundreds of constituents about this important local issue.

“The key question is what action have the local Labor MPs taken, in the interests of the local community, to fight for the reversal of the Bracks Government’s unprincipled backflip”, Mr Pearce said.

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7 May, 2003