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SEITA out of touch with community: Pearce.



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CHRIS PEARCE MP Federal Member for Aston

Media Release

SEITA OUT OF TOUCH WITH COMMUNITY: PEARCE

Claims by the South and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority that the local community was now “over the tolls debate” reflect their lack of understanding or connection with the people of the Scoresby Corridor, Aston MP Chris Pearce said today.

“The people of Aston continue to express to me in the strongest terms their ongoing opposition to tolls. I would suggest that before making claims about the local community, the South and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority might want to speak with local residents rather than taking their lines from the Bracks Government,” Mr Pearce said.

Mr Pearce said that recently reported comments by the South and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority chief executive officer reflected the commitment of the Bracks Government to use any means available to detract attention away from their broken tolls promise.

“The South and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority needs to stop acting as a local apologist and public relations agent for the Bracks Government, and focus on delivering the project - a project that continues to fall increasingly behind schedule,” Mr Pearce said.

Mr Pearce said that if the Bracks Government had invested the same amount of focus and resources in funding their commitment to the Scoresby Freeway as they have trying to divert attention away from their decision to short-change the people of the Scoresby Corridor, it would have benefited not just the local community but the entire Victorian economy.

7 July 2004

Contact: James Matheson (03) 9887 3890 or 0419 878 440

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