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Labor proves they can't be trusted on the Scoresby.



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Labor proves they can't be trusted on the Scoresby

Aston MP Chris Pearce today condemned the Bracks Government for their latest unprincipled backflip - their decision to impose tolls on all vehicles on the Scoresby Freeway.

Mr Pearce said that this public betrayal of the people of Melbourne’s outer east by the Bracks Government marked the lowest point to date of the Bracks Government’s appalling three-year track record on the Scoresby Freeway.

“The people of Melbourne’s outer east have been increasingly frustrated with the mismanagement of the Scoresby Freeway project by the Bracks Government, and now must face the deceit of tolls which were explicitly ruled out by Premier Bracks in the lead-up to last year’s election”, Mr Pearce said.

“It is not our policy, we won’t have tolls”, Premier Bracks, Herald Sun, 25 September 2002.

“The Bracks Government is seeking to short-change the people of Melbourne’s outer east by attempting to divert $345 million of federal funding from a local road project to other parts of Victoria and as a reward, impose tolls on local residents”, Mr Pearce said.

Mr Pearce reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to the Scoresby Freeway, as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding, including its current funding contribution of $445 million.

“If this atrocious decision is not overturned, the new Labor members elected only last year will have already failed in their duty to their local community”, Mr Pearce said.

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14 April, 2003