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Media Release

Gavan O’Connor, MP

Member for Corio

Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

 

12 August 1999

 

GOVERNMENT FAILS TO DELIVER ON

PRINCES HIGHWAY FUNDING

 

Labor was today thwarted in its attempt to have the Princes Highway betwee n Melbourne and Geelong declared a road of national importance, or part of the national highway network, Member for Corio, Gavan O’Connor, said today.

 

Mr O’Connor said the Liberal and National Parties used their numbers to kill off debate on the motion in the House of Representatives.

 

“On Tuesday, Labor was successful in getting the motion through the Senate,” Mr O’Connor said.

 

“If the motion had passed in the House of Representatives, federal funding could have been made available immediately to start the urgently needed upgrade.

 

“The actions of the Liberal and National Parties today are in line with their attitude in recent years in completely ignoring the needs of the people of Geelong and others who use the highway.

 

“Labor provided the government the chance to show that it is concerned for the safety of members of the public who travel on the Princes Highway. By failing to grasp the opportunity, the government has demonstrated a clear lack of concern for public safety.

 

“How long can this government go on ignoring the fact that this highway, which carries 100,000 vehicles a day, is a vital part of our national transport infrastructure?

 

“More particularly, how long can the government go on ignoring the fact that, since 1990, there have been more than 6000 accidents on the highway, leaving 87 people dead and 1000 injured?

 

“It is to be hoped that the Liberal and National coalition government is not playing cheap politics by withholding any announcement until the Victorian state election campaign.

 

“There can be no excuse for further delay. The safety of the travelling public is at stake.”

 

 

Contact:

Bernie Eades; (02) 6213 033 or 0418 523 820

EMAIL: Gavan.OconnorMP@aph.gov.au

 

 

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