Transport infrastructure (15.10.2014)

Written on the 15 October 2014

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- Last week a community forum was held in Carnegie with the Minister for Public Transport and the Liberal candidate for Oakleigh, Theo Zographos, in attendance.

More than 50 local residents and community members attended the forum where Minister Mulder gave an in-depth overview of the work being done in his portfolio area, including the upgrade of the Cranbourne and Pakenham rail corridor. This $2 billion to $2.5 billion project will deliver significant benefits not only to commuters on that rail line but also to motorists who will benefit from the level crossing removals that have been identified with this project, including those at Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena and at Koornang Road, Carnegie.

I note that the Labor candidate for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos, has made the assertion that Labor will remove a number of frustrating level crossings including those two mentioned. He is a little late with his messaging. This issue has been frustrating commuters for years. The current member for Oakleigh had 11 years to bring this issue to the attention of the government of which she was a member and did nothing about it. The residents of Oakleigh know that only a coalition government has the ability and track record to deliver projects on time and on budget. They remember the disastrous legacy of Labor's projects -- the desalination plant, myki and the north-south pipeline, to name just a few -- and the enormous amount of money that those projects cost Victorian taxpayers.Victorians cannot trust Labor. Daniel Andrews, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, has proved that by stating he will rip up the east-west link contracts if Labor is elected on 29 November.

And what is to stop him ripping up other contracts and creating uncertainty in the Victorian economy, which will drive jobs and investment out of the state? His decision on the east-west link is irresponsible and designed to appease a few. The coalition government, by contrast, is economically responsible and governs for all Victorians.

I look forward to the Cranbourne-Pakenham rail corridor project commencing and, like many other Victorians across the state, I look forward to the commencement of the east-west link, the construction of which will create thousands of jobs and which will ease traffic congestion.

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