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Senate demands end to secrecy on East West toll road

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Adam Bandt 2 Dec 2013

A Greens motion to force the tabling of all documents that Infrastructure Australia has on the East-West toll road was passed today by the Senate.

Infrastructure Australia confirmed recently in Senate Estimates that the Victorian Government is yet to provide its full business case for the East West Link despite the Commonwealth Government planning to pour $1.5 billion into the toll road. It also confirmed that the new government had not asked it for advice on the East West link.

“The Senate today supported a Greens motion that will lift the veil of secrecy on the Coalition’s East West toll road,” said Senator Di Natale, who moved the Order for the Production of Documents.

“The Victorian and Federal Governments want to start paving the East West toll road without any proper public scrutiny. Tony Abbott promised to lead a transparent government but of course the Abbott Government has turned out to be about as transparent as a brick wall.

“On every issue, from climate change and education to infrastructure, Tony Abbott is determined to hide the evidence, deny the facts and ram through his reckless agenda. Today the Senate has said, 'enough is enough'."

Australian Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said that the secrecy around the toll road was astounding.

“It is shocking that the government’s key infrastructure advisor has yet to see the full business case for the East-West toll road,” said Mr Bandt.

“The government is trying to keep its business case secret because it knows the economics of the toll road don’t add up.

“Well now we will know exactly what the Napthine government is saying to the key government adviser on Infrastructure.”

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Text of motion
The Senate orders that there be laid on the table by Infrastructure Australia or by the Infrastructure Coordinator by noon on Wednesday December 11 all documents in relation to the East West Link project provided to Infrastructure Australia by the Victorian Government, in particular but not restricted to the full business case.

Media Contacts
Andrew Blyberg (Senator Di Natale) – 0457 901 600
Damien Lawson (Adam Bandt) – 0487 900 005

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