Michael Sukkar MP

Federal Member for Deakin
Assistant Treasurer
Minister for Housing
Minister for Homelessness, Social and Community Housing
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Constituency Statements: Building the East West Link

Another year draws to a close, and traffic in Melbourne is worse than ever before. Thanks to the reckless decision of Daniel Andrews and Bill Shorten 18 months ago to cancel the contracts for the East West Link, you can be sure that traffic will be worse again this time next year and again the year after that. Report after report continue to confirm what residents in my electorate already know—the Eastern Freeway is the most congested and costliest stretch of road in Victoria. Without decisive action, congestion in Victoria will soon cost our Victorian economy $9 billion in lost productivity. Labor’s decision to spend more than $1.2 billion of taxpayers’ money not to build the East West Link will be the albatross that hangs around their necks for years to come.

I want to assure residents and businesses in my electorate that our campaign to build the East West Link will be back in 2017, stronger, bigger and louder than ever before. I also want to remind them that we still have $3 billion on the table from the federal government for the completion of this crucial project, and it is high time that Daniel Andrews, Bill Shorten and the Labor Party got out of the way and allowed us to spend the money to build the East West Link and alleviate traffic congestion in the wonderful state of Victoria.

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