End secrecy over $3 billion East-West link

The Abbott Government has the opportunity to end the shroud of secrecy surrounding the awarding of $3 billion of Commonwealth funding for the East-West Link, Labor Senator for Victoria Kim Carr said today.

Last night the Australian Senate called on the Federal Government to produce documents relating to the East-West Link business case by July 7.

“This project has been shrouded in secrecy,” Senator Carr said.

“Commonwealth funding of $3 billion is being handed over with scant detail provided.

“The Australian people deserve more information than has been provided.

“They deserve confidence that infrastructure decisions are based on rational planning, not grubby deals to prop up an ailing Liberal government in Victoria.

“The East-West Link is a multi-billion dollar folly that has not proven to anyone that it will reduce congestion on Melbourne's roads and is not supported by the community.”

14 May 2014


Senator Kim Carr

I give notice that, two sitting days after today, I shall move that the Senate:

(1) Noting the2014/15 budget allocation of $3 billion to fund the East West Link in Melbourne and the absence of a full, public business case or any recommendation from Infrastructure Australia,

(2) that there be laid on the table in accordance with Standing order 164 by Senator Johnston representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the following papers held by Infrastructure Australia:

a) Any business case presented for Stage 1 or 2 for the East West Link project;

b) Any correspondence or submissions from the Victorian Government seeking Australian Government funding for this project;

c) Any assessment by Infrastructure Australia of the priority of this project compared to other projects.

These documents are to be tabled prior to consideration of the 2014/15 Budget Bills and no later than 7th July 2014

Senator Kim Carr
Senator for Victoria


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