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Rushing East West toll road contracts can't mask lack of social licence

Rushing East West toll road contracts can't mask lack of social licence

Responding to the Napthine Government rushing to sign contracts for the East West toll road, the Australian Greens have issued a warning to potential backers of the project.

"By rushing to sign these contract so close to the State Government going into caretaker mode, the State Government and East West contractors and financiers are exposed to massive risk," said Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt.

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Greens call for consistency on infrastructure transparency

Greens call for consistency on infrastructure transparency

The Greens have called for consistency over the recommendation for all infrastructure projects worth over $1 billion to be subject to a public cost-benefit analysis.

"If it's good enough for the NBN, it's good enough for East West Link and WestConnex," said the Greens spokesperson for Transport and Infrastructure Senator Janet Rice.

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Labor getting behind East-West tollway

Greens MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, said Labor has shown its true colours after key Labor MPs spoke out in Federal Parliament in favour of the East-West road tollway.

During a debate on Monday, former Attorney-General and Member for Gellibrand in Melbourne's inner west, Nicola Roxon, joined with former Parliamentary Secretary and Member for Corio, Richard Marles, to back the East West tunnel, subject to financing and a ‘proper process'.

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Bandt moves to block East West tollway funding

Greens Deputy Leader and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP says he will introduce legislation to block Federal funding of the East West tunnel unless the Melbourne Metro is funded first.

The legislation will amend the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 to require the Commonwealth to prioritise federal funding of rail projects already on the National Priority List, such as the Melbourne Metro, ahead of any new major metropolitan road projects such as the East West tunnel that are not even on the list.

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