House debates

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Adjournment

East West Link

4:58 pm

Photo of Gladys LiuGladys Liu (Chisholm, Liberal Party) Share this | Hansard source

It is now critically important to start building the East West Link, a road connecting two major highways in Melbourne so traffic in the city can be reduced. This project has been stalled by the Victorian government for many years, but now the need for it is greater than ever before. It will create over 3,700 jobs and ensure that Victorians are able to reduce the amount of time spent in traffic and have more productive time at work or spend more time with their families. Victorians need projects like the East West Link to create local jobs for local people and to keep our local economy ticking. The coalition have long been committed to delivering the East West Link. In May last year the Morrison government committed to delivering the eastern section of the East West Link with an increased $4 billion commitment. The Victorian government do not even need to put up a single dollar, yet they are standing in the way. People living in Chisholm and in the eastern suburbs are crying out for this project to go ahead. So our direction is clear: the East West Link must be built. It will take pressure off our major cities while supporting growth in our regions and getting people home sooner and safer. The sooner the Victorian government can get on with the job and work with us on the East West Link, the better the outcome will be for the people of Chisholm and all Victorians.

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