Tuesday, 12th December
Mr WELLS (Rowville) (13:47:52) — This statement welcomes the announcement by the Leader of the Opposition that the Liberal-Nationals will stand up for Knox drivers and vote against Labor’s outrageous deal to extend CityLink tolls to pay for Labor’s West Gate tunnel. Knox drivers did not vote for the Premier’s West Gate tunnel project, and they definitely did not vote for a 12-year extension of tolls on the Monash Freeway. There is nothing fair about Labor’s plan to make drivers across Melbourne pay an extra $12 billion in tolls for a tunnel project they did not vote for and may never use.
The Liberal-Nationals will protect Knox drivers and vote against any Andrews Labor government proposal to amend the CityLink concession deed to extend CityLink tolls in order to fund the West Gate tunnel. Knox drivers already pay every day for Labor’s broken promise to not toll the Scoresby freeway. Labor claim they will not toll the Eastern Freeway, but there are genuine fears that the Premier will try to tax his way out of the $9.5 billion cost blowout on north-east link and slug motorists on the Eastern Freeway with a new toll.
Whether the Premier comes clean on his toll plans or not, history shows that Labor cannot be trusted to look after Knox drivers.