Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Andrews on the wrong platform

Media Release

WT226/2014

05 November 2014

Victorian Labor leader Daniel Andrews is “whistling Dixie” if he thinks the Coalition Government will reverse its decision to not divert East West Link money to public transport or other projects, Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Warren Truss said today.

On ABC radio in Melbourne this morning Mr Andrews implied he might be able to sweet-talk Prime Minister Abbott into helping fund his plan to expand the urban rail network if he won the election.

“Mr Andrews dramatically overstates his negotiating skills,” Mr Truss said.

“The oft-repeated Commonwealth position could not be clearer, but for Mr Andrews' sake here is precisely what the Prime Minister said on his very recent visit to Victoria:

‘These funds are available for one purpose and one purpose only and that is to build East West Link and if Daniel Andrews—or Dan Andrews—is not prepared to spend the money on East West Link, as he says he is not, well, that money will not be forthcoming.’