Andrews on the wrong platform
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.’