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

Government maintains commitment to East West Link

Media Release

BUDGET INFRA 02/2015

12 May 2015

Joint release with:

Jamie Briggs

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The 2015 Budget is part of the Commonwealth Government's plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians.

Tonight the Commonwealth Government has reaffirmed its continuing commitment to the construction of Melbourne's East West Link, despite the Victorian Government tearing up the project contract.

The Commonwealth Government regards the much-needed East West Link as a project of national significance that will create thousands of jobs and reduce congestion for Victorians.

The Commonwealth Government will provide $3 billion to the first Victorian Government willing to build the East West Link and is, therefore, recording this commitment as a Contingent Liability in the Federal Budget tonight.

Clearly, the Victorian Government has abandoned responsible governance and created sovereign risk, which means the East West Link is being mothballed—delayed but not dead.

The Victorian Government will waste over half a billion dollars not to build this world class project but the East West Link may still be reinstated at a later date by a government willing to do the right thing by the people of Victoria.

To this end, the Commonwealth Government has revised the forward estimates, including the return of $1.5 billion of unspent funding from the Victorian Government, consistent with obligations under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Victorian Government and the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Government's commitment to providing $3 billion to build East West Link has been formalised tonight as a Contingent Liability in Statement 8 of the 2015–16 Budget Papers.

The Commonwealth Government wants to invest in major infrastructure projects of national significance in Victoria should the Victorian Government come forward with credible options.