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 Former 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

East West Link

Media Release


15 April 2015

Joint release with:

The Hon Tony Abbott MP

Prime Minister

The Commonwealth Government is dismayed by Victoria's decision to not proceed with East West Link.

The unprecedented announcement that the Victorian Government would rather pay hundreds of millions to a consortium than build the East West Link is a massive set back to Victoria.

The Victorian Government's decision to abrogate contractual responsibilities sets a dangerous precedent for future projects and threatens further investment in much-needed infrastructure in our country.

They have damaged investor confidence in major infrastructure projects.

Australia can't afford to discourage private investment in infrastructure because government alone cannot afford to build the infrastructure that our country needs.

There is no alternative to the East West Link in Victoria.

The East West Link is the only major shovel-ready project in Victoria.

It is the only answer to easing Victoria's traffic congestion.

The Victorian Premier has today destroyed 7,000 jobs.

And the Victorian Government's actions today mean that Melbourne's daily traffic gridlock simply gets worse.

Victorians should feel let down by Daniel Andrews who promised before the election that no compensation would be paid.

The tearing up of this contract damages Victoria's reputation as a place to do business—as has been proven by revelations this week that the French and Spanish Governments have made direct representations of concern to Victoria.

The East West Link is the only answer. Tens of millions of dollars and years of planning have already been invested to get the project shovel-ready.

$3 billion from the Commonwealth Government remains on the table for any Victorian Government which wants to build the East West Link.

We will talk to the Victorian Government about other projects, but the truth is there is no other major shovel ready project in Victoria.

Victorians will suffer as a consequence of this reckless decision.