Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A message from Adam Bandt

Dear friends,

I am writing with some good news fresh from the federal budget lock-up.

The Federal Government has heeded our call and refused to fund Ballieu's dirty and expensive toll road. It's a great win for our campaign -- congratulations!

We know the State Government is ready to start drilling but it's going to be a lot harder and take a lot longer without federal backing, as Baillieu said himself tonight.

It's a boost to our campaign to bring smarter and cleaner transport 
infrastructure to Melbourne. We know there is a problem with transport in our city but the last thing we need is a private toll road from Hoddle Street right through Fitzroy, Carlton and North Melbourne to the Kensington, Docklands and Footscray 
area. Whether it's above or below ground, it will disrupt our communities without relieving the congestion.

Building the Doncaster rail link would go some way to alleviating the congestion coming in from the East and help transform Melbourne into a world-class public transport city. That's where I want our federal infrastructure dollars being spent and that's what I'll continue to campaign for.

We've still got a lot of work to do to win this campaign but I wanted to 
share this great with news as soon as I could.

Looking forward to continuing to work with you to keep Melbourne liveable,


Adam Bandt MP

Federal Member for Melbourne

Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens
And Ted Baillieu's response to the Federal budget is viewable here - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-08/ted-baillieu27s-budget-wishlist/3998714?section=vic 

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