In Question Time today Minister for Roads Ben Carroll boasted in Parliament that the Andrews Labor Government was delivering cash to fix Koo Wee Rup Road.
This is the very same commitment Labor made in 2018 before the last election and then cancelled the contract for works to begin. In April 2018 the then Minister for Roads stated when asked about Koo Wee Rup Road “With work already underway on the Western Roads Upgrade, now drivers across the city – from Werribee to Pakenham, from Doreen to Dingley – will have better roads to get home sooner.’
The Labor Government then cancelled the contracts for the south-east and now want to pat themselves on the back for reinstating the funds. It is too little too late for the families who have lost loved ones due to the failure to begin construction in Pakenham.
State Liberal Member of Parliament Brad Battin was evicted from Question Time for calling out the Labor Minister for his failures. The Minister refused to explain why the Government has done nothing on the stretch of road to fix its safety issues.
Brad Battin was proud to be evicted for standing up for the loved ones who unnecessarily died on the road.
For the Labor Minister for Roads to state that Mr Battin was ‘playing politics’ in Question Time is hypocrisy at its finest, the Minister needs to refer back to 2018 when the Labor Member for Narre Warren North and Member for Bass played politics before the last election misleading the Cardinia community Labor was going to fix the road which to this date the Labor Government has failed to do.
This is yet another example of how Daniel Andrews and Labor continually lie to win elections.
Their legacy will forever be the party that refused to fix a road the Cardinia community and thousands that drive this stretch of road have known for years was dangerous, and now people have died.
Comments attributable to Brad Battin MP:
“The Andrews Labor Government put politics ahead of safety and the Pakenham community have seen three separate deaths on this dangerous road. Cancelling a contract to fix the road to save money, and now using question time in Parliament to self-congratulate for re-instating those funds is offensive to the families left behind.”
“The Minister must release the information immediately on why Labor cancelled the contract and stopped works to fix this dangerous road. The Member for Bass has failed to address this issue or call out her own Government for tearing millions of dollars out of road upgrades to make Koo Wee Rup Road