28 April, 2016
Melbourne motorists will continue to
be stuck in gridlock traffic despite the Daniel Andrews’ increasing taxes by
20.7% since the election.
Daniel Andrews’ budget shows that
state taxes have jumped by $3.7 billion or 20.7% in just two years.
But despite this record tax increase,
the budget provided nothing to make any meaningful improvement to Melbourne’s
crippling traffic congestion.
Before the last election, Daniel
Andrews promised that the Westgate Distributor was fully funded and
shovel-ready. Eighteen months later, Melbourne motorists are yet to see a
Daniel Andrews’ plan for Hoddle
Street only involves work on just one intersection on Hoddle and Swan
Streets. It will do nothing to improve congestion and relieve frustration
for the motorists that use that road every day.
Regional Victorians continue to drive
on country roads that are literally crumbling away, Daniel Andrews’ promised $1
billion for the maintenance of these roads has failed to materialise.
As for the crippling congestion on
Punt Road, it now appears to be off Daniel Andrews’ to do list with the
government claiming the gridlock has been fixed.
Important arterial roads like
Thompsons Road in the south-east of Melbourne and Yan Yean Road in the northern
suburbs are well behind schedule with any benefits likely to be undone by the
huge growth of population in these areas.
That is why we have formed the
Victorian Population Taskforce to meet the big challenges like managing
population growth and how that creates new jobs and protects the way we
live. Every year, Victoria’s population grows by around 100,000 people and
92 per cent of that growth is in Melbourne.
Our first budget will be focused on a
whole of government approach to regionalising our population growth, taking
pressure off Melbourne and its infrastructure and growing all of our state
through an incentive based Victorian population policy. Unlike Daniel
Andrews, our budget will be about jobs, infrastructure and the way we live.