8 August, 2017
Today I want to bring the attention of the house to this wasteful Labor government's spend of over $20 million on advertising and propaganda, which is being used in a vain attempt to convince residents that the flawed sky rail project is actually a good thing. I remind the house that residents on the Frankston and Pakenham lines were deceived by the Andrews Labor government. The sky rail project is one that no-one voted for because, frankly, local residents do not want to have a 9-metre elevated rail line literally in their backyards.
Commuters have been bribed with coffees, muffins, cupcakes, fruit, pizzas, sports drinks, lollies, ice-creams and even barbecues in an attempt to appease them during the implementation of this chaotic and rushed project. This government has even stooped to bringing propaganda into local schools, with primary school children being forced to colour in designs for sky rail and watch Lego models of the construction being built to put on display.
The level crossing removal project has already had a budget blowout of almost $1 billion, a blowout confirmed by the Treasurer during estimates hearings — another example of a major project botched by this Labor government. Rather than investing $20 million in projects that will actually help ease congestion on our roads, this government prefers to waste Victorians' money on bribes of coffee, lollies and Lego models. No amount of propaganda is going to convince residents that sky rail is a good thing, and those residents will have their say in November next year.