Media Release

09 December 2015

O’Brien: VAGO report on EWL

Wednesday 9 December 2015

VAGO report on EWL

Before the election Daniel Andrews promised Victorians there would be no compensation payable by tearing up the East West Link contract.

The Auditor-General now estimates the total cost of Daniel Andrews’ decision to tear up the East West Link contract is $1.1 billion.

Does anyone believe that if Daniel Andrews went to the last election promising to tear up the East West Link contract at a cost of $1.1 billion, that he would have won the election?

If Daniel Andrews told Victorians before the election that he would tear up the East West Link contract at a cost of $1.1 billion, he would not be Premier today.

Victorians were lied to by Daniel Andrews.

The cost of Daniel Andrews’ $1.1 billion lie could have built a brand new Royal Children’s Hospital or 91 brand new primary schools or around 80 brand new 24-hour police stations.

Having wasted $1.1 billion to not build a road, Daniel Andrews is now asking the Turnbull Government to give him another $1 billion to build the Western Distributor – a project Labor did not take to the election – and which remains unfunded.

Before the election on the Neil Mitchell program, Daniel Andrews said: “There’ll be no compensation paid, because these arrangements are not valid, they’re not worth the paper they are written on.”

Daniel Andrews lied.