Saturday, 26 January 2013

The WestConnex $10 billion lemon. Why should future generations pay for this incompetence?

The $10 billion WestConnex lemon continues to expose the O'Farrell Liberal government as I wrote last week as a "lazy government that does not have the intellectual ability to govern NSW or solve the serious infrastructure problems that this state has." 

In a well written article in todays Sydney Morning Herald by Transport Reporter Jacob Saulwick entitled "WestConnext solution falls 8KM short", at Mr Saulwick points out: 

"The O'Farrell government's WestConnex road project faces mounting criticism because it does not actually go to Port Botany, despite being sold as a solution to the congestion in the area." 

I wrote last week that it was"beyond belief that the Commonwealth has to fund $25 million for a study because the O'Farrell government has not done the work it was elected to do." 

Remember the Liberal government is selling Port Botany Bay and Port Kembla, and every other state asset it can get its hands on, to pay off state debt so they can borrow to construct massive infrastructure projects like the WestConnex and North West Rail. The only problem is their proposals do not address how they will solve a massive congestion problem at Australia's major seaport and airport. 

Finally Mr Saulwick exposes that "the closest WestConnex goes to Port Botany is about 8 kilometres from the port, at the point where it veers north through Arncliffe on the western side of Sydney Airport." 

I am not an opposition frontbench spokesman trying to get a run in the media. I am simply trying to point out that the O'Farrell Liberal government is about to lumber the people of this state with a massive liability that will have to be paid for by future generations. A massive liability to fund a solution that will not solve the problem in a key area. In 10 years time when the public wake up and realise that Mr O'Farrell has sold them a lemon it will be too late. Mr O'Farrell will be long gone.

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