Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Canberra Liberals vote against Capital Metro funding

Scrooge McDuck: The Expert
by Carl Barks

Local freebie magazine City News has an online story titled 'Liberals trumpet their impotence as Capital Metro rumbles past them' carrying a press releases from the Canberra Liberals. What the story and press release does not mention is that the funding will be passed, as the Government has a majority in the Assembly, the support of Green MLA Shane Rattenbury.

From the article:

“In the ACT Legislative Assembly debate today on the 2014-15 Budget, the Canberra Liberals spoke against the largest capital works project to ever be constructed by the ACT government,” Mr Coe said.

“The government’s mismanagement of the Cotter Dam, Gungahlin Drive Extension (GDE), and numerous other projects gives the opposition no confidence of the government’s ability to spend taxpayers’ money wisely.

“Given the government’s poor history, the bad patronage forecasts and escalating costs, the Canberra Liberals cannot support the appropriation of funds for light rail.

“The Canberra Liberals will do everything possible to prevent the ACT from spending up to $1 billion, or $6,500 per household, on a project that could then cost us $100 million per year in on-going expenses for a service used by less than 1 percent of the population to commute to and from work,” Mr Coe concluded.

To read the story online click here.

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