Tony Abbott should support both Victorian jobs and infrastructure by reversing his decision to cut $3 billion in funding for the Melbourne Metro, Member for Lalor Joanne Ryan has said today.
“After the devastating news that Toyota will cease production from 2017, now is the time for the Federal Government to be supporting jobs and industry,” Ms Ryan said.
“Investing $3 billion in the Metro tunnel would help workers and relieve growing pressure on our public transport network – it’s win-win.”
“I know how much this kind of investment would mean for local workers worried about their future, as well as helping residents using public transport.”
Ms Ryan said despite Mr Abbott slashing funding for the project, money had already been allocated in the existing Commonwealth budget by the former Labor Government.
“The money is ready and waiting, and this investment is just the kind of economic boost our state needs.”
“With today’s figures showing that unemployment had risen to 6.4 per cent in Victoria, the Abbott Government to stand up and support our state.”
Ms Ryan said that with rising unemployment and additional job losses across the state, it was time for the Abbott Government to act.
“Enough is enough. Mr Abbott’s stubborn refusal to invest in public transport is hurting workers, hurting infrastructure and hurting our economy.”