RAFAEL EPSTEIN: It’s been recommended by so many people but not by politicians so all of the people who look at the roads say yeah let’s start charging people for using roads at their busiest, make it cheaper when they are at their least used, that’s the right way to do it, not rego and not tolls, the same price at every time of the day.
"A national road-pricing scheme charging motorists according to how far they drive in exchange for cheaper petrol prices and registration fees - is likely to be explored in a study commissioned by the federal government.
Ground was broken today in preparation for the first WestConnex twin tunnels linking Homebush and Haberfield, as part of the city-changing motorway.
Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher and NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay watched as a rig began foundation work at Cintra Park in Concord, the first of four tunnelling sites for the project.
NEIL MITCHELL: But I want to look at this quickly, because Daniel Andrews yesterday sort of out of nowhere put it all on the line to the Federal Government – he wants $4.5 billion to build the Metro Rail tunnel.
JON FAINE: Yesterday the Premier, Daniel Andrews, released the business case for the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, which is to basically run a second line under the city of Melbourne connecting the southeastern suburbs to the northern and western suburbs in order to take the pressure off Melbourne’s underground rail loop and take our public transport and train system into the next generation.
Legislation introduced into Parliament today will extend most Commonwealth laws to Norfolk Island, including the Fair Work Act 2009, and reform federal electoral arrangements for the territory.
Premier Andrews of Victoria today issued a media release entitled “Time for Turnbull to back Melbourne Metro,” in an evident attempt to pressure the Commonwealth into immediately handing over $4.5 billion.
STUART BOCKING: We talked a couple of weeks back, changes to the law in relation to the personal importing of new motor vehicles. Now these will be new or near-new, there are some specific criteria here: they must be no more than 12 months old, have no more than 500 kilometres on the clock