ANGELA COX: It has been a mammoth week as Parliament sat for the last time before the scheduled May 10 Budget, including a record-breaking 40 hour Senate debate where we even saw pyjamas come out. Now for the latest we’re joined by Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher and Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare.
Work is underway on constructing a new dedicated northbound exit lane from the Mitchell Freeway between Cedric Street and Karrinyup Road in north Perth.
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.