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.
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.
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.
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.
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