GRAHAM QUIRK: Well ladies and gentlemen I’m pleased to have with me today Minister Paul Fletcher, the Minister for Major Projects, Territories, and Local Government. We’re here at the intersection of Blunder Road and Reedy Road at Oxley.
PRESENTER: Infrastructure Australia is releasing its first 15 year plan today, outlining several bold initiatives to improve living standards and productivity. The landmark report prioritises 93 projects, including the widening of the Tullamarine Freeway and the Perth Freight Link project.
MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The Federal Government is planning to reform motor vehicle laws with the changes to come into force after the closure of Holden, Ford and Toyota plants in South Australia and Victoria. From 2018, consumers will be allowed to personally import new motor vehicles from Japan and the UK.
Topics: CityLink Tulla Widening contract award, Melbourne Metro
PAUL FLETCHER: I’m very pleased to be here at Essendon Fields with Luke Donnellan, the Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety; Trevor Boyd from VicRoads; Michael Kalinowski from Lend Lease. This is a very important project.
Topics: Norfolk Island
NICK GRIMM: Norfolk Island residents, some came something close to insurrection at a public meeting with the Australian Minister for Territories as anger boiled over there this week about the process put in place to remove its system of self-government.
Topics: Islamic State, NSW pre-selections
KRISTINA KENEALLY: Look, let’s start with the Prime Minister’s speech overnight in Washington, DC. He says that unilateral- excuse me, he said that … he made some comments about Islam, particularly about – they were in stark contrast to those of his predecessor Tony Abbott. You know, he made very clear that we should not be so delicate to say that Islam … the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, but neither should we tag all Muslims with the responsibility for the crimes of a tiny terrorist organisation. What effect do you think the PM’s language will have on Muslims in Australia as we continue this fight against Islamic State?
The days of great slabs of free Commonwealth money being handed over to states for new roads and railways is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.