Whilst welcoming a belated Rann Government announcement to duplicate the Southern Expressway, residents of southern suburbs will be wondering whether they can trust Mr Rann on yet another election eve promise.
“Southern suburbs residents will remember just prior to the 2006 election a $140 million promise as detailed in the Advertiser to build an underpass at the intersection of South and Sturt Roads,” Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today.
“This is yet another promise which Mr Rann has broken and yet another example of why he cannot be trusted to deliver on promises.
“South Australians will also remember Mr Rann promising an underpass along South Road beneath Port and Grange Roads, an expansion of the Mt Bold Reservoir, a tramline extension to North Adelaide, a solution to the Britannia Roundabout problem, and the prisons at Murray Bridge.
“After eight years of broken promises, most South Australians no longer trust Mr Rann and his Labor Government,” he said.
“This is especially so when, only two months ago, Transport Minister Pat Conlon told the Southern Times Messenger that there were no plans to duplicate the Southern Expressway in “the next term of government.”
“Also, only last week Southern Suburbs Minister John Hill told Aldinga residents at a public forum that the Rann Government would not be duplicating the Southern Expressway.
“There also appears to have been a massive blowout in the Rann Government’s own estimates of the costs of this project. Only seven months ago Mr Conlon’s office told the Southern Times Messenger the cost of this project was $280 million, and now he is admitting to a $90 million blowout in the costs of the project to $370 million.
“The Rann Government also appears to be in disarray over the funding for this project and, in particular, whether or not the $445 million is or is not in the current Budget forward estimates.
“The State Liberals under Isobel Redmond will duplicate the Southern Expressway.
“This announcement will be detailed later in the election campaign and after we have had a chance to look closely at the details of the Rann Government’s new costings for the project.”
And remember, it was Treasurer Kevin Foley who once said: “You do not have the moral fibre to go back on your promise. I have…” (Parliament, 15-Jun-2002)