The Canberra Liberals will stop light rail if elected in October. Today’s announcement by the Barr government is the most arrogant act in the ACT’s history. For years we have been raising concerns about this project which are echoed by thousands of Canberrans and countless financial, transport and economic experts, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson and Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.

“Today, people could be forgiven for thinking that the government is trying to blackmail Canberrans. The government has actively worked against the best interests of ratepayers by putting the CFMEU’s and a global consortium’s interests ahead of Canberra families,” Mr Hanson said.

“This is a deceitful act of which the prime beneficiaries will be global businesses, the CFMEU and the Labor-Green Coalition,” Mr Hanson concluded.

“The full contract, including sub-contracts, must be published in full,” Mr Coe said.

“There are serious unanswered questions about the legitimacy of the contract on the back of the MOU between UnionsACT and the ACT government. These concerns have also been raised by the Canberra Metro consortium. Given this MOU seems to underpin all procurement, there are questions about the tender process for light rail which must be investigated. Therefore, the legality of this contract is potentially in doubt.

“The Canberra Liberals will stop light rail if we are elected in October. We have made our intentions clear and people can vote accordingly. If we are elected, it is because the people of Canberra have given us a clear mandate to stop this project because of the bad financial, economic and transport outcomes,” Mr Coe concluded.