Liberal Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja has today slammed The Greens announcement that they will commit $400 million to light rail in Canberra as being completely out of touch.
“We know that a clear majority of Canberrans do not support light rail and do not see it as a priority for our city,” Senator Seselja said today.
“When I meet people out in the community, overwhelming they tell me they want to see real investment in roads, community safety, affordable housing, funding for education and health, support for small business, real solutions to clean up our environment and economic stability.
“Instead of focussing on real issues, the Greens have chosen to support Shane Rattenbury and his Labor colleagues with their vanity project- light rail.
“The Greens have not made any announcements relating to health, education, the economy, roads or even anything substantial on the environment. Instead Christina Hobbs has decided the light rail is the number one priority for all of Canberra, clearly she is not talking to Canberra families.
“I have delivered solutions to these real local issues over the last few years including keeping 2000 jobs in Tuggeranong, 3000 jobs in Belconnen, a record $5 million for safer roads, $470,000 to help young people at risk of criminal or anti-social behaviour, $2.86 million for Ice treatment services, more opportunities for affordable housing and $76 million to clean up Lake Tuggeranong, Lake Ginninderra and Lake Burley Griffin. On top of that we have promised that a re-elected Liberal Government will be the first to move a full government agency to the Gungahlin Town Centre and invest in the future expansion of the Monaro Highway.
“This is the kind of investment people want to see for Canberra but clearly the Greens are living in fantasy land with their local colleagues.
“I’m extremely disappointed by this display of contempt by Christina Hobbs and the Greens and will be further making the case that only a Coalition Government will protect hard-working Canberrans.
“It is a clear choice on Saturday, voting for the Greens is voting for light rail.” Senator Seselja concluded.