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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Labor fighting to keep details of Hoddle Street project secret

The Andrews Labor Government will today be asked to explain why it should be able to keep modelling for its $110 million new Streamlining Hoddle Street project, which included the infamous P turn intersection at Swan Street and Punt Road in Richmond, secret.

The case before VCAT today will hear why the Andrews Labor Government has refused to release traffic modelling around the intersection; information that should have been made available through Freedom Of Information but was blocked.

The Liberal Nationals first asked for this information in State Parliament in March last year, and also lodged a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. This FOI request has been blocked by the Andrews Labor Government despite a ruling by the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner to release the information.

The project was $50 million over its original $60 million budget and cost Victorians almost $110 million.

The new P turn intersection is at the gateway to Melbourne’s sporting precinct and will next week face a major test dealing with traffic for the Australian Open.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Infrastructure, David Davis:

“When Daniel Andrews doesn’t want Victorians to hear the bad news he just orders his government to block its release.

“Victorians have every right to know about this traffic modelling for Labor’s $110 million project but this arrogant government will pull out all stops to kept it secret.”