Abbott Victory a Win for NSW – Premier Barry O’Farrell
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell writes for Indian Herald
The emphatic victory of the Liberal & Nationals Party in the federal election will deliver a range of positive outcomes for the people of NSW.
I congratulate Tony Abbott and Nationals leader Warren Truss on their election win and look forward to working with the new Prime Minister and his team after being let down by Labor at both federal and state levels for so long.
It is no secret that Mr Abbott and I share the same commitment to Sydney and NSW.
The election of a Coalition Federal Government now gives us a unique opportunity to deliver the roads to get Sydney moving.
We now know that the NSW Government’s 33-kilometre WestConnex motorway, which includes a widened M4 from Parramatta to Strathfield and a connection with the City West Link and the eastern section of Parramatta Road, will now go ahead.
Mr Abbott’s upfront commitment of $1.5 billion towards the project means it can be started and completed sooner than would have been possible under Labor, which was never serious about the project.
The NSW Government has already committed $1.8 billion so we won’t be wasting any time in sitting down with the new federal government to get this massive transport project – Australia’s biggest – underway.
A federal Liberals and Nationals Government is also good news for the proposed F3-M2 link and the Pacific Highway north of Sydney.
The incoming Federal Government is committed to restoring the traditional 80-20 funding split for the completion of the Pacific Highway duplication. All those communities on the North Coast can finally see the end in sight for completion of this critical and long overdue safety upgrade.
Despite Anthony Albanese being a Sydney-based infrastructure minister, this city was forgotten when it came to infrastructure funding under Federal Labor.
But we’ve been getting on with the job with our $60 billion infrastructure program so I’m delighted the incoming federal government’s commitment to these road projects will build on other NSW Government infrastructure projects like the North West Rail Link, South West Rail Link, the M5 widening, CBD light rail and hospital projects like Campbelltown and Blacktown-Mount Druitt.
NSW can also look forward to the Federal Coalition government implementing its $100 million boost to border protection to stop the flow of illegal weapons into Australia.
Under Labor, border protection services like Customs were slashed, leading to an influx of illegal weapons through our porous borders and into the hands of criminals on the Sydney’s streets.
A renewed focus on border protection will help protect the community and give NSW Police the support they need to build on their good work of ridding our suburbs of illegal weapons.
Sydney’s role in the national economy is crucial and I look forward to working with Tony Abbott to build on the work we’ve been doing for the past two and half years to grow the NSW economy, encourage investment and create jobs.
Labor was hopeless at economic management and hopeless at telling an economic message. It has meant business hasn’t had the confidence it needed to invest.
I’m optimistic that with the federal election now out of the way and an end to the chaos in Canberra, business will be able to get on with doing what it does best which is good news for Sydney and NSW.