Highway blame game back on

THE Pacific Highway blame game is back from its summer holiday, with Nationals Page candidate Kevin Hogan firing a salvo over the government's commitment to fund a transport program in Western Sydney.

In a statement, Mr Hogan slammed the govermment "for earmarking funds from the North-western Rail Link for WestConnex in Western Sydney".

However, reports from Sydney and Canberra are more vague on what money the Commonwealth would put up for the NSW Government's WestConnex roads project, which has been tipped to be worth about $13 billion.

The Commonwealth has put a series of conditions on the project. If they are met, Ms Gillard has said she is prepared to pump at least $1 billion into the project. The Federal coalition has promised to provide $1.5 billion to the project.

Mr Hogan said the money the Federal Government would put into WestConnex would come from the rail link - money the Federal coalition had planned to spend on the Pacific Highway upgrade.

"It's bad enough that Labor have not matched our funding for the completion of the Pacific Highway, now they want to spend the money in Western Sydney," he said.

"The duplication of the Pacific Highway is the single biggest project for Page, as the worst stretch lies between Ballina and Grafton.

"It's vital to save lives, jobs, and tourism."

Read Mr Hogan's statement in full here.



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