With the Pacfiic Hwy behind him bathed in winter sunlight Kevin Hogan joined National MPs to make yet another promise. Photo Lachlan Thompson / Daily Examiner
With the Pacfiic Hwy behind him bathed in winter sunlight Kevin Hogan joined National MPs to make yet another promise. Photo Lachlan Thompson / Daily Examiner Lachlan Thompson

Yet more highway promises

LIKE so many politicians before him Kevin Hogan stood next to the Pacific Hwy and made promises.

Forget history, forget the broken promises, the buck passing, and the inaction verging on incompetence - today is different - was the message he and his colleagues were peddling.

Page Nationals candidate Mr Hogan, NSW Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay and Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker promised they would fund the highway.

"We don't want to have argy bargy with the states over this," Mr Hogan said.

The Federal Nationals said they had struck a deal with their State colleagues to use 80% Federal 20% State funds.

Deaths are why it's important we fix the roads to the best of our ability, he said.

When asked to remember all the times he had stood by the highway and made promises Mr Gay responded, "Look I don't know but history is history and we've filled each of our commitments.

"Broken promises are not to be accepted."

Yet on June 20, 2011 Mr Gay told a Fairfax journalist: "It is like the Chinese saying, 'a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step' and the first step is to match their (the Federal Government's) commitments."

Yesterday he was offering for the State Government to pay for 20%, not 50%.



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