Libs claim ALP road promises are 'copycat' version of theirs

Labor has pledged $1 billion for a program to upgrade a host of Sydney roads that is very similar to that promised earlier by the Coalition.

The ‘‘copycat’’ plan, unveiled on Saturday March 14 by Labor’s spokesman on roads Michael Daley, includes $600 million for ‘‘pinch points’’ and other safety work and $400 million for a traffic management upgrade of the M4 motorway.

Mr Daley said the fully-funded plan was on top of the ongoing capital program in the budget and wouldn’t rely on privatising  the electricity network.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay said Labor had simply ‘‘photocopied’’ the Coalition’s plan.

‘‘They can’t pay for it, have no plan to deliver it, and they have an appalling record of breaking promises,’’ he said.

Cronulla MP Mark Speakman said Labor, in government, had failed Sutherland Shire motorists and had no credibility on delivering any promises.

‘‘Labor has no funding for their sudden, five minutes to midnight roads promises,’’ he said.

Twenty-one of Labor’s promised projects are in St George and Sutherland Shire.

Most relate to specific intersections, but others are vague such as ‘‘Princes Highway, Blakehurst’’, ‘‘Princes Highway, Kogarah’’ and ‘‘Princes Highway, Rockdale’’.

Should either side be believed more than the other?

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