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Sunday, January 08, 2006

WHITELEY A DISGRACE ON ROAD ACCIDENTS - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

WHITELEY A DISGRACE ON ROAD ACCIDENTS - Bryan Green, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The State Government today accused Liberal roads spokesman Brett Whiteley of using traumatic road accidents to score political points.
Minister for Infrastructure, Energy and Resources Bryan Green said he was sickened by Mr Whiteley’s attempt to politicise an accident on the Lyell Highway yesterday to attack the government’s record on road funding.
“It seems every time there is a road accident in Tasmania the Liberals are there preying on people’s misfortune,” Mr Green.
“If the Liberals were serious about road safety they would have participated in last year’s speed zoning review. More than 450 Tasmanians made a submission with well over 80 per cent wanting a change in speed limits. This shows how out of touch the Liberals are on the issue of road safety.
“The State Government has initiated the highly successful community road safety partnerships with local government including the widely acclaimed “Who’s Des tonight?” campaign.
“The Government has recently announced increased funding for the Road Safety Taskforce.”
Mr Green said the Liberals’ policy was serious flawed because it would use speed camera revenue to fund road safety.
“The fact is more money is spent on road safety than the revenue received from speed cameras,” he said.
“The Tasmanian Government is taking a strategic approach to road and highway upgrading in Tasmania.
“The Lyell Highway has to compete against other high-priority projects including the Tasman Highway, East and West Tamar Highways and the Kingborough by-pass.
“Motorists need to drive according to the road conditions, especially at this time of year when there are more tourists on our roads.
“The local community needs to view with great scepticism the unfunded promises of the Liberal Party on the Lyell Highway and indeed every other road around Tasmania.”


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