Kevin Hogan.
Kevin Hogan. Lachlan Thompson

Pacific Hwy is a long road of broken 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.

Mr Hogan, along with the NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay and Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker, promised they would fund the highway's construction.

"We're talking about an election now where two sides are offering two different deals," Mr Hogan said.

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

The Federal Nationals said they had struck a deal with their State colleagues, to fund the highway using 80% Federal funds and 20% State funds.

Last time Mr Gay came to the Valley he was stuck in his car, on the highway, as emergency services cleared the wreckage of a fatal crash.

"It's one of the things that goes with the job, the fatalities and it's hard to forget about them and I do remember that one coming here today," he said.

"That's why it's important that we fix the roads to the best of our ability."

Mr Gay was asked about a statement from NRMA president Wendy Machin in 2012 where she identified the Howard government as pioneering the 50:50 Pacific Hwy funding split the current Labor Government is trying to negotiate with the Coalition State Government.

"This is all a part of the crap past, he blamed her she blamed him, it was his fault no, it was her fault," Mr Gay said, when dismissing the issue.

"There is Kevin Hogan promising 80% and Janelle Saffin sitting at 20%."

In fact Ms Saffin's party is offering to fund 50% of the highway. When asked to remember all the times he had stood by the highway and made promises Mr Gay responded with the following statement.

"Look I don't know but history is history and we've filled each of our commitments," Mr Gay said

"Broken promises are not to be accepted."

On June 21, 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 and fulfil all those commitments for this year," but yesterday he was offering for the State Government to pay for 20% of the highway, not 50%.



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