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Premier Daniel Andrews has dodged answering whether the Victorian government will pay for its massive regional rail revamp.
The Labor government has announced a $1.45 billion plan to upgrade the Gippsland and Warrnambool lines and a new Surf Coast line, but it is in dispute with the federal government over the cash.
Victoria sold the Port of Melbourne lease for $9.7 billion and says it is due a $1.45 billion bonus - which would pay for the rail revamp - from the federal government under former treasurer Joe Hockey's asset recycling program.
But federal Transport Minister Darren Chester said Victoria missed the deadline for those funds and he hadn't seen business cases for the rail projects, calling the announcement about the revamp on Sunday a Santa wish list.
On Monday, Mr Andrews repeatedly said the Turnbull government should not argue over the projects and agree to the funds.
He didn't directly answer a question on whether Victoria would go it alone if the money wasn't forthcoming.
The premier was speaking at Ambulance Victoria in South Melbourne to announce another $26.5 million to continue improving ambulance response times.
Data for the March quarter shows the best performance in seven years with 80 per cent of Code One emergency calls hitting the target 15 minutes.
During the height of the response time crisis in 2012 and 2013, only 73 per cent of calls were met in time.
However, there is still work to be done.
Ambulance Victoria has two official response targets of 15 minutes for Code One calls: an 85 per cent rate State-wide and 90 per cent in centres with populations larger than 7500.
The extra millions, which will come from state coffers, will be used to help to continue improving response times.
The money will go to ensuring Ambulance Victoria can keep up with population growth.
The Victorian budget will be released on Tuesday.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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