Tony Abbott has confirmed there will be no Commonwealth money for commuter rail projects if he wins the election, directly contradicting Premier Denis Napthine's claim that the federal Opposition Leader's stance on public transport had ''softened''.
Desperate to head off a road versus rail debate, Dr Napthine said he had been reassured in private conversations that Mr Abbott was open to the idea of funding the metro rail tunnel from South Kensington to South Yarra.
''I've certainly had some discussions about Tony Abbott's issue with rail tunnels and he has softened, and he has indicated to me that they are prepared to have ongoing discussions on key infrastructure like the metro rail tunnel,'' Dr Napthine said.
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so with the victorian libs it must be the tunnel at all costs but why? transurban the biggest operator of toll roads in australia does not see the viability of the project. why is it being built?