Ms Patten (Northern Metropolitan) — My question is to the minister representing the Minister for Public Transport. The Broadmeadows train station has required urgent works for some years. The previous government cancelled the planned upgrade in what many saw as a desperate attempt to satisfy former MP Geoff Shaw by diverting the funds to Frankston instead. At the time the now Premier described the backflip as a slap in the face for families living in the state’s key growth areas, and local MP Frank McGuire, the member for Broadmeadows in the Assembly, called it a ‘reverse Robin Hood’. Now in power, the budget recently handed down does not allocate a single penny for the Broadmeadows station redevelopment.
My question is: when will the government commit to the much-needed redevelopment of the station by putting back into the budget the $30 million that was previously earmarked for this project?
I am concerned that in that answer we are now looking at a reverse Robin Hood backflip, but my question is: if the government will not commit funding to the Broadmeadows train station, why has the government broken this promise to the electorate?