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Interview with Stephen Mullighan, Transport Minister for SA, on accusations of road neglect from SA opposition.

Mullighan says they’ve never neglected any roads and says it’s quite the opposite to what the other party claims. He says they’ve already ramped up road funding into regional roads and says the policy announced by Steven Marshall, SA Opposition Leader, would be a disaster for the region, leaving SA $20m short of funding. He says they’ve reduced road toll in some areas because there are currently eight roads which pose a high risk for drivers. He says they are already spending another $35m on regional roads, including the Stuart Highway, Princes Highway, and Yorke Peninsula Roads. Aside from these projects, they’ve also been trying their best to rescue Arrium and fund the new solar reserve project at Port Augusta. In addition, he says when he challenged another Liberal member this morning, both he and Marshall had quickly changed their tune on their policy because they realised they will be short on money. As for the duplication of roads issue [McLaren Vale], he says it’s not the most pressing issue at the moment and says focus should be in keeping money within the state and keeping road users safe. Meanwhile, Pantelis says that Phil Sutherland, Civil Contractors Federation, mentioned this morning that if the government wants to have a look at a one-way Southern Expressway in 2017, just have a look at the tram extension that doesn’t turn east from King William to North Terrace. He adds that that is the biggest blunder and oversight. Mullighan defends their decision and saying they planned out the project over the next 20-30 years, noting that they don’t need to send trams in every possible direction on North Terrace because trams will not solely rely on that intersection.


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