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Labor fence-sitting on Roe 8 road: Greens

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016

Labor should commit to tearing up the $450 million in contracts for Perth's controversial Roe 8 highway extension if elected next year, WA Greens MP Lynn MacLaren says.

The Liberal National government recently awarded contracts to a consortium to build Roe 8, the most contentious part of its $1.9 billion Perth Freight Link project, despite Labor's opposition and an election looming in five months.

However, Labor leader Mark McGowan won't commit to cancelling the contracts.

It cost Victorian taxpayers $1.1 billion for no return when Labor premier Daniel Andrews tore up East West Link road contracts the coalition government signed on the eve of the 2014 election.

"Even though the tabled contract is partly redacted, it is clear from advice I have received from people who routinely deal with similar contracts, it is not a contract that would be especially punitive to break," Ms MacLaren said.

She argued that a clause within the contract allowed for 'no fault' termination and the price of doing so would only be the costs incurred up to that point and nothing to do with profit or reputation losses.

That should not be very high given little construction work would be done over Christmas, she said.

"With the tabling of this document, the ALP has genuinely run out of excuses to fence-sit about what they would do about Roe 8 if they win government," she said.

The road would provide a direct route between Fremantle Port and industrial areas and aim to improve safety and reduce congestion by getting trucks out of residential areas.

But it will also pass through the environmentally significant Beeliar Wetlands, which has been the subject of legal challenges, including on Aboriginal heritage grounds.

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