Tolls

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TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY...

"I think it's fair enough user pays system, those that use it pay for it," said a motorist.

"No... because it's never been the way in this state," said another driver.

UNTIL NOW.. WE'VE LAUGHED AT MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY DRIVERS SLUGGED HEFTY FEES ON TOLL ROADS .. BUT SOON THE JOKE COULD BE ON US

"We get enough taxes from rego and stuff like that so instead of pumping into our coffers they should pump it into our roads," said one driver.

THE CONTENTIOUS TOPIC IS ONCE AGAIN DOING THE ROUNDS

"As long as they just keep talking that's all. Oh who is this the government?" said a motorist.

IN FACT .. IT'S BUSINESS SA .. ALONG WITH THE FREIGHT COUNCIL WANTING TO INTRODUCE A "USER-PAYS" SYSTEM FOR TRUCKS ALONG THE PROPOSED NORTHERN CONNECTOR TO KEEP THEM AWAY FROM OUR SUBURBAN STREETS

"A heavy transport bypass would be fantastic but it's expensive somebody's going to have to pay for it," said Nigel Mc Bride.

CEO NIGEL McBRIDE WARNS IF WE DON'T ACT .. THE STATE WON'T GROW

"If we get the population and economic growth we need we're going to have to meet that with infrastructure," said Nigrl McBride.

AND THAT WAS MUSIC TO THE EARS OF PREMIER JAY WEATHERILL.

"If they're prepared to pay we're prepared to build the road," said Premier Weathrill.

HOWEVER THE GOVERNMENT RULED OUT THE DREADED "T" WORD - AND WHO WOULDN'T JUST 67 DAYS OUT FROM AN ELECTION

"We have at all times ruled out toll road." said Premier Weathrill.

IT'S ALL BLUFF .. SAYS LIBERAL LEADER STEVEN MARSHALL WHO CLAIMS THE GOVERNMENT IS HIDING A SECRET DOCUMENT IT COMMISSIONED ABOUT INTRODUCING TOLLS

"We've been asking the government to release that briefing to cabinet. THe government has refused to. It begs the question what is in that document," said Steven Marshall.

NOTHING ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT.

THE RAA'S MARK BORLACE SAYS MUCH OF THIS DEBATE WOULDN'T EVEN BE ON THE TABLE ... IF WE SPENT OUR TAXES MORE WISELY

'Currently less than half of our road taxes are coming back to roads that we pay through the bowser so 52 we think that motorists now are paying their fare share," said Mark Borlace.

AND THE MESSAGE FROM MOTORISTS COULDN'T BE CLEARER

"Every year we survey our members including what they think about tolls and 12:04 overwhelmingly our membership is opposed to tolls," said one motorist.

"I could not justify it, def could not justify it," said another motorist.

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