Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Is It All Empty Promises?

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Is It All Empty Promises?

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Byline: commentDAVID BANCROFT david.bancroft@dailyexaminer.com.au

FROM the comments on our website over the past 24 hours, it seems not everyone is convinced about the announcement by the NSW National Party that, if elected to government, it would start work on a new Grafton bridge in four years and complete the Pacific Highway in five years.

Given the background to both projects, the scepticism is

understandable.

The bridge first.

We have clippings dating back to the early 1970s saying a new site for the bridge had been chosen and we have been hearing similar murmurs ever since.

Then, in early 2003, then Premier Bob Carr, gave an iron-clad guarantee a re-elected Labor government would build a new bridge. Within 12 months he had reneged.

The announcement a

Coalition government would have work substantially

underway in four years, although probably well intentioned, is hard to accept.

Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell said he would prefer a new bridge to be built out of town. …

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