May 26, 2010

Dutton’s promises aren’t worth the paper they’re written on

Dutton’s promises aren’t worth the paper they’re written on

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 26 2010

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has abandoned his personal promise to build on-off ramps along the Bruce Highway at Murrumba Downs and exposed the duplicitous nature of the letter Dickson MP Peter Dutton recently sent to local residents.

Documents released last week by the Shadow Finance Minister Andrew Robb confirm the new ramps are NOT a commitment the Liberal and National parties will honour if elected later this year – see attachment.

According to Mr Robb, the promise made by both Mr Abbott and Mr Dutton has “been discontinued.”

Under the leadership of Phoney Tony, Mr Dutton is treating his local community like mugs: telling them one thing to their faces while doing the complete opposite when he thinks no one is looking.

In February, Mr Dutton wrote to his electorate of Dickson unambiguously stating:

“I committed at the last election that if the Coalition was elected we would fund the cost of the ramps and I will be re-pledging that commitment at the upcoming election.”

This written undertaking was reconfirmed by Mr Abbott during a visit to the electorate less than four weeks ago, pledging $10 million to get the job done (Northern Times, 28 April 2010)

As it turns out Mr Dutton has been promising these new ramps for almost five years, two of them being when he was a Minister in the former Howard Government and in a direct position to keep his word.

However, we now know this “promise” was not worth the paper it’s written on, further proof that even when Phoney Tony and his Liberal colleagues make carefully prepared and scripted promises they still cannot be trusted.

With such a poor record of delivering for the voters of Dickson, it’s no wonder Mr Dutton wanted to cut and run to a safer seat on the Gold Coast.