Scummo pisses $140m “congestion busting” insult on Victorians

By Leith van Onselen

Scott Morrison seems to believe he can “bust” Melbourne’s congestion, and bribe his way into office, for the pissy sum of $140 million. From SBS News:

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to spend $140 million to bust traffic congestion in Victoria, asking the state government to match the commitment.

The federal investment, announced on Wednesday, would spend $50 million on the Calder Freeway between Sunbury and the M80 Ring Road, and $50 million to ease traffic on the Hume Freeway.

Another $10 million has been pledged to ease congestion on roads in Eltham, with $30 million to upgrade Ballarto Road in Skye…

“I want people to spend less time stuck in traffic jams and more time at home with their families and working in their businesses,” Mr Morrison said.

$140 million won’t even touch the sides. What Melbournians (let alone Sydneysiders) need is tens of billions in funding to build the infrastructure necessary to keep pace with the manic population growth.

Over the past decade, Melbourne’s population ballooned by an average of 100,000 people a year, thanks to the federal government’s mass immigration policy. Worse, over the next 48 years, Melbourne’s population is projected by the ABS to grow by 109,000 people per year to more than 10 million people by 2066:

Therefore, if you thought the last decade was bad, Melbourne’s population is projected to grow even faster over the next 48 years, as will the associated negative impacts on liveability.

The fact of the matter is that under the federal government’s mass immigration settings, Melbourne will need truly record breaking infrastructure investment if decent living standards are to be maintained. This was made abundantly clear by Infrastructure Australia’s modelling, which projected worsening traffic congestion and reduced access to jobs, schools and hospitals under every build-out scenario:

It took Melbourne around 170 years to reach 3.2 million people in 2001, serviced by adequate infrastructure and a functional political economy. Yet somehow Melbourne is expected to magically cope with more than three times that population in less than 70 years (i.e. by 2066)?

Rather than throwing pissy sums at Victorians in a desperate bid to buy cheap votes, the best thing Scott Morrison could do for the state is halve immigration. This would alleviate the population pressures, improve liveability, and mitigate the need for costly infrastructure investment.

Sadly, Labor seems even worse and has indicated that it will maintain the mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy, no matter the cost.

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  1. “Sadly, Labor seems even worse and has indicated that it will maintain the mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy, no matter the cost.”
    Yep, the ideologies of multiculturalism and neo-liberalism reign in the Labor Greens and Coalition.parties.
    These ideologies have crystallized in the form of the massive Third World immigration program – a perfect storm.
    It’ll probably take an external economic event to kill this monster, because our traitors won’t touch their baby.

    • Or maybe a killer heatwave, if they have to resort to brownouts then you can directly relate that to immigration, I when 200,000 homes were without power it was because infrastructure was maxed out, as a direct result of high immigration which made people suffer in a heat wave

      • You’re dreaming. They still wouldn’t make that connection. The pollies are ‘all in’ on mass immigration, knowing full well that throttling back in any meaningful way would tip the country into recession and the hallowed property market into the abyss, leading to an outright depression. Think of their speculative nest eggs!

    • Australia is one of the most expensive countries in the world, just let unemployment rise a bit and immigration will stop being an issue.

  2. I just had a mental image of Dr Evil demanding “…the sum of ONE MILLION DOLLARS!”, and the assembled UN Security Council bursting into hysterical laughter.
    Maybe Scummo’s been in the deep-freeze since the Sixties as well? It would explain a lot.

  3. proofreadersMEMBER

    “$140 million won’t even touch the sides.”

    Buys a … couple set of fancy traffic lights?

  4. He was in Brisbane spouting the same story and generous gifts from the rulers. He even went to a primary school to boast about the new ‘stop, drop and go’ lane that busted congestion away for ever. We soo lucky!

    • “…generous gifts from the rulers…”

      Ah, yes generously confiscated from beaten down taxpayers.

      A pollie’s generosity knows no bounds! Funny that.

  5. Sic semper tyrannis

    The building crash is already upon us. Unemployment is already feeding in and employers and self employed are panicking.

    Everyone I talk to who is involved in actual building (not tradies) says the same.

    Imagine pouring 100,000 people into a Victoria where unemployment was at 8% – there would be absolute riots on the streets (more riots).

    The migration issue will resolve itself like the housing bubble. There can not be migration without gainful employment – it would be wildly reckless and outright dangerous to do so.

    The notion of endless migration is a pipe dream of big corporate Australia and the Greens – funded by magic beans form the tax payer – its reckless.

    The cognitive dissonance as cuts in numbers are forced upon is within the Greens is going to be epic – similar to the destruction of their wealth as house prices collapse – the same wealth which saw them abandon workers and the environment in favour of moral posturing and clamoring to the mirror to strike poses on political correctness.

    Its amazing how quickly you start caring about the plight of the poor foreigner from your ivory tower when there is little else to occupy your time, and how quickly you forget about them entirely when your kids can’t afford to eat.

    • Never thought I’d ever hear any politician in any country utter these words;

      ‘PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally. Tonight, I’m asking you to defend are very dangerous southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and our country. No issue better illustrates the divide between America’s working-class and America’s political class than illegal immigration. Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders, while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.

      Meanwhile, working-class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration, reduced to jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools, hospitals that are so crowded you can’t get in, increased crime, and a depleted social safety net. Tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate, it is actually very cruel.’

    • “Imagine pouring 100,000 people into a Victoria where unemployment was at 8% – there would be absolute riots on the streets (more riots).” There are no riots on the street at the moment and there will be none when it is 8%. Other than the small percentage that voted SAP at the November election, most votes were for the LNP, ALP and Greens who are all in on “mass immigration”. The LNP thought the best option is to move them to the regions and the ALP though they could build their way out. Little discussion about the environment or population during the election.

    • Wildly reckless and outright dangerous are not going to be a relevant issues. In understanding the insane levels of immigration it’s no good looking at logic. With the exception of the Loonie Green Lemming faction you have to follow the money trail if you want answers. They are of course there to see. HighRise Harry has no doubt bought an army of planners, legislators and politicians. The construction industry union bosses run the ALP.

      It’s all been for the benefit of the few.

      This trend will continue until we learn something from the people of France. If population issues are not on anyone’s manifesto you have to put them there through force. Sorry but that’s it.

    • TailorTrashMEMBER

      As Churchill said about Clement Attlee….”he is a modest Chap ….he has much to be modest about “………Atlee was actually a giant compared to Scomo or many recent Strayan Primeministers

  6. $140 m, so, like the value of one flammable creaking and cracking apartment block we’re slapping up every week to hold all our new arrivals?

  7. Did notice the cash splash mainly targeted marginal seats. Not a cent for the Princes Fwy inbound from Point Cook (Mumbai), which is after all Labor heartland. It has to be the most critical piece of road infrastructure in the country at the moment – one blockage and the entire Western suburbs hit a standstill. It has often taken people 6 hours to get home. The lucky ones park their cars and walk home!

      • To be fair, he did say “the lucky ones”.
        Still, I cant understand the bad rap Melbourne’s western suburbs get proximity-wise compared to the outer eastern suburbs which are roughly twice the distance compared to Werribee.

  8. St JacquesMEMBER

    $140 million for a metropolis of 5 million that’s growing at 120 000+ people per year? Are they intending to build a new bike path?
    What a farce.


      They better do something and fast about those budget e- bikes that have an exponentially growing presence. Even when the operator is pedal assisting the hilariously small motor, they only achieve about 30 kph in the 80 k zones. Large blocks of fast-moving traffic are forced into the brake & swerve manoeuvres which really add to the dri-vibrancy experience.

      • HadronCollision

        I love ill founded comments like this

        Yes, cyclists riding at 30-50km/h are the problem.

        I’d wax lyrical about my experiences riding to work every waking day in Melbourne for 8 years but it would be pointless

      • Hadron

        I’m a cyclist but am still able to see we’re a pain in the ass for traffic.

        More people competing for everything is difficult. Maybe cyclists need to be banned from the road?

        Some want to jam as many in as possible but make no sacrifice?

        That’s not how it’s going to work.

      • Rich is a cyclist, just like he is a union member when he needs to attack them. Scomo, is that you?

      • HC-not attributing any blame here; theme was bike paths. I’d advocate a dedicated lane for the ebike/ muscle powered crew. In most places around MEL (Punt rd., Nepean, Princes Hwy,Springvale rd etc) providing an exclusive lane is inevitable imo and car commutes will only get worse. I’ve often wondered about adding bike paths adjacent to the RR tracks. It’s just wickedly dangerous to commingle the two as Rich suggested. Am a commuter and former Cat 2/ATb racer and always ‘get over’ for the bros /sistas and will threaten to trade paint if the next lane vehicle won’t oblige. My heart drops when I see the cyclists out there amongst the texters and distracted drivers peering at their electronic screens and not their windscreens-workable solutions are needed and they are not that difficult( see bike friendly cities across the globe).

      • Andrew

        As the stupidity of being a pro population lefty dawns on them, they’re going to go through all sorts of phases of grief.

        This is just part of it. Attacking me for delivering what’s so blindingly obvious.

        Don’t hate on me. Don’t call me a liar.

        Your fight is with yourself and what your poor thinking skills and education have delivered you so far.

      • Andrew

        So your logic is I’m an anti population growth elite and or Scomo. Definitely not a union member or cyclist.

        Well thought out.

  9. To me the real question is……. how many of these cars “actually need” to be on the road?

    Surely the government should be offering huge incentives to companies that have 50% of their workforce working from home?

    What about changing the start and finish times of public servants? Or offering huge incentives to have commercial trucks on the road between 10pm and 6am?

    There are so many things the government could be doing to ease traffic congestion – other than simply building more roads !

  10. Labor is Australia’s enemy.

    When they functioned as an alternative, we had a viable future.

    Labor has to be destroyed for Australia to survive.

  11. Every time I see that odious swine smugly sneering his pie hole I want to uppercut my monitor off the 9th floor.

    What a farce. Degeneracy masquerading as democracy.

    • He makes my skin crawl. What a smug, self-pleased, ignorant man. I wonder what kind of bastard he must have been in the schoolyard? I never thought I’d say it, but I would rather look at Abbott’s face every day than scummo. That is really bad.