Light rail decision reveals serious integrity issues in government

​Today’s revelations that the Barr government received further advice against proceeding with light rail demonstrates serious governance concerns in 

Andrew Barr and his administration, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.

“It was revealed today that the government received an internal report advising against trams on Northbourne Avenue. This internal report is in addition to numerous 

other reputable organisations who have advised against light rail including Infrastructure Australia and the Productivity Commission,” Mr Coe said.

“The government’s to build light rail decision demonstrates that it was only looking for a political solution.

“ACT Labor has serious problems in running the ACT government, highlighted 

recently with major concerns about land deals through the Land Development Agency.

“The government seems to be willing to spend any amount of money in order to get the political outcome it wants.

“Today’s revelation demonstrates that Mr Barr is willing to spend over $1 billion on a political decision that he was explicitly advised against by his own government.

Issues such as this highlight why an ICAC is needed, so that rampant political  decision making at taxpayers’ expense can be stamped out,” Mr Coe concluded.