It’s Looking Like The Libs Will Walk Away From A Big Election Promise

Aug 10, 2018


David Penberthy and Will Goodings | FIVEaa

FIVEaa’s David Penberthy says he would “put my house” on the Liberal government breaking its election promise to give the King William St tram a right turn onto North Tce.

After Steven Marshall spoke on FIVEaa breakfast, Penbo said the premier sounded “for all the world to me like a politician who is about to walk away from a promise”.

“The Libs said if elected we will makes sure the North Tce tram can do a right hand turn and continue down to Rundle St.

“Obviously since the election it’s transpired that that is a hell of a lot harder than the Libs thought it was during the election campaign.”

When asked about the promise on FIVEaa breakfast on Friday, Mr Marshall said:

“On that one we are really just waiting to see what the experts are saying in terms of how we can fulfil that election commitment. It’s not an easy commitment… we’re waiting on the engineering advice before we make any further comment on that right turn of the tram.”

Earlier in the week Transport Minister Stephan Knoll also refused to re-commit to the promise.

According to Penbo:

“If the government ends up with some arm’s length report form the experts saying, yeah, you can make the tram turn right, it’s going to cost you $500 million, that gives them the ballast to walk away and say on cost grounds we are not going to proceed.

“If I was a betting man I’d put my house on the fact that that is what is going to happen.

“It will still be a broken promise but the promise will be broken on the basis that ‘we didn’t know it was going to be this hard… and we certainly weren’t told it was going to be this expensive, so let’s just can it.’”