PETITION AGAINST M4 TOLL TO BE PRESENTED TO NSW PARLIAMENT

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NSW Labor will force a debate in State Parliament over the reintroduction of the M4 toll, after more than 10,000 signatures were collected from furious Western Sydney residents.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley was in St Marys today, with Member for Londonderry Prue Car, to announce that a petition - with signatures collected across Western Sydney by Western Sydney Labor MPs - will be presented to the Parliament next week.

It comes as Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced she will slap a great big new tax on Western Sydney by reintroducing the unfair and unaffordable toll on the widened M4 as part of WestConnex in mid-July.

With a one-way toll of up to $4.56, five-day-a-week commuters face paying an extra $2,188 a year to travel on the M4.

Labor took the tolls off in 2010 when the road was paid for; the Liberals are putting it back on for the next 43 years.

Ms Car, who is also Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Western Sydney, has heard directly from thousands of locals who are enraged about the new toll which will be placed on the section of the M4 between Parramatta and Homebush.

All petitions presented to NSW Parliament with 10,000 signatures and over, must be debated. NSW Labor is urging the Berejiklian Government to bring forward this debate at the earliest possible time. 

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“The toll is higher than what was promised at $4.56 each way - so even though the road is running late they’re still putting up the cost before they even get a chance to open it. 

“This is a tax targeted squarely at Western Sydney motorists.

“We will be forcing Parliament to debate this great big tax on Western Sydney.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Western Sydney Prue Car

“Communities across Western Sydney are furious about this - evident in the fact we have 10,000 signatures.

“It is a kick in the guts that communities in Western Sydney will have to pay more than $2,000 dollars a year extra in tolls when cost of living pressures are already out of control.”