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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 14688

Infrastructure


Mr CHRISTENSEN (DawsonThe Nationals Deputy Whip) (14:19): My question is to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development. Will the Deputy Prime Minister update the House on what infrastructure projects have been delivered by the coalition government over the past 12 months?


Mr TRUSS (Wide BayDeputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development) (14:20): Of course on Tuesday I delivered the government's second annual report on progress on the development and implementation of our $50 billion infrastructure program, Building the infrastructure of the 21st century. I think, perhaps, in the spirit of Christmas, let me mention some of the many projects that the government has completed through the year.

In the 12th month before Christmas, the government delivered a $140 million duplication of the Princes Highway east near Traralgon in the Gippsland electorate. In the 11th month before Christmas, we delivered the next stage of the Western Highway in the member for Wannon's electorate. In the 10th month before Christmas, we delivered the $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery Program to local councils. In the ninth month before Christmas, we delivered the $50 million upgrade of the Bruce Highway from Sandy Corner to Collinsons Lagoon in the electorate of the honourable member for Dawson. In the eighth month before Christmas, we delivered $212 million for 51 projects under the National Stronger Regions Fund. In the seventh month before Christmas, with the help of the Brisbane City Council, we delivered the $1.5 billion Legacy Way tunnel project in Brisbane. In the sixth month before Christmas, we delivered safety works on the Moss Vale Road in the electorate of Gilmore—

Mr Conroy interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Charlton is warned!

Mr TRUSS: to make the road safer in those parts. In the fifth month before Christmas, we delivered the Moree Bypass—sixth months ahead of schedule—in the electorate of Parkes. In the fourth month before Christmas, we delivered the Glenorchy Straight upgrade for the people of Wide Bay. In the third month before Christmas, there was $35 million for drought assistance for projects in outback Queensland and New South Wales. In the second month before Christmas, we delivered stage 1 of the North West Coastal Highway in the electorate of the honourable member for Durack. In the last month before Christmas—in fact, next week—the government will deliver the $170 million upgrade to the Yeppen floodplain in the electorate of Flynn. So those are many examples of the way in which the government is delivering safer motoring for people over the Christmas period, delivering presents, but presents which will deliver for our nation's economy as it grows stronger—

Ms MacTiernan interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Perth has already been warned.

Mr TRUSS: with better infrastructure, the kind of infrastructure that is needed for the 21st century.