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Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Page: 2274

Infrastructure


Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (14:48): My question is addressed to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. I ask the minister: why is federal infrastructure funding for South Australia just $95 million in 2020-21, or just two per cent of the federal infrastructure and transport budget?


Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaDeputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Leader of The Nationals, Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Deputy Leader of the House and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC) (14:48): I thank the member for his question. We are spending considerable amounts of money in South Australia. In fact, the investment is $3,439 million. And, whilst we're talking about spending and spending in infrastructure, Labor's average annual infrastructure spend was $6.05 billion. That's impressive, that's good—I'll give you that—but it's $2.1 billion less per year than the coalition's $8.14 billion annual average spend as part of our record $75 billion spend in infrastructure. Labor can cherrypick the figures until, as my late father would say, the cows come home, but the inescapable fact is that our record $75 billion infrastructure investment is delivering more than Labor ever did in South Australia or any other state.