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May issues M1 warning to Silent Six Labor MP's.



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Margaret May MP

Federal Member for McPherson Shadow Minister for Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

23 October 2008

May issues M1 warning to Silent Six Labor MP’s

Margaret May MP has issued a warning to the Silent Six Gold Coast MP’s that locals will demand efficient use of taxpayer’s dollars in these uncertain financial times.

“To have a member of the State Labor Government petitioning for extra federal funding for the M1 when current funding is yet to be utilised is a joke.

“Except the residents of McPherson are not laughing. They are queuing on the Pacific Highway and wondering why on earth Mrs Reilly needs to petition for funding when her State Government colleagues are sitting down with their Federal Labor counterparts at the Council of Australian Governments often (four times in 2008).

“Let’s be clear. The Howard Government delivered $120 million in federal government funding for the Tugun Bypass and committed $455 million for the upgrade of the M1 from Stewart Street to Nerang. The Rudd Government matched this commitment.

“On 21 February this year, Mrs Reilly stated, “When the Queensland Government finally received a federal funding commitment for this section of the M1 last year, we promised to get on with the job - and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

“What a load of nonsense.

“With works already commenced on interchanges at Nerang and Tugun, Mrs Reilly and her colleagues must explain where the rest of the $910 million has gone before asking for more money.

Margaret said infrastructure was costly. “I understand these critical large scale projects often require additional funding but I am concerned that the State Government is not being held accountable for the money they have already been delivered.

“It is time for Mrs Reilly and the rest of the “silent six” Gold Coast Labor State members to turn their government’s rhetoric into action and address the transport infrastructure needs on the Southern Gold Coast in an open and transparent manner, Margaret said.

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