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Federal infrastructure funding for Queensland: the facts



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Media Statement

FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING FOR QUEENSLAND: THE FACTS

I welcome the Queensland Government’s list of infrastructure priorities and we will certainly consider it as we work to finalise the details of our next Nation Building Program due to begin in mid-2014.

But any discussion about infrastructure funding going forward should be based on facts and not political spin. We need to have a mature debate about priorities for the future.

Here are the basic facts.

Firstly, there are significant pressures on the budgets of all governments - State and Federal - as a result of the lingering effects of the Global Financial Crisis and the biggest international downturn since the Great Depression.

Secondly, despite that pressure and a massive write-down in our revenues, we are continuing to make an unprecedented investment in Queensland’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure.

Indeed, since being elected in late 2007, this Labor Government has more than doubled annual infrastructure spending from $143 to $314 per Queenslander. That’s a total of some $8.7 billion over the six year life of our current Nation Building Program.

This includes funding for the Moreton Bay Rail Link ($742 million) and the Gold Coast Rapid Transit ($365 million). In contrast, the former Howard Government did not fund a single public transport project in Queensland during their twelve years in office.

In short, if the LNP honestly believe Queensland is currently “missing out” on Federal infrastructure dollars then they must have been beside themselves with rage every time the former Howard Government brought down a budget.

See attached map for the projects that are being progressed over the course of this financial year alone.

For my part, I will continue to work cooperatively with whoever is in power in Queensland to build the modern, well-planned infrastructure which will make working people’s lives easier, our businesses more competitive and the national economy stronger, not just for the next five years but for the next five decades.

Media contact: Jeff Singleton 0410 476 890

Thursday, 24 January 2013

FEDERAL LABOR’S RECORD: QUEENSLAND

SOUTH EAST CORNER

Federal Labor is investing more than $6.3 billion in major road, rail and public transport projects in Brisbane and South East Queensland - more than what the former Howard Government spent across the entire State over a similar period of time.

This includes major upgrades of the roads connecting Brisbane to:

 Ipswich in the west; (Ipswich Motorway; $2.5 billion; completed six months early and under-budget)

 Gold Coast to the south; (Pacific Motorway; $420 million; completion: 2015)

 Sunshine Coast to the north. (Bruce Highway; $195 million; in planning and expected to be completed in 2015)

Federal Labor has also committed:

 $742 million to build the Moreton Bay Rail Link in partnership with the State government ($300 million) and the Moreton Bay Regional Council ($105 million).

Construction is underway and expected to be completed in 2016.

 $365 million to the Gold Coast’s $1 billion Light Rail project, which we’re delivering in partnership with the State government and the local council.

Construction is underway and expected to be completed this year.

REGIONAL QUEENSLAND

Nothing better symbolises the Howard Government’s neglect of the nation’s infrastructure than the current state of many of Queensland’s major regional roads, most notably the Bruce Highway.

Federal Labor has since reversed those cuts - and gone much further.

 BRUCE HIGHWAY (Brisbane to Cairns): $3.3 billion.

Compared to the former Howard Government, that’s twice as much in half the time. Right now there are hundreds of workers onsite upgrading 158 kilometres of highway.

 WARREGO HIGHWAY (Ipswich to Charleville): $140 million/six years to maintain and upgrade key sections of this road.

That compares to the former Howard Government’s $177 million over twelve years.

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