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Abbott will cut $500 million from Perth's public transport

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Campaign Media Release Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese Candidate for Perth Alannah MacTiernan Candidate for Hasluck Adrian Evans


Tony Abbott will withdraw Federal funding from all public transport projects nationwide - blowing a $500 million hole in the Western Australian Government’s plans to build a light rail network through Perth’s northern suburbs and a new rail line to the City’s airport.

The Federal Labor Government understands the importance of investing in both road and rail to ease congestion in a metropolitan city like Perth. That’s why we’ve committed more to urban public transport infrastructure than all our predecessors since Federation combined.

Our approach is supported by Infrastructure Australia, which stresses the need to take a balanced approached to transport investment.

The cost of urban congestion in Perth is expected to rise to $2 billion a year by 2020 if nothing is done to address this problem.

It’s not just public transport funding that Mr Abbott will cut. He and the Liberals have also failed to match Federal Labor’s commitment to a range of other much-needed projects, including:

- Construction of three new interchanges at the intersections between the Tonkin Highway and Benara Road, Morley Drive and Collier Road. Federal contribution: $140.6 million.

- Widening and straightening Fremantle’s High Street between Carrington Street and the Stirling Highway. Federal contribution: $59 million.

- Upgrade of the Great Northern Highway, which includes a package of works along the Muchea to Wubin section, such as realignment work, intersection upgrades, road widening and additional overtaking lanes. Federal contribution: $307.8 million.

- North West Coastal Highway, which includes a package of works between Minilya and Barradale, such as widening and strengthening the road as well as erecting two new bridges. Federal contribution: $174 million.

Compared to the Federal Labor Government’s record investment and positive plan to build the State’s future, all Mr Abbott and the Liberals are offering Western Australians is more relentless negativity, the withdrawal of basic services and savage cuts to public transport and infrastructure funding.

On top of Mr Abbott’s cuts to Federal Labor’s record capital works program and opposition to any federal funding for public transport, Mr Abbott also wants to halt the rollout of super-fast fibre broadband, denying over 900,000 households and businesses in the State access to the boundless opportunities this essential infrastructure delivers.

Election commitments reflect a party’s priorities for the future and true to form the Liberals have chosen not to prioritise Western Australia’s infrastructure needs. As history has shown, Federal Labor always delivers more when it comes to nation building infrastructure than the Liberal and National Parties.


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