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Abbott to cut infrastructure funding [and] Tony Abbott's infrastructure 'hit list'



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Campaign Media Release

Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

ABBOTT TO CUT INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

Today Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Minister Warren Truss has all but confirmed the Federal Coalition will rip more than $8 billion out of the infrastructure budget and scrap existing projects to pay for Tony Abbott’s promises, including his unfair and unaffordable paid parental leave scheme.

According to the Financial Review, infrastructure funding has become the latest victim in the Federal Coalition’s desperate search for ways to fill the $70 billion hole in their election costings.

If Mr Abbott wins, the nation’s infrastructure will be one of the big losers.

Here in South Australia, almost $600 million worth of much-needed projects will be cancelled if there’s a change of government on 7 September, including:

 South Road: Upgrade and widen the Torrens Road and the River Torrens

section, including sinking 1.4 kilometres of the road below surface as well as construct two new interchanges and a rail overpass (Federal Labor’s contribution: $448 million).

 Tonsley Park Public Transport Project: Upgrade the public transport

infrastructure in and around Tonsley Park (Federal Labor’s contribution: $31.5 million).

 Anangu Pitjanjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands: Upgrade sections of the main

access road between the Stuart Highway and Pukatja, and 21 kms of community roads (Federal Labor’s contribution: $85 million).

A full list of projects facing the axe nationwide is attached.

Cancelling major projects and ripping billions out of the infrastructure budget at a time when we should be tackling urban congestion, building stronger regions and preparing our nation for the post-mining boom era would an act of economic vandalism.

Let’s not forget that the Liberal and National Parties have form. When last in government they slashed road funding by $2 billion, starved rail of much needed new investment and refused to commit anything to fixing the nation’s urban public transport infrastructure.

By contrast, under this Federal Labor Government, Australia has gone from 20th to 2nd amongst major advanced economies when it comes to infrastructure spending as a proportion of national income.

Only Federal Labor has a positive vision and clear plan to build our nation’s future.

ADELAIDE 23 AUGUST 2013

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111 www.alp.org.au

Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600

TONY ABBOTT’S INFRASTRUCTURE ‘HIT LIST’

Federal Labor’s infrastructure commitments which have not been matched by the Liberal and National Parties - and are therefore likely to being cancelled if there’s a change of government on 7 September:

QUEENSLAND

 Brisbane Cross River Rail: Construct a new tunnel between Yeerongpilly Station and Victoria Park as well as four new underground stations.  Federal contribution: $715 million.

 Warrego Highway Upgrade: Package of works between Toowoomba and Miles.  Federal contribution: $317.5 million.

 Peak Downs Highway: Straighten and upgrade the Eton Ranges section of the road. - Federal contribution: $120 million.

 Gladstone Port Access Road: Complete this new road link. - Federal contribution: $50 million.

 Cape York Roads Package: Upgrade the road between Mapoon and Weipa, the road connecting Aurukun to the Peninsula Development Road and the Jardine River Bridge as well as redevelop the Seisia Wharf and improve the raw water pipeline from Bamaga to Seisia. - Federal contribution: $210 million

NORTHERN TERRITORY

 Regional Roads Productivity Package: Upgrade six regional roads:

o Strengthen and widen sections of Roper Highway as well as improving its flood immunity; o Seal sections of Port Keats Road as well as improving its flood immunity; o Replace gravel on poor sections of the Santa Teresa Way; o Construct a new bridge over Rocky Bottom Creek on Central Arnhem

Road;

o Strengthen, widen and seal sections of the Buntine Highway; and o Replace gravel on poor sections of Arnhem Link Road.  Federal contribution: $90 million.

NSW

 F3 Productivity Package: Widen the F3 from Tuggerah and Doyalson and from Kariong to Somersby as well as upgrade the Kariong Interchange and the Weakleys Drive intersection. − Federal contribution: $195.8 million.

 Port Botany Rail Link Upgrade: Remove the level crossing at the General Holmes Drive by constructing a road underpass. − Federal contribution: $40 million.

 Port Botany Rail Line Upgrade: Upgrade the line to improve access and connectivity between the Port and the future Moorebank Intermodal Terminal.  Federal contribution $75 million.

 Tourle Street Bridge and Cormorant Road Upgrade: Duplicate the bridge and the approaches to it. − Federal contribution: $52 million.

 New England Highway: Realign the three kilometre Bolivia Hill section. − Federal contribution: $80 million.

 New England Highway: Fix congestion and safety issues around the level crossing in Scone. − Federal contribution: $45 million.

 Mt Ousley upgrades: Construct two new northbound and two new southbound climbing lanes on Mt Ousley Road between Bulli Tops and Picton Road interchange. − Federal contribution: $42 million.

 Olympic Highway: Replace the existing Kapooka Bridge and the approaches to it. − Federal contribution: $19.5 million.

 Newell Highway: Install additional overtaking lanes. − Federal contribution: $5 million.

VICTORIA

 Melbourne Metro: Construct a new underground rail line from west of South Kensington to east of South Yarra to increase capacity on the entire network.  Federal contribution: $3 billion.

 M80 (Western and Metropolitan Ring Roads): Complete 38 kilometres of capacity improvements including installing an Intelligent Transport System along the whole corridor:

o Princes Freeway to Western Highway; o Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway; o Sydney Road to Edgars Road; and o Plenty Road to Greensborough Highway.  Federal contribution: $525.1 million.

 Managed Motorways: Upgrade the Intelligent Transport System on section of the Monash Freeway between High Street and Warrigal Road, including additional sensors and Variable Speed Signs to help improve traffic flow.  Federal contribution: $9.9 million.

 Managed Motorways: Upgrade the Intelligent Transport System along the Monash Freeway between Warrigal Road and Clyde Road, including additional sensors and more Variable Speed Signs to improve traffic flow.  Federal contribution: $68.6 million.

 Ballarat Freight Hub: Develop a general freight centre in the Ballarat West Employment Zone.  Federal contribution: $9.1 million.

 Princes Highway West: Duplicate the section between Winchelsea and Colac.  Federal contribution: $257.5 million.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 South Road: Upgrade and widen the Torrens Road and the River Torrens section, including sinking 1.4 kilometres of the road below surface as well as construct two new interchanges and a rail overpass.  Federal contribution: $448 million.

 Managed Motorways: Install an Advanced Traffic Management System along the South Eastern Freeway between Stirling and Mount Barker, including new variable speed limit and message signs.  Federal contribution: $8.0 million.

 Managed Motorways: Install an Intelligent Transport System along the South Eastern Freeway between Crafers and Stirling.  Federal contribution: $4.5 million.

 Tonsley Park Public Transport Project: Upgrade of the public transport infrastructure in and around Tonsley Park, including duplicating a section of the Tonsley Rail Line as well as upgrading Clovelly Park and Tonsley stations with new park-and-ride facilities and bus interchanges.  Federal contribution: $31.5 million.

 Anangu Pitjanjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands: Upgrade sections of the main access road between the Stuart Highway and Pukatja, as well as 21 kilometres of community roads.  Federal contribution: $85 million.

TASMANIA

 Midland Highway Upgrade: Package of works, which includes

duplication of the section between Perth and Breadalbane; dedicated upgrades at Mona Vale, St Peters Pass and between Mangalore and Bagdad; and planning for a future Launceston Bypass.  Federal contribution: $500 million over ten years.

 Freight Rail Revitalisation: Continuing upgrade of the network including

replacing approximately 290 kilometres of old track.  Federal contribution: $119.6 million.

 Brooker Highway: Address congestion and access issues at the

intersections with Goodwood and Elwick Roads as well as replace the existing Howard Road roundabout with traffic lights.  Federal contribution: $25.6 million.

 Huon Highway: Upgrade the intersection with Summerleas Road.

 Federal contribution: $17.5 million.

 Tasman Highway Ramps: Install new on and off ramps at the

intersection with the East Derwent Highway.  Federal contribution: $13 million.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 Tonkin Highway: Build three new interchanges at the intersections with

Benara Road, Morley Drive and Collier Road.  Federal contribution: $140.6 million.

 Leach Highway: Widen and straighten High Street in Fremantle between

Carrington Street and Stirling Highway.  Federal contribution: $59 million.

 Perth Public Transport Package: Assist in building a light rail network

through the City’s northern suburbs and/or a new rail line to its Airport.  Federal contribution: $500 million over ten years.

 Great Northern Highway: Package of works along the Muchea to Wubin

section, including realignment work, intersection upgrades, road widening and additional overtaking lanes.  Federal contribution: $307.8 million.

 North West Coastal Highway: Package of works between Minilya and

Barradale, include widening and strengthening the road as well as erecting two new bridges.  Federal contribution: $174 million.