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Abbott's billions of cuts to infrastructure

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Campaign Media Release

Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese


Today’s release of the Coalition’s documents shows that over $8 billion of projects that are already in the Budget could be cut if Mr Abbott is elected Prime Minister.

This is on top of the Coalition confirming today that they will give $17.2 billion to big miners and polluters and cut $4.6 billion from household budgets by cutting the Schoolkids Bonus.

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

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

Mr Abbott, your priorities are all wrong.



• Bolivia Hill: The realignment of three kilometres of the New England Highway at Bolivia Hill to improve safety. ($80m)

• Port Botany rail line upgrade: Upgrade of the Port Botany Rail Line to improve access and connectivity between the port and the future Moorebank Intermodal Terminal. ($75m)

• Tourle Street bridge and Cormorant Road: The duplication of the Tourle Street bridge. ($52million)

• Scone Level Crossing: Fixing congestion and safety issues around the level crossing along the New England Highway in Scone.($45m)

• Mt Ousley upgrades: This project will involve the construction of two new northbound and two new southbound climbing lanes on Mt Ousley Road between Bulli Tops and Picton Road interchange. ($42m)

• Port Botany Upgrade Program: the removal of the rail level crossing at the General Holmes Drive. ($40m)

• Kapooka Bridge: The replacement of the Kapooka Bridge on the Olympic Highway and the removal of sharp curves on approach. ($19.5m)

• Newell Highway overtaking lanes. ($5m)

QLD: • Brisbane Cross River Rail: Construction of approx. 9.8 kilometres of new underground tunnel from Yeerongpilly Station through to Victoria Park, including four new underground stations that will help increase

capacity on the Brisbane Rail Network. ($715m)

• Cape York Roads Package. ($210m)

• Upgrade of the Peak Downs Highway. ($120m)

• Gladstone Port Access road. ($50m)


• Melbourne Metro: A nine kilometre underground railway from west of South Kensington to east of South Yarra that will help increase capacity on the Melbourne Rail Network.($3 billion)

• M80 (Western and Metropolitan Ring Roads): Upgrades, widening and safety improvements. ($525M)

• Managed Motorways: Improve traffic flows on the Monash Freeway. ($78.5m)

• Ballarat Freight Hub: Development of a general freight centre in the Ballarat West Employment Zone.($9.1m)


 Perth Public Transport Package: Funding for future rail infrastructure in

Perth, including work on the Perth Light Rail Project or the Airport Link. Priorities and construction timetables will be determined in consultation with the WA Government. ($500m)

 Great Northern Highway: Safety upgrades and overtaking lanes.($307.8m)

 North West Coastal Highway: Targeted safety upgrades. ($174m)

 Tonkin Highway: Grade separations and safety improvements. ($140.6m)

 Leach Highway: The upgrade of High Street in Fremantle between

Carrington Street and Stirling Highway. ($59m)


• South Road - Torrens Road to River Torrens: Upgrade and widen South Road between Torrens Road and the River Torrens. ($488m)

• Anangu Pitjanjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands: Upgrade sections of the 210 kilometres of main access road between the Stuart Highway and Pukatja. ($85m)

• Tonsley Park Public Transport Project: Upgrade the public transport infrastructure in and around Tonsley Park. ($31.5m)

• Managed Motorways: Improving traffic flows on the South Eastern Freeway between Stirling, Mount Barker and Crafers. ($12.5m)


 Midland Highway Package: Dedicated package of works that will improve

safety and productivity as well as reduce travel times. ($500m whereas the Coalition is only promising $400m)

 Freight Rail Revitalisation: Continue the improvements to the major lines

on the freight rail network, including replacing approximately 290 track kilometres of old rail track. ($119.6m)

 Brooker Highway: safety upgrades and improvements. ($25.6m)

 Huon Highway: Upgrade of the Huon Highway and Summerleas Road

intersection. ($17.5m)

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

between the Tasman and East Derwent highways.($13m)

 Domain Highway: Planning and the development of the Domain Highway

and Brooker Highway Interchange. ($4m)


 Regional Roads Productivity Package: ($90m)

o strengthening and widening sections of the Roper Highway as well as improving its flood immunity; o sealing sections of Port Keats Road as well as improving its flood immunity; o replacing gravel on poor sections of the Santa Teresa Way;

o construction of a new bridge over Rocky Bottom Creek on Central Arnhem Road; o strengthening, widening and sealing sections of the Buntine Highway; and o replacing gravel on poor sections of Arnhem Link Road.

 Berrimah Road Duplication ($60m)


• National Network Maintenance: $1.75 billion