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Rudd Government must reconfirm $2.4 billion funding commitment to Pacific Highway for 2009-14

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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper


November 11, 2008

Rudd Government must reconfirm $2.4 billion funding commitment to Pacific Highway for 2009-14

The Rudd Government must reconfirm its funding commitment to the Pacific Highway after the NSW Government today reduced funding for the highway upgrade, Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker said today.

“With the current highway funding agreement between the NSW Government and the Commonwealth due to expire on June 30 2009, it very disappointing that the New South Wales Government has cut funding for the upgrade of the road, Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The Pacific Highway has never been a high priority of the NSW Labor Government so today’s funding cut is not that surprising.

“However, the real concern here is the Rudd Government will use the NSW Government funding cut as an excuse to reduce the Commonwealth funding commitment.

“Last week Treasurer Wayne Swan announced that infrastructure spending would have to be reviewed by the Federal Government, given the economic downturn.

“Kevin Rudd can’t use any cuts in funding by the NSW Government as an excuse to reduce Commonwealth funding for the Pacific Highway. The Pacific Highway is the most important infrastructure project in the nation.

“Last year Mr Rudd matched the Coalition Government commitment of $2.4 billion for the period 2009-14. It is incumbent on Mr Rudd to deliver on that that election promise.

“I look forward to the Government honouring their Pacific Highway commitment and enabling the upgrade of the road to continue.

“Kevin Rudd often talks about ending the blame game between State and Federal Governments.

“It’s now time for him to back his rhetoric with action and confirm that the Commonwealth will deliver the $2.4 billion promised.”