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Federal Labor backs SA public transport



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THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TOURISM

MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

FEDERAL LABOR BACKS SA PUBLIC TRANSPORT

An elected Federal Labor Government will work with the South Australian Labor

Government to ensure key public transport projects including the Gawler line

electrification and the AdeLINK tram network become a reality.

Both projects appear on Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List,

published in February 2016.

Upon being elected the Coalition cancelled every dollar of public transport

funding for South Australia including $76 million federal funding from the

Gawler line electrification project and $31.5 million for the Tonsley Park Public

Transport Project.

In last year’s Federal Budget the Coalition Government cut $318 million from

job-creating South Australian infrastructure projects, despite the state having

the nation’s highest unemployment rate.

This included reductions in the South Road upgrade, Goodwood and Torrens

Rail Junction Upgrade, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program and the

Bridges Renewal Program.

The former Labor Government almost tripled annual infrastructure spending

from $109 to $272 per South Australian, including the construction of South

Australia’s first electrified rail line to Seaford, which created 2000 jobs and is

now used each weekday by over 15,000 people.

Only a federal Labor Government will invest in the job-creating, productivity

boosting infrastructure, including public transport, which South Australia needs.

MEDIA CONTACT: HANNAH FRANK 0427 636 837

WEDNESDAY, 13 APRIL 2016