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Rudd government "all talk and little action"

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Thu, 27th August 2009

Rudd government "all talk and little action"

The Hon Warren Truss MP Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Leader of The Nationals

The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and COAG and Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Emissions Trading Design

Joint Release

The release today of the Commonwealth Coordinator-General’s Progress Report on the Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan demonstrates the flawed, wasteful and poorly targeted nature of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion in spending.

“The Government’s report reveals that a measly 370 projects out of 33,000 approved projects have been completed - just one per cent of the total projects,” said the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Andrew Robb MP and the Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Transport, Warren Truss MP.

“This Government is all talk and no action. When it comes to making spending commitments, they are experts, however when it comes to delivering these promises, they are found wanting.

The report also reveals that the Government’s bungled Building the Education Revolution programme has blown out by $1.5 billion.

“The Government’s plan which was intended to stimulate the economy has done little, with less than half of the projects yet to commence.

For example:

Only 4 of the 14 major road projects have commenced.

Only 10 of the 17 major rail projects have commenced.

Only 88 of the 607 ‘Black Spot’ program projects have commenced, with a mere 5 projects completed.

Only 37 of the 202 ‘Boom Gate’ projects have been completed.

“Results from today’s report prove that the Stimulus Plan is just another failed example in a long line of failed Government infrastructure failures.

The Government’s Computers in Schools program has been a shambles. The Primary School’s for the 21st Century program has been a shambles with some

schools finding out they get nothing. Now we have all talk and no action when it comes to these road and rail projects.

The Government has borrowed billions of dollars from future generations without having a clear plan to stimulate the economy.

Their lack of economic experience is highlighted in the report which states that the Government has had to “recalibrate” some elements of the Plan to actually deliver outcomes.

Minister Albanese is all spin and no shovel - he needs to put the same effort into effective delivery of projects as he does into the politics of grand announcements.