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D A V ID H a w k e r : Federal Member for Wannon Shadow Minister for Land Transport

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ROAD FUNDING SET TO FAT I .

Today's Budget revealed that road funding is expected to fall by $36 million in real terms this financial year. "Given the increases in spending on the "loony Left's" "Better Cities" programs and the like, which will do nothing to improve the fundamentals of the Australian economy, this is an alarming state of affairs", Shadow Minister fo r. Land Transport, David Hawker, said.

This reduction reveals that the Government shows no commitment to improving our road network. This Government has reduced road funding by over 30 percent in real terms in the last seven years.

However, Labor has increased its tax grab from motorists by well over 90 percent in the same period, and expects to further increase this tax by 7.2% this year. This money is being used to prop up a mismanaged government.

70 percent of trade in Australia is carried by roads.

If transport is unsafe and inefficient, costs escalate and we all end up paying more in the supermarket. Australian products cannot compete with imported goods, and our income from exports is reduced.

The road funding debacle is another example of the massive distortions this Government is causing to Australian industry through its taxation policies.

ends 20 August 1991

Contact: David Hawker (06) 277 4231

Janice Wykes (06) 277 4231 or (06) 288 3946

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