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3 H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

B R U C E LLOYD, M.H.R. MEMBER FOR MURRAY SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT SHADOW MINISTER FOR AVIATION

PRESS RELEASE

M O N E Y F O R T H E C O U N T R Y ' S R O A D S

Bruce Lloyd, Federal Member for Murray, today announced that the Federal Minister for Transport, Peter Morris had released details Of a new five year program, the Australian

Land Transport Program to replace the expiring Roads Grants Act -

"The Program will provide $810M for Australia's roads next financial year. This, together with $440M from the special Australian Bicentennial Road Development Program's 2 cents per litre fuel levy will mean $1250M of direct federal money

for roads in 1985-86", Mr. Lloyd explained.

He said that this is approximately the same as the current year and therefore an 8% reduction in real terms. It is also well below what the road construction and transport industry organisations consider is necessary to make progress with rehabilitation of our road system.

"The Minister has stated that local road expenditure will be maintained in real terms. National highways and rural arterial roads' expenditure will also be maintained for the first year but after that some- of the allocation could be used for

railway upgrading."

"However, finance for urban arterial roads, that is the busier roads in the metropolitan and major regional cities, have been cut and the State Ministers for Transport are criticising Mr. Morris for this significant reduction·"

Mr. Lloyd said that assuming that the Federal Cabinet did

not provide funds to keep all road users happy, Mr. Morris has decided to concentrate on these urban roads as they are the most politically sensitive at the State Government level.

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"He is presumably saying that the States have not allocated enough for roads from their own budgets, that they need to be forced to increase that commitment."

"Meanwhile, the motorist who contributes about 2/3 of the cost of every litre of petrol to the Government wants adequate funding at all levels for maintaining and improving Australian roads," Bruce Lloyd concluded.

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ends 17 April 1985