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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 24

Mr BALDWIN (1:57 PM) —Today I rise to talk about the management ineptitude of the New South Wales Labor government in the way they administer funding for the Pacific Highway. I do not support the actions taken by Andrew Fraser in the state parliament of grabbing Joe Tripodi by the collar, but I understand the seriousness of this issue. The Pacific Highway is a road that needs investment. I am glad to say that our federal minister, Mr Lloyd, has seen fit to attribute $160 million a year—a $100 million per annum increase—to road funding for the Pacific Highway.

In my electorate there is a junction called the Tea Gardens turn-off or Myall Way turn-off at which there is a need for a flyover. Currently, the traffic proceeds past there at some 80 kilometres an hour in two directions. With the new freeway upgrade there will be four lanes doing 110 kilometres an hour, and they expect people to transit this intersection—without any care or consideration being taken by the New South Wales Labor government. With the increased funding that the New South Wales government has received for roads under AusLink, I demand that the New South Wales government make it a priority to install the flyover at the Tea Gardens turn-off and stop using the federal government as a scapegoat for funding. The federal government has increased funding, on a state owned road, by $100 million per annum from $60 million to $160 million per annum. (Time expired)