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Engineers Australia gives an "F" to Tasmania's Labor politicians.

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Senator Eric Abetz Liberal Senator for Tasmania Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations  

Engineers Australia gives an "F" to Tasmania’s Labor politicians Tuesday, 25 May 2010 13:09

Tasmania’s rail network has today been “failed” by Engineers Australia, making it even more shameful

that not a single cent of the budget’s $1billion-plus investment in rail across the nation came to Tasmania,

the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team said today.

In addition, the report highlights the fact that Tasmania’s national roads - such as the Midland Highway

- have deteriorated due to increased freight usage, and the pavement exceeding its design life, and that

any recent investment has been “catch-up” only.

“This damning report by Engineers Australia highlights the shameful nature of Tasmania’s road and rail

network under Labor”, spokesman for the team, Senator Eric Abetz, said today.

“It also highlights the complete inadequacy of Tasmania’s Labor members of parliament in being able to

secure much-needed infrastructure funding for Tasmania.

“We know that the Federal Labor members didn’t ask for any funding for infrastructure from the budget

because they have said so, and State Labor continue to stubbornly turn a blind eye to the clear need to

upgrade the Midland Highway.

“The Liberals have a clear plan to upgrade transport infrastructure in Tasmania, including $400 million to

duplicate the Midland Highway.

“While Labor continues to ignore and road and rail, it is clear that the only way to get real action on

Tasmania’s infrastructure is to vote Liberal.”