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Squabbling Coalition cuts road funding ignores Darwin City Deal



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THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, CITIES AND

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TOURISM

MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

LUKE GOSLING

MEMBER FOR SOLOMON

SQUABBLING COALITION CUTS ROAD FUNDING AND IGNORES DARWIN

CITY DEAL

Today marks 498 days since the Federal Coalition Government promised a special

City Deal for Darwin to lift federal infrastructure investment and underpin the city’s

economic development.

But nothing has happened - except news that Commonwealth infrastructure grants

to the Northern Territory will collapse by 75 per cent over the next four years.

These facts underscore how the Coalition has taken its eye off the ball when it

comes to infrastructure in the Northern Territory as it has become paralysed by the

internal divisions that ended Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership last week.

Mr Turnbull offered the City Deal to placate growing concern in the NT about his

Government’s cuts to road investment.

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said that far

from delivering increased investment through a City Deal, the Government has

made further cuts.

“The Budget forward estimates show that the Federal Government will invest $222

million in Northern Territory infrastructure in 2018-19,’’ Mr Albanese said.

“But that figure will fall over each of the following four years to $61 million in 2021-22.

”This 75 per cent reduction over four years means promised investment in

upgrades to the Central Arnhem Road and Buntine Highway has been pushed off

into the Never Never.’’

Labor Member for Solomon Luke Gosling said Territorians were tired of lip service

from Canberra.

“The Government has fast-tracked city deals for Townsville and Western Sydney,

but done nothing for Darwin almost 500 days after promising a City Deal for

Darwin,’’ Mr Gosling said.

“When new Prime Minister Scott Morrison makes his first trip to Darwin in his new

job, he should come prepared to explain why he is cutting investment and what

has happened to our City Deal.’’

It is looking increasingly as though the Government’s City Deals are simply a

device to delay actual investment in the infrastructure and services needed in

Australian cities.

Labor will abolish City Deals and replace them with our new City Partnerships that

will act as blueprints for genuine, bottom-up collaboration between governments on

improving the productivity, sustainability and liveability of cities like Darwin.

WEDNESDAY, 29 AUGUST 2018

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