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MEDIA RELEASE

 

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT

LINDSAY TANNER MP

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MELBOURNE

 

South Australia Loses - Again

 

The Federal Transport Budget is a huge disappointment for South Australia, Shadow Minister for Transport Lindsay Tanner said toda y.

 

“The Federal Government has yet again announced its rail infrastructure fund, $120 million less than Labor’s, and has failed to allocate any funds to the desperately needed upgrade of the Adelaide to Melbourne track.

 

“The Overland service between Melbourne and Adelaide is under severe threat because speed restrictions on the track between Adelaide and Melbourne add between two and three hours to the journey. An upgrade of the track is urgently required to make the Overland more competitive, and to make freight operations more efficient. A Labor Government will make the Adelaide - Melbourne track upgrade its top rail funding priority.

 

“Once again, there is no Roads of National Importance money for South Australia. At the Road Transport Forum annual convention in April, State Transport Minister Diana Laidlaw said that she would lobby the Federal Transport Minister for RONI funding. It would appear her lobbying has been ineffective.

 

“Overall National Highway funding has been cut yet again. In Labor’s last Budget it was $834 million. In the 1997 Budget it was $697 million, and in this Budget it has been cut again to $675 million. Most of the cuts are in maintenance, thus leaving Australia with a growing problem in coming years.

 

“South Australia has a huge majority of Federal Liberal MPs. They have been totally ineffective in delivering decent funding for South Australian transport users”.

 

12 May 1998

 

For further information contact Lindsay Tanner or Warren Mundy on (02)

6277 4328