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ALP Roads policy.

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Martin Ferguson MP

Shadow Minister for Urban and Regional Development Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

24 September 2004

ALP Roads policy

Just like John Howard, the National Party will say anything to get re-elected.

National Party members are running around the country telling people that Labor will abolish the Black Spots Program. This is an out-and-out lie.

Labor announced in July this year that we will fully commit to the Black Spots Program for the next four years. John Anderson only made the commitment on the eve of the election.

Labor also announced our commitment to key projects such as:

• The Perth to Bunbury Highway in WA (also known as the Peel Deviation), announcing commitment of the full 50% of the project ($170 million) in July;

• The flood mitigation works on the Bruce Highway at Tully - announcing full commitment of $80 million back in August, well before the election was called.

These commitments have not changed.

Labor's transport program has been developed in close consultation with the States, and will deliver a realistic transport infrastructure program.

Labor’s policy is not about dictating to the States, or ignoring the significant planning and pre-construction works that need to be undertaken before construction can commence on many projects.

Labor has developed a transport program that will deliver an integrated transport network - this is in contrast to the Howard Government who is about dictating to the States, ignoring advice and making promises that it does not plan to keep, such as the Scoresby project.

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