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Roads to Recovery programme: based on need not politics.

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M211/2001 12 July 2001


The Roads to Recovery programme was a much needed and welcomed boost to local roads in rural and regional Australia.

Federal Regional Services Minister, Senator Ian Macdonald, who is currently travelling in Capricornia as part of a 4,000 kilometre regional road trek through Queensland, said that the model used for the distribution of Roads to Recovery funding was based on the same model that Labor had established.

"Its outrageous to suggest that the issue of who holds what electorate has any bearing on the funding formula at all" he said.

"The Government has funded roads on the basis of their length and the number of people who use them, not some base political reason".

Senator Macdonald said that he has not heard one complaint about the Roads to Recovery funding allocation from any of the councils he has visited on the road trip and welcomed the Local Government Association of Queensland's comments endorsing the funding allocations.

"This programme represents a 75 per cent increase in Federal Government funding for local roads and again demonstrates our commitment to rural communities" Senator Macdonald said.

"Labor, of course, has no real commitment to rural road funding and they will rip the heart out of the programme to help pay for their flawed roll back and Knowledge Nation proposal," he said.

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