Jan 19, 2015

Abbott infrastructure con exposed

New ABS figures confirm significant falls in public infrastructure spending under federal and state Coalition Governments.

These figures confirm that Labor Governments will always invest more in infrastructure.

The figures released on January 14 show federal public infrastructure work has fallen by 20% since the election of the Abbott Government.

Taking inspiration from his best mate and federal counterpart, Campbell Newman has slashed spending by a massive 40% in Queensland.

Spending also fell dramatically under the former Victorian Coalition Government (down 41%) and under the current New South Wales Coalition Government (down 30%).

Queenslanders are increasingly feeling the effect of these infrastructure cuts in their everyday lives.

Commutes are getting longer and traffic worsening while Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman worked together to kill off game-changing projects like the Cross River Rail.

Instead of standing up to Tony Abbott, Campbell Newman was silent when $715 million federal funding for the project was cut.

This project would ease congestion and reduce commuting time for thousands of people in Brisbane’s suburbs as well as create thousands of jobs.

Queenslanders are now stuck with Campbell Newman’s second-rate proposed BaT tunnel, funding for which is contingent on the sale of public assets.

First class states deserve first class infrastructure.

Tony Abbott has failed to allocate a single extra dollar for the Bruce Highway since his election, instead re-announcing projects funded by the former Labor Government as his own.

The LNP have deferred construction of the Mackay Ring Road until at least 2017 when it was due to commence in May 2014.

The next stage of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit system is in doubt because of Tony Abbott’s ideological refusal to fund public transport.

This approach stands in stark contrast with the former Labor Government’s infrastructure investment.

The former Labor Government doubled the roads budget and invested more in public transport than all previous Commonwealth Governments combined.

When we took office in 2007, Australia was 20th among OECD nations in terms of infrastructure spending as a proportion of GDP.

When we left office, Australia was 1st.