Sep 16, 2014

Abbott reannounces Labor’s Arnhem Land projects

Tony Abbott continued the Coalition’s magical mystery infrastructure reannouncement in the Northern Territory today, where he tried to pretend road projects in Arnhem Land fully funded by the former Labor Government were new spending.

The upgrade of the Central Arnhem Road and Arnhem Link Road that the Prime Minister and Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs reannounced today were fully funded in the 2013-14 Budget by the former Labor Government.

Once again, when it comes to infrastructure the Abbott Government has no new ideas and no new investment.

Since taking office the Abbott Government has re-announced literally dozens of Labor projects in an attempt to build credibility on infrastructure.

Mr Abbott has also ripped millions of dollars funding away from local councils in the Northern Territory by cutting Round 5 of the Regional Development Australia Fund and the Financial Assistance Grants program, which pays for crucial road maintenance and services.

When Labor took office in 2007, Australia was ranked 20th in the OECD in terms of infrastructure development as a proportion of GDP.

Because of Labor’s record investment in infrastructure, Australia now ranks 1st.