Mar 26, 2014

Albanese visits phantom road project

Today I was pleased to inspect the first section of a major Labor-funded road project in Perth which the Abbott Government appears to believe does not even exist.

On March 18, Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss proudly announced that he had delivered a $686 million contribution to Perth’s Gateway WA project and claimed that Labor had not provided the money for this critical project.

As he sought to con voters in the lead-up to the April 5 WA Senate election, Mr Truss pretended he was announcing a new project.

In fact, the flow of Commonwealth money for this project is in its second year. The first stage of the Gateway WA project – the Abernethy Road and Tonkin Highway interchange – is already open, having been planned, funded and delivered by the previous Labor Government.

Mr Truss and Tony Abbott are behaving like con men. They are trying to mislead voters to conceal the fact that they are slicing $500 million out of the existing Budget earmarked for public transport projects in Perth.

Rather than be honest with the people of WA, the Abbott Government has spent recent months re-announcing major Labor-delivered projects including:

  • The upgrades of the Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway.
  • The Swan Valley Bypass upgrade.
  • The Tonkin and Leach highway upgrades.
  • The Kwinana Freeway Roe Highway and Armadale Road upgrade. 

They should stop misleading the people of WA.