Mar 14, 2014

Another Abbott re-announcement

The Abbott Government has continued to rewrite history by re-announcing Labor’s additional $42 million upgrade of a further section of Western Australia’s Great Eastern Highway as though it was a Coalition project.

Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss today “reaffirmed’’ the Commonwealth contribution to a $67.1 million upgrade of the highway between Walgoolan and Coolgardie.

Mr Truss knows that the outgoing Labor Government funded the project prior to last year’s federal election after negotiations with the WA State Government.

The Abbott Government has re-announced dozens of Labor infrastructure projects across the country since taking office.

For example, prior to last year’s federal election the Coalition did not match Labor’s plan to invest $500 million upgrading WA’s Great Northern and North West Coastal highways.

After the election it re-announced the projects, pretending they were Coalition initiatives, despite funding having been included in the Labor’s 2013-14 Budget.

While Labor is pleased Mr Truss is implementing its program, the Coalition should stop trying to mislead the public.