The Turnbull Government has today admitted to three years of inactivity on Melbourne road funding by announcing plans to invest in Melbourne’s M80 and Monash Freeway after having cancelled the same projects in 2013.
But the Government continues to fail Victorians by refusing to invest a cent in the Melbourne Metro public transport project.
The former Labor Government allocated funding to the Metro, only to see the project cancelled in 2013, just like the road projects Mr Turnbull today sought to pretend were new.
There’s nothing new at all in today’s announcements.
The Government has simply reversed some of its own funding cuts.
Despite the contrived fanfare around today’s announcements, the Government still remains well behind the pace on Melbourne infrastructure.
Indeed in a 3AW radio interview today, Mr Turnbull indicated he did not know where the M80 was when he said it “connects the Port of Melbourne, as you know, to the Melbourne Airport’’.
Prior to today’s announcements, the Government had allocated only 9 per cent of its entire infrastructure program to Victoria, home to a quarter of the Australian population.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures confirm that since the 2013 election, public sector infrastructure investment across the nation has declined by 20 per cent.