Fuel Excise and Road Funding
The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,
Regional Development and Local Government
Leader of the House
Member for Grayndler
January 3 2010
Australian motorists are not being short-changed.
In 2006-07 – i.e. the latest available statistics – total road expenditure by all three levels of government ($11.4 billion) exceeded the amount motorists paid in fuel excise ($9.1 billion).
Since then the Rudd Labor Government has more than doubled the Federal roads budget to $27.7 billion over six years, including $3.1 billion for the Pacific Highway, $2.6 billion for the Bruce Highway and almost $1 billion for the Hume Highway.
On top of that we’ve quadrupled investment in rail in an effort to get more people and freight off our roads and onto rail.