The Coalition Government’s magical mystery infrastructure reannouncement tour has taken to Central Australia, where it has tried to hide the lack of a single extra dollar for the NT in this year’s Budget by re-announcing the $90 million Regional Roads Productivity Package, funded in 2013-14 by the former Labor Government.
The 2014-15 Budget did not contain a single extra dollar for a single metre of new road in the NT.
I announced the Regional Roads Productivity Package for the Northern Territory on 2 August 2012 with the former Northern Territory Labor Government:
Funding was included as part of the 2013-14 Labor Government Budget:
The Abbott Government is deliberately misleading the community by trying to pretend this is new money.
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.
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.