Jan 17, 2014

Government reannounces Labor’s Cape York Package

In a breathtaking display, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch have reannounced Labor’s $210 million Cape York Infrastructure Package, which was included in the 2013 Labor Government Budget.

I announced this package in Cairns on 13 June 2013 with the then Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories, Catherine King and Senator Jan McLucas. A copy of the media release is attached.

At the time of the Liberal National Party failed to support this investment – now they say it’s a great idea.

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.

It’s clear from the statement that calls this reannouncement “a solid foundation for building on our Northern Australia policy” that this is also a sham.

When I announced the $210m funding commitment in June 2013 the Newman Government failed to support it.

Attached: 13 June 2013 Media Release “Investing in Cape York Roads and Infrastructure”