Mar 25, 2014

Groundhog day for WA

Tony Abbott has re-announced yet another Labor Government-funded project in Western Australia as his own.

The widening of the Kwinana Freeway between the Roe Highway and Armadale Road is an important project.

That’s why as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, I announced funding for it more than seven months ago, on August 5, 2013.


It was fully funded in the 2013-14 Commonwealth Budget.

So was the upgrade to the Great Northern Highway and the upgrade of the North West Coastal Highway, which the Coalition Government re-announced as their own on December 16, 2013.

So was the Swan Valley Bypass upgrade, which the Coalition Government re-announced on January 29, 2014.

So was the Tonkin Highway upgrade and the Leach Highway upgrade, which the Coalition Government re-announced on February 6, 2014.


All of these projects were fully funded by the Labor Government in the 2013-14 Budget.

Each has been re-announced by Coalition MPs as a new project.

This week, the Coalition Government has also claimed credit for commencing the Gateway WA project – after issuing media statement in November 2013 acknowledging the first stage was already complete.


In fact, construction on this project is now entering its second year after the Labor Government committed $686 million to this billion-dollar project.


West Australians deserve better than this sham.

If the Abbott Government has no new ideas and no new investment they should simply say so.