May 26, 2010

Jubilee Bridge promise “discontinued”

Jubilee Bridge promise “discontinued”

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 26 2010

The Federal Opposition has abandoned its promise to contribute $8 million towards building a replacement Jubilee Bridge in Innisfail, exposing the duplicitous nature of the recent statements made by the Leader of National Party Warren Truss.

Documents released last week by the Shadow Finance Minister Andrew Robb confirm that funding for a new bridge is NOT a commitment the Liberal and National parties will honour if elected later this year – see attachment.

According to Mr Robb, the promise made by Mr Truss has “been discontinued.”

Under the leadership of Phoney Tony, Mr Truss and his colleagues have been treating the communities of Far North Queensland like mugs: telling them one thing to their faces while doing the complete opposite when they think no one is looking.

In February, Mr Truss and his Party’s candidate for Kennedy, Ed Morrison, attended a public meeting organised to discuss the future of the Jubilee Bridge, reassuring the assembled locals that a Coalition government would kick in $8 million to build a new bridge over the South Johnstone River between East Innisfail and the town’s CBD (Tully Times, p1, 18/02/10).

However we now know the “promise” made by Mr Truss and Mr Morrison was nothing more than cheap words, further proof that even when Phoney Tony and his colleagues make considered “Gospel truth” promises they still can’t be trusted.

Once again, the Nationals have been caught out over promising and under delivering – no wonder they currently represent the fewest number of regional electorates in the Federal Parliament.